NSW COVID-19 Update- Schools

Posted on 27 August 2021
By Tegan Carrison, Executive Director, AAPi

The NSW Government has made some important announcements today regarding schools.

Here is a summary of the key points.

Students will begin returning to classrooms in NSW from October 25.

The currently timeframe is:

  • Kindergarten and Year 1 students will return from October 25
  • Year 2, 6 and 11 will return from November 1
  • Year 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 will return from November 8
  • Year 12 students are already able to return to classrooms in a limited way and this will continue for the remainder of term three. Year 12s will have full-time access to school campuses from October 25.

All of NSW is currently in a lockdown. However, if stay-at-home orders are lifted in an LGA or region before October 25, all students living or learning in that area will return to classrooms.

If areas are facing high levels of COVID-19, there might be the need to return to remote learning. 

NSW's HSC exams have been delayed until November 9 due to COVID-19. A revised timetable and guidelines will be released next month.

The NSW government is also making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all school staff from November 8.

School staff will have priority access to vaccinations from September 6.

There will be a number of COVID safe mechanisms in place including staggering break times, not mixing your group cohorts, no external visitors to school sites and mask wearing will remain really important element.

In national news today, ATAGI has approved and recommended vaccination against COVID-19 for all individuals from 12 years of age.

A huge thank you to all of our members working in schools, the education sector, providing services to young people and to all the parents out there. Hang in there, we will get through this. AAPi will continue to share important updates throughout the pandemic. Please reach out to us if you need any help or support.