A CENTRAL Victorian principal has expressed his frustration as the state's schools again face a return to remote learning due to COVID-19.
Kangaroo Flat's Crusoe College principal Brad Madden said he was "over it" when the state's sixth coronavirus-related lockdown was announced on Thursday afternoon.
"We're just going through the same motions as before," he said.
"Our last lockdown was pretty similar in how much time we had to prepare, but it makes it difficult for families to prepare and plan everything.
"From a school point of view, it means we're probably not as organised as what we'd like to be, but from Monday hopefully we'll be back into the routine of remote learning."
Mr Madden said he and staff were aware of the looming lockdown throughout the day on Thursday.
"Our staff meeting was already going to be today so once we started hearing rumours of this lockdown, we started talking about what our next steps would be," he said.
"We have the same message we have had every other time and we're working to get the information out to families as soon as we can."
Mr Madden said the students would move to online learning on Friday rather than having a pupil-free day.
"It's a bit difficult for some things to be converted to digital when you're expected to deliver them face-to-face," he said.
"There will be some work students can go on with, but the bulk of anything new will start on Monday."
Bendigo Senior Secondary College principal Dale Pearce released a statement online earlier Thursday afternoon warning families of the potential lockdown.
"I note that there are further COVID-19 cases in Melbourne today and that investigation of those cases is underway. Media reports suggest that the government may consider a snap lockdown," the statement said.
"As a precautionary measure I suggest that as students leave school today they take with them all learning materials they would need if we were to move again into remote learning."
Mr Madden said Crusoe College would continue to help families and students through the transition.
"We'll just fire up for it again and hopefully get back to normal again," he said.
"Although it feels like we never really get back to normal and it's a little bit difficult to keep up, we're a bit over it.
"But hopefully our families and teachers can look after themselves and come back ready to go."
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