Sarah and Lee PC4

It appears regional students – including most schools in Moorabool – will open as usual for term three on Monday.

But that is not the case in the cities of Melton, Wyndham and more.

It comes after confusion at a media conference where the Premier said students would get an extra week of school holidays but that in regional Victoria “it’s business as usual”.

Documents from Spring Street now suggest regional schools will back to normal on Monday, while metro schools will score an extra week of holidays – and the strong possibility of several weeks of home learning.

The Mitchell Shire has been singled out as an exception due to a relatively high number of new COVID19 cases (19 cases, 7 active)

Metropolitan students at specialist schools, in Year 12, 11 or studying VCE subjects in Year 10 are also exempt.

The Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Ranges shires are defined as metropolitan while Greater Geelong is not.

Bacchus Marsh Grammar, which includes a large ratio of metropolitan students, has been contacted for comment.

Victoria has recorded 191 new COVID19 cases in the last 24 hours. Of those, 37 are linked to outbreaks and 154 are under investigation.

All up, 2469 cases have been recorded in people living in metropolitan Melbourne and 261 from regional areas.

Melton’s overall total jumped by four on Tuesday to 85. Twenty cases are active.

Neighbouring Wyndham has chalked up 171 cases, with 105 active.

Moorabool still stands on three cases – none are active. The Hepburn, Ballarat and Golden Plains council areas also have no recorded active infections.

Hindmarsh Shire in the state’s far west has seen no COVID19 cases since the pandemic began.

## COVID19 symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of smell.

Djerriwarrh Health Services’ drive-through clinic in Barries Rd Melton is open 10.30am-6pm weekdays and 9am-12pm weekends.

People wanting to get tested at Darley Medical Centre can book on 5367 5000

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Main image: CSIRO COVID19 researchers in Geelong

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