Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 1 minute 12 seconds1m 12s VCE students and teachers share their thoughts on returning to the classroom.ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelVictorian school principals are extremely anxious about senior students and specialist schoolkids returning to classrooms today in the face of a surge in coronavirus cases, the Australian Principals Federation says.Key points:Year 11 and 12 students are returning to Victorian state schools todayPrep to year 10 students return to remote learning a week laterSchools must adhere to new requirements but some principals only received guidelines late last night, the principals federation saysYesterday, as the state recorded another 273 coronavirus cases after days of triple-digit growth, Premier Daniel Andrews said there was "no alternative" but a return to remote learning for most state school students.But VCE students are returning to school today.Julie Podbury, the president of the Australian Principals Federation, said it would be difficult balancing act to meet the needs of parents and their children as well as looking after the health and wellbeing of staff."Many of my principals are reporting extreme anxiety about what they're about to face in terms of meeting the demands of all the individuals they have to respond to," Ms Podbury told ABC Radio Melbourne. Prep to year 10 kids like Alec Lombardi return to school next week.(Supplied)She said the coronavirus cluster outbreak at Al-Taqwa College at Truganina, with over 144 infections, demonstrated teachers and students could catch COVID-19 at school.The school will remain closed until it gets approval to reopen by the Department of Health and Human Services.Coronavirus live: Follow all the latest information in our live blog.More children were expected to attend school this term than during the previous lockdown, and enforcing social distancing and taking temperature checks was daunting for principals, Ms Podbury said."One of my principals contacted me last week and said, 'How the hell am I supposed to do 1,800 kids with temperature checks in the morning?'"I've got 740 [children] due in on Monday morning and I've got to temperature check them on the way in." The Victorian Government said all children would have to be temperature checked when they arrived for school in term three.(ABC News: Simon Tucci)Ms Podbury said no-one faced a more challenging task than the principals of the state's specialist schools, who she described as having "extreme concerns". "Our specialist students need considerable hands-on work and social distancing is simply not possible," she said.The step-by-step guidelines for principals only arrived late last night and Ms Podbury said it was "not a simple task to undertake".Stay up-to-date on the coronavirus outbreakDownload the ABC News app and subscribe to our range of news alerts for the latest on how the pandemic is impacting the world"At least a third of our principals are relatively new to job, and another significant number may be acting principals who've not actually been in the job before," she said. "Those guidelines are really important for them."Parents apprehensive about return to remote learning Clare Lombardi said she was a bit apprehensive about remote learning but would get through it.(Supplied)Clare Lombardi, the mother of seven-year-old Alec, knows what is coming and is "a bit overwhelmed and apprehensive" about the return to remote learning. "It's difficult because you're at home, you're in the lounge room, you know there's a lot of fun stuff to do and [you] say 'it's learning time now',
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