The decision combines the second and third stages of the return to school plan and will see all students in the classroom under a range of COVID-safe measures.
Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12 students will still return to face-to-face learning on October 18 while all other grades will return on week later on October 25.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said, “the common-sense changes would help life return to normal as soon as possible”.
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“Vaccinations are key to life returning to normal and the changes today will help family and friends reconnect, get kids back to schools and get businesses back up and running sooner,” he said.
“NSW is putting in the hard yards and it’s important people continue to turn out in droves to be vaccinated.”
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said schools were ready to welcome students back.
“The return remains safe and sensible with enough time for schools to prepare for a faster return of students over two weeks instead of three,” Ms Mitchell said.
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“Principals have received detailed guidance and checklists of everything required to ensure COVID-safe settings in their school.
“Parents and carers will also receive a detailed guide today and and more specific information from their school in the coming days.”
A series of restrictions will be eased on Monday October 11 after New South Wales hits the 70 per cent double dose vaccine target.
All students will be back in school by October 25 – two weeks after the general reopening of NSW.
It comes as daily COVID-19 cases fall in NSW with only 587 new local infections reported on Thursday and 594 reported on Wednesday.
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