Coronavirus Victoria: More than 100 schools, childcare centres close as cases soar

Nadine Carroll
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More than 100 school and childcare centres in Victoria have been closed as the state continues to record daily spikes in positive cases.

It’s a huge jump from the 12 schools in the state that were closed on Monday.

Victoria’s Department of Education and Training released the list of schools, childcare centres and TAFE campuses that are closed, but noted not all of the closures were related to COVID-19.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced 484 new cases on Wednesday, with suggestion the daily numbers were stabilising in recent days now thrown out the window.

Children in a classroom
Students aged 12 or older attending school will be required to wear a mask from Thursday in Melbourne schools. Source: Getty stock

Trinity College in Colac was closed on Monday after a student at the high school was revealed as a close contact worker at the Australian Lamb Company abattoir in Colac, where an outbreak doubled from six to 12 cases in 24 hours.

Four new cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Nino Early Learning Adventures' Bundoora site, including three educators and one child, bringing the location total to seven, Nine News reported.

Nine also reported Dandenong High School will be closed from today for at least 72 hours after a student tested positive to coronavirus.

"Further investigations are being undertaken this morning by DHHS, the school and DET to identify whether any staff or students are required to self-isolate, and to determine any further actions required to reduce the risk of infection," a DET spokesperson said.

Schools closed due to coronavirus
As of Wednesday more than 100 Victorian schools and child care centres have been closed due to coronavirus fears. Source: Getty

Masks mandatory for school children 12 or older

It comes as students aged 12 or older attending school will be required to wear a mask from Thursday.

Education Minister James Merlino said 1.2 million single-use masks would be distributed to state, Catholic and independent schools.

An order of 1.37 million reusable fabric masks also has been made, with the Department of Education to be among the first to receive a batch.

"Any student who needs a mask will be provided with one," Mr Merlino said.

Full list of VIC schools and early childhood services closed

South-Eastern Victoria Region

Early childhood services:

  • Ada Mary A'beckett Children's Centre Inc PORT MELBOURNE

  • Aqua Energy Creche SALE

  • Berwick Neighbourhood Centre - Marriott Waters LYNDHURST

  • Berwick Neighbourhood Centre (Timbarra Playroom) BERWICK

  • Brighton Grammar OSHClub BRIGHTON

  • Camp Australia - Geelong Grammar School Toorak Campus OSHC TOORAK

  • Camp Australia - Haileybury Edrington OSHC BERWICK

  • Camp Australia - Haileybury Newlands OSHC KEYSBOROUGH

  • Camp Australia - Loreto College Mandeville Hall OSHC TOORAK

  • Camp Australia - Mentone Grammar OSHC MENTONE

  • Camp Australia - Peninsula Grammar OSHC MOUNT ELIZA

  • Camp Australia - Sacred Heart Parish School - Sandringham OSHC SANDRINGHAM

  • Camp Australia - St Kevins College Toorak OSHC TOORAK

  • Camp Australia - Toorak College OSHC MOUNT ELIZA

  • Carnegie Occasional Care Centre CARNEGIE

  • Castlefield Community Centre HAMPTON

  • Cranbourne Community House CRANBOURNE

  • Elwood Children's Centre ELWOOD

  • Fernwood Fitness Clayton CLAYTON

  • Fernwood Fitness Narre Warren NARRE WARREN

  • GESAC Childcare BENTLEIGH EAST

  • Glen Iris Creche GLEN IRIS

  • Goodlife Chelsea Heights CHELSEA HEIGHTS

  • Goodlife Fountain Gate NARRE WARREN

  • Goodlife Karingal KARINGAL

  • Hallam Community Centre Inc HALLAM

  • Hope Frankston Heights FRANKSTON

  • Melbourne Grammar School, Grimwade House CAULFIELD

  • Merkaz Bentleigh BENTLEIGH

  • Niño Early Learning Adventures - Malvern East MALVERN EAST

  • Only About Children Cheltenham CHELTENHAM

  • Overport Primary School OSHC - Extend FRANKSTON

  • Paisley Park Early Learning Centre Cranbourne CRANBOURNE

  • Pavillion - Frankston & District Netball Association Inc FRANKSTON

  • Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre FRANKSTON

  • Play Zone - Highett HIGHETT

  • Playtime Warragul WARRAGUL

  • Sacre Coeur Oshclub GLEN IRIS

  • Sandybeach Centre SANDRINGHAM

  • Smaland Springvale Ikea SPRINGVALE

  • Somerville Recreation Centre Child Care SOMERVILLE

  • Toorak Primary School OSHClub TOORAK

  • Upper Beaconsfield Community Early Learning Centre BEACONSFIELD UPPER

  • Yavneh College TheirCare ELSTERNWICK

Schools:

  • Dandenong High School, DANDENONG

  • Leibler Yavneh College, ELSTERNWICK

  • Overport Primary School, FRANKSTON

North-Eastern Victoria Region

Early childhood services:

  • Aqualink Box Hill Creche BOX HILL

  • Aqualink Nunawading Creche FOREST HILL

  • Camp Australia - Camberwell Boys Grammar Junior School OSHC CANTERBURY

  • Camp Australia - Mountain Gate Primary School OSHC FERNTREE GULLY

  • Camp Australia - St Clement of Rome School OSHC BULLEEN

  • Camp Australia - Strathcona Baptist Girls Junior School OSHC CANTERBURY

  • Camp Australia - Templestowe Heights Primary School OSHC TEMPLESTOWE LOWER

  • Clever Kids Childcare - Ashburton ASHBURTON

  • Fitness First Doncaster (Playzone) DONCASTER

  • MakerDojo HAWTHORN

  • Roberts McCubbin OSHClub BOX HILL SOUTH

  • St Andrews Christian College Outside School Hours Care WANTIRNA SOUTH

  • Victoria Road OSHClub LILYDALE

  • Wattle Park Children's Services Centre BURWOOD

  • West Hawthorn Early Childhood Centre HAWTHORN

Schools:

  • Canterbury Girl's Secondary College, CANTERBURY

  • Kew High School, KEW

  • Roberts McCubbin Primary School, BOX HILL SOUTH

North-Western Victoria Region

Early childhood services:

  • Bright Stars Early Years Child Care Centre EPPING

  • Camp Australia - Ivanhoe Grammar OSHC IVANHOE

  • Camp Australia - Ivanhoe Grammar Plenty Valley Campus OSHC MERNDA

  • Collingwood College Afterschool Care and Vacation Care Program COLLINGWOOD

  • Diamond Creek Community Centre DIAMOND CREEK

  • Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre GREENSBOROUGH

  • Eltham Leisure Centre ELTHAM

  • Gumboots Early Learning Sunbury SUNBURY

  • Kangaroo Ground Primary Combined OSHC KANGAROO GROUND

  • New Futures Broadmeadows BROADMEADOWS

  • New Futures Epping EPPING

  • Nino Early Learning Adventures - Bundoora BUNDOORA

  • Only About Children Coonans Hill PASCOE VALE SOUTH

  • Richmond West Afterschool Care and Vacation Care Program RICHMOND

Schools:

  • Charles La Trobe, MACLEOD WEST

  • Diamond Valley College, DIAMOND REEK

  • Epping Secondary College, EPPING

  • Fitzroy High School, FITZROY

  • Gladstone Park Secondary College

  • Macleod College, MACLEOD

  • Moomba Primary School, FAWKNER

  • Newbury Primary School, CRAGIEBURN

  • Northcote High School, NORTHCOTE

  • Northern College of Arts and Technology (NCAT), PRESTON

  • Pascoe Vale Girls Secondary College, OAK PARK

  • Princes Hill Secondary College, PRINCES HILL

  • Roxburgh College, ROXBURGH PARK

South-Western Victoria Region

Early childhood services:

  • Aerotots Activity Centre WERRIBEE

  • Altona Meadows Community Centre Occasional Care ALTONA MEADOWS

  • Amici - Westbourne Early Learning Centre HOPPERS CROSSING

  • Aquapulse Creche HOPPERS CROSSING

  • Big Childcare - Manor Lakes P-12 College OSHC WYNDHAM VALE

  • Blackwood Street Neighbourhood House YARRAVILLE

  • Bluewater Leisure Centre Creche COLAC

  • Camp Australia - Baden Powell P-9 College Derrimut Heath Campus OSHC HOPPERS CROSSING

  • Camp Australia - Footscray City Primary School OSHC FOOTSCRAY

  • Camp Australia - Haileybury City Campus OSHC WEST MELBOURNE

  • Camp Australia - Melton Christian College OSHC Melton South

  • Carranballac Jamieson OSHClub POINT COOK

  • Eagle Stadium WERRIBEE

  • Energy Force Fitness Creche DRYSDALE

  • Explorers Early Learning - Williams Landing WILLIAMS LANDING

  • Fernwood Fitness Sydenham SYDENHAM

  • Footscray PS TheirCare FOOTSCRAY

  • Footscray West PS TheirCare WEST FOOTSCRAY

  • Fun 4 All Occasional Care Center WERRIBEE

  • Genesis Maidstone MAIDSTONE

  • Glen Gala Children's Centre SUNSHINE WEST

  • Goodlife Essendon Child Minding ESSENDON

  • Goodlife Geelong BELMONT

  • Goodlife Point Cook POINT COOK

  • Goodlife Taylors Lakes TAYLORS LAKES

  • Goodstart Early Learning Grovedale - Pioneer Road GROVEDALE

  • Goodstart Early Learning Kealba KEALBA

  • Hopetoun Early Years Centre FLEMINGTON

  • Keilor Basketball Stadium Creche KEILOR PARK

  • Kensington Neighbourhood House Inc KENSINGTON

  • Kids Club Kensington Early Learning Centre KENSINGTON

  • Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre Occasional Child Care MARIBYRNONG

  • New Futures Braybrook BRAYBROOK

  • Shuter Street Occasional Care MOONEE PONDS

  • South Kingsville Community Centre SOUTH KINGSVILLE

  • St Vincent de Paul TheirCare STRATHMORE

  • Sunshine Leisure Centre SUNSHINE

  • Wallaby Childcare Harpley Werribee

  • Westgate Sports & Leisure Centre ALTONA NORTH

  • Willaura Primary School OSHC ARARAT

  • Williamstown Community and Education Centre Occasional Care WILLIAMSTOWN

  • Winifred Nance Kindergarten COLAC

  • Yara Childcare Centres TRUGANINA

  • Yarraville Community Centre YARRAVILLE

Schools:

  • Al Taqwa College, TRUGANINA

  • Clonard Secondary College, GEELONG WEST

  • Footscray Primary School and OSHC, FOOTSCRAY

  • Footscray West Primary School, FOOTSCARY WEST

  • Manor Lakes P-12 College, WYNDHAM VALE

  • Parkville College (Malmsbury Campus), PARKVILLE

  • Tarneit Senior College, TARNEIT

  • Trinity College, COLAC

  • Victorian College of the Arts, ALBERT PARK

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