FHS is a COVID Safe School

Our school has a COVIDSafe Plan to maintain the safety of all staff and students.


The four pillars of the COVIDSafe Plan are:

  • Reinforcing COVIDSafe behaviours
  • Creating COVIDSafe spaces
  • Promoting COVIDSafe activities
  • Responding to coronavirus (COVID-19) risk

For detailed information visit: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Footscray High School

(Metropolitan Melbourne)

Monday 4th October 9am

  • Classes commence remotely for Years 7-12 (Refer to FHS Remote Learning Plan 6.0)

Tuesday 5th October

  • VCAA GAT for students enrolled in VCE units 3 and 4 scored VET subjects 10am – 1.15pm Organisation for the GAT will look a little different this year due to extra Covidsafe procedures we have put in place. Arrival time will be staggered so as to reduce crowding. By Monday you will receive information informing you of your arrival time. When you arrive at school you will be met outside the front door by staff. Please line up leaving a 1.5m space between students.A staff member will ask you for your VCAA number and will mark your name off ready for entry to the GAT. Please monitor Compass regularly for further information and updates.
  • Years 7-11 Continue with Remote Learning Plan 6.0

From Wednesday 6 October (first week of Term 4)

  • Year 12 – Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4 and final year Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) (Monday to Friday)

From Tuesday 26 October (fourth week of Term 4)

  • Year 7 (Monday to Friday)
  • Years 8 and 9 (Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Year 10 (Thursday and Friday)
  • Year 11 (Monday to Friday)

From Friday 5 November

  • All students are expected to return to onsite learning Monday to Friday.

Staged return to onsite learning for schools

Face Masks – Students

Masks are required to be worn Inside School Buildings , Outside, on the way to and from school and on Public Transport

Students aged 12 and over who are permitted to learn on-site at secondary schools must wear face masks indoors and outdoors, unless a lawful exception applies.  

Students must wear a mask on their way to and from school, and on public transport.

Secondary students are not required to wear a face mask if they have an illness, condition or disability that means it would not be suitable to wear one.

Latest information can be accessed via https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks#do-students-at-schools-need-to-wear-a-face-mask

General Achievement Test 2021

The GAT will be held on Tuesday 5 October from 10.00am – 1.15pm.

We will continue to work with the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Health on health and safety requirements for the GAT.

Please continue to check Compass for updates

More information can be accessed via the VSBA website here

Information for Parents and Carers

For the remainder of lockdownRemote and flexible learning will continue to be delivered to students on the days they are not attending onsite. FHS will continue to deliver the learning program via the Continuation of Learning Plan 6.0. Note that remote and flexible learning commences at 9am on Monday the 4th of October (the first day of term 4).Vulnerable children and children of people on the authorised provider and authorised worker list are able to attend onsite. A reminder that students who attend onsite will continue remote learning. Note that the school adheres to strict guidelines around eligibility for onsite supervision. These categories are listed below.

A) Children where both parents and or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an authorised provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made:

  • Where there are two parents/carers, both must be authorised workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision at school.
  • For single parents/ carers, the authorised worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision at school.

B) Children experiencing vulnerability, including:

  • in out-of-home care
  • deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
  • identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service)

Further advice for parents about education services that are affected by COVID-19 can be accessed via coronavirus.vic.gov.au

COVID-19 education hotline

Call 1800 338 663, from 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday (excluding public holidays). If you need an interpreter, call 131 450.

Further Resources

Face Masks: What you can and cannot wear in public

Guide: Are you wearing your mask correctly?

Protect you and your family – wash your hands regularly

Protect you and your family – sanitise your hands regularly

Protect you and your family – cover your cough and sneeze