Victoria’s Deputy Premier James Merlino says VCE students will be able to sit their final exams even if they are deemed a close contact.

“Students who are primary close contacts can sit their exams in a dedicated room with a separate entrance either by themselves or safely distanced from other students who are also primary close contacts depending on the school’s capacity,” Mr Merlino said.

“They will be supervised by staff wearing face shields and healthcare worker level PPE. The rooms will be safely ventilated and cleaned between each use.

“Help us keep the community safe, each student who is a primary close contact needs to be tested every 48 hours through the first week and after their exposure on day 13.

“If the students are fully vaccinated, they are in isolation for seven days, and for students without a vaccination, they are in isolation for 14 days but have an exemption to go and sit their exam.

“That’s the critical announcement that we are making today. The regular testing that I’ve just mentioned is the key to ensuring that students and the broader community are kept safe and making sure we pick up any further spread nice and early.

“The process for students who test positive for coronavirus will not be changing, so they won’t be able to attend school or sit their VCE exam and they’ll receive a derived examination score for any exam that they miss and obviously there’s the consideration of educational disadvantage process to make sure that every single students, their marks and the impact of COVID is reflected in their final results.”

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