Dear Parents and Carers,

As you will be aware, the Victorian Government has made a series of significant announcements about the introduction of new measures across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

These changes to arrangements for schools in these areas at the start of Term 3. These new announcements apply only to schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. These announcements do not apply to schools in regional and rural Victoria, other than those in Mitchell Shire.

As such, schools in Echuca will continue to operate as normal from the start of Term 3 on Monday13th July.

Additionally, the recent border closure has added another layer of complexity to our community. From today, you will need a border entry permit to travel from Victoria to NSW, except under specific circumstances which include for medical or hospital services or as an emergency services worker.

Permits are in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and jobs of NSW residents. Both adults and children are required to get a permit to travel from Victoria to NSW. The permit is valid for 14 days from the date of issue and applies to all borders. All cross border residents, including students who live in Moama and attend Echuca College, are eligible to apply for a permit and must do so prior to the first day of Term 3 on Monday 13 July.

Further information, including details about the permit application process are available here:
https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-covid-19-nsw-border-entry-permit#eligibility

If there is further information which is made available I will be sure to communicate this with you all.

Take care of yourselves and each other.

Regards,
Simon Wood
Acting Principal – Echuca College