Currently VCE and VCAL students across Victoria still attend school on-campus.(ABC News: Tim Swanston, File photo)ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelThe Victorian Government's requirement for all year 11 and 12 students to attend school in person is causing anxiety for school principals and making staff concerned for their safety, unions representing the education sector say.Key points:Unions want the State Government to give schools flexibility to implement home learning program when requiredSome school principals have received "pushback" from the department when trying to implement flexible arrangementsThe education department says rules are made based on the advice of the Chief Health OfficerPrep to year 10 students in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire have been learning from home since July 20.Currently Victoria's VCE and VCAL students, as well as special school students, are required to attend school in person.But the Australian Education Union (AEU) and the Independent Education Union (IEU) say the policy is inflexible and "failing our school communities".There are 72 schools across Victoria which are currently closed due to coronavirus: 61 government schools, nine Catholic schools and two independent schools.Nineteen early childhood services are closed.The unions want the State Government to give school principals more flexibility and the power to implement home learning programs for their students when required.AEU Victorian branch president Meredith Peace said many union members were concerned about their safety and the safety of their students."It is leaving our principals with the responsibility to manage incredibly difficult circumstances for their schools, without having the capacity to make important decisions," she said.For the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic follow our live updates.The Victorian Government's rationale for keeping year 11 and 12 students on campus was to avoid VCE students falling out of step with their counterparts outside of the locked-down areas.But Ms Peace said many parents were keeping their children home because of health concerns anyway, particularly in special schools."So we already have significant inequity, because those students who are at home are not receiving a formal learning program,
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