New South Wales Education Minister Sarah Mitchell says she is “excited” there is a plan to have “students back in the classroom”.
Students will be returning to the classroom from the 25th of October, in a “staggered return”, which Ms Mitchell said is “in line with how we expect to see increasing vaccination rates in our community”.
Ms Mitchell said the “key element now, is that parents know the plan going forward, we continue with learning from home … there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Kindergarten and Year One students will be the first cohort to return to classrooms on the 25th, and Year 12 students will be allowed back “in a greater way than they are now”.
Years 2, 6 and 11 will be back on the 1st of November, with all remaining year groups following on the 8th of November.
School sites will be subject to strict COVID-safe settings, including minimal mixing and mingling between students and assemblies or large gatherings will be prohibited.
Mask wearing will also be mandatory for high school students and staff and highly recommended for primary school students.
Ms Mitchell also confirmed that if any region were to exit stay-at-home orders, the students in that region will be able to return to school.