EDUCATION staff are the latest focus of Victoria's COVID-19 testing program, as schools prepare to return to classroom learning.
Bendigo Health has offered testing to all staff working on-site at Victorian government, Catholic or independent schools. This included teaching and non-teaching staff.
It comes as grade prep to two, and years 11 and 12 prepare to return to classroom teaching from May 26.
Kennington Primary School principal Travis Eddy said staff had a conversation about testing, but it was up to the individual to choose whether they wanted to.
He was considering getting tested himself, but hadn't made any decision.
Mr Eddy said he thought it was great Bendigo Health had supported the Education Department's move to get teachers tested.
Bendigo Health chair Bob Cameron said last week that rules had been changed from the previous week, to conserve Victoria's stock of tests.
Previously Victoria conducted a two-week testing blitz of more than 100,000 people, including some who had no symptoms.
From May 11, only those with symptoms and education staff will be tested.
But Mr Cameron said anyone in the teaching service could be tested.
"In the last couple of weeks we did have anyone being tested. Anybody who turned up would be tested whether they had symptoms or not," Mr Cameron said.
"The rules have now changed. That has to be done to preserve the amount of tests there are in Victoria and Australia."
School staff can get tested at the Bendigo Health COVID-19 Screening Clinic, on Stewart Street. The clinic is open 10am-5.30pm daily, with no appointment necessary. The test is free.
Bendigo Health said on its Facebook page that there was a dedicated waiting line for people with no symptoms.
Greater Bendigo had no active COVID-19 cases at the time of going to press. The only confirmed active case was in the Macedon Ranges.
Find out more at: bendigohealth.org.au/page/3441
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