Update: Victorian education minister James Merlino outlined when students in metropolitan Melbourne can go back to school.
Speaking at the daily press briefing, Mr Merlino said, subject to final health advice, Year 7 students in metropolitan Melbourne will resume face-to-face learning from Monday, October 12. Students in Years 8 to 10 will return from Monday October 26.
Students in rural and regional Victoria are returning to the classroom in a staggered approach from today, their date depending on their year level and local circumstances.
The Victorian Government recently announced a $28.5 million package of initiatives to ensure more students can receive more support, including through the Navigator Program, LOOKOUT, Mental Health Practitioners and the Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot.
Earlier: Victoria has recorded just nine new cases of coronavirus and more importantly, zero deaths in the past 24 hours.
Metro Melbourne's 14-day rolling average is now at 11.6, while regional Victoria's is at 0.3.
The Wimmera remained free of any active COVID-19 cases, with the latest figures from the DHHS.
There are no active cases assigned to any local government areas in the region.
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