A guide to NSW school students for Term 3

We're working closely with the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), NSW Health and other agencies to ensure our schools continue to operate in the safest ways possible during the COVID environment.

Last updated: 7 August 2020

All students should be learning on campus unless they are unwell or have a medical certificate to support their absence.

All students and staff who reside or have visited Victoria must have a permit to enter NSW and are required to comply with health restrictions relevant to their permit which may include the need complete the 14 day self-isolation period commencing the last day they were in Victoria.

NSW Health has requested anyone, particularly those who have been in Victoria who is unwell or has flu-like symptoms arrange to be tested through their local medical practitioner or one of the COVID-19 clinics.

Schools continue to be safe, and operations are in line with Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and NSW Health advice. Under this advice, schools are not required to conduct widespread temperature screening or for anyone to wear masks.

All schools will be vigilant when implementing infection control, physical distancing and personal hygiene protocols to protect the health and safety of students and staff. Schools will promote the need to follow good hygiene practices like:

  • regularly washing hands
  • avoiding sharing drinks or food
  • coughing or sneezing into your elbow, or a tissue which should be discarded immediately
  • filling water bottles from bubblers rather than using the bubbler directly.

The activities that are permitted at school will be conducted in a way that is safe and appropriate in the current environment. Those that remain on hold will be reviewed during the term and will recommence when appropriate based on health and other relevant advice.

School attendance

Remember not to send students to school if they are unwell, even if they have mild symptoms. Schools will make appropriate arrangements to return students home if they become unwell at school.

Students should be at school unless:

  • they have a medical certificate which states that they are unable to return to school due to an ongoing medical condition and the expected timeframe
  • they are currently unwell.

Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW

Check the Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW and follow the recommended actions if you have been in a location where there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19. We encourage members of the community to monitor this site. Please follow the relevant health advice if you have been at any of the locations at the specified dates and times.

The locations along with the times and dates of when the cases were identified can be found on the NSW COVID-19 website.

Tightened NSW-Victoria border restrictions

The amended Public Health Order changes will have an impact on students and staff traveling across the NSW-Victorian border.

From 7 August, the border restrictions will be tightened further with the border zone defined to townships along the Murray River including Mildura, Wodonga and Echuca.

Under the updated Public Health Order, any person who already has a valid day school visitor permit will continue to be able to use this permit for 14 days, until midnight on Friday 21 August. This permit will expire after Friday 21 August.

From Friday 21 August, for people living outside the border zone in Victoria, permits will only be considered for the following persons:

  • Students who attend special purpose schools. Students attending a School for Specific Purposes will be eligible for a special permit through the NSW Government website.
  • HSC students and HSC teachers. Further information regarding the exemption process for HSC students and teachers will be provided next week.

Please note that Victorian residents who reside outside of the border zone will not be able to enter NSW to attend school unless they obtain an exemption.

Any student or staff member currently residing inside the Border Zone will be able to continue crossing the border to attend school or work as long as they stay within the Border Zone.

All students and staff not eligible for a border permit will be supported with remote learning and working through the online learning hub until they are able to return to work or learn on campus.

Victorian border zone residents authorised to enter and remain in NSW for a permitted purpose with a valid border permit are not allowed to travel outside of the NSW border zone. They must also not enter NSW if they have travelled outside of the Victorian border zone within the previous 14 days.

All border zone residents must self-isolate for 14 days if they have travelled outside the border zone upon re-entering NSW unless their border permit specifies otherwise. If they entered Victoria other than for a permitted purpose, they must also self-isolate.

The NSW border changes will also require all people entering NSW from Victoria who do not reside in the border zone to arrive through Sydney Airport. Staff members will be subject to mandatory hotel quarantine. The following requirements will apply to students:

  • They will be required to enter through Sydney Airport.
  • Students will need to be collected by a parent or guardian at Sydney Airport.
  • They must travel directly to their usual residence in NSW using private transport.
  • They must complete a 14 day quarantine period at home.
  • If they start to feel unwell or have flu-like symptoms, NSW Health advised that they arrange to be tested through their local medical practitioner or one of the COVID-19 clinics.
  • They will be subject to regular follow-up and will be required to provide a signed self-isolation declaration and return a negative test result prior to leaving self-isolation.

Details of the current advice for people who have recently visited Victoria can be found on the NSW Health border restrictions website.

Schools will communicate with families and will facilitate learning continuity relevant to student needs.

We encourage parents to monitor local circumstances regularly as things may change in the coming days or weeks.

For more details about the border zone restrictions, refer to the NSW Government’s Apply for a COVID-19 NSW border entry page.

Schools affected by the NSW-VIC border restrictions

The schools affected by the Victoria to NSW border conditions are:

School code School name

8101

Albury High School

3922

Albury North Public School

1017

Albury Public School

1019

Albury West Public School

8461

Barham High School

1135

Barham Public School

1139

Barrooga Public School

1207

Berrigan Public School

8503

Billabong High School

8486

Bombala High School

1288

Bombala Public School

1688

Buronga Public School

8494

Coomealla High School

8308

Corowa High School

1659

Corowa South Public School

1658

Corowa Public School

1732

Dareton Public School

1745

Delegate Public School

8218

Deniliquin High School

4281

Deniliquin North Public School

4112

Deniliquin South Public School

8487

Eden Marine High School

1885

Euston Public School

8360

Finley High School

4468

Glenroy Public School

2027

Gol Gol Public School

2170

Holbrook Public School

2186

Howlong Public School

4407

Hume Public School

8266

James Fallon High School

2239

Jindera Public School

5744

Kandeer School

4270

Khancoban Public School

2378

Lavington Public School

4168

Lavington East Public School

2500

Mathoura Public School

2584

Moama Public School

2632

Moulamein Public School

2667

Mulwala Public School

8505

Murray High School

3912

Palinyewah Public School

2893

Pomona Public School

2895

Pooncarie Public School

3041

Savernake Public School

4523

Springdale Heights Public School

3534

Table Top Public School

3208

Thurgoona Public School

3225

Tocumwal Public School

3235

Tooleybuc Central School

8450

Tumbarumba High School

3275

Tumbarumba Public School

3421

Wentworth Public School

5653

Wewak Street Public School

8144

Yanco Agricultural High School

3556

Yerong Creek Public School

If you’re a parent or carer of students returning to one of these schools, check your school website for further information.

Physical distancing

Physical distancing of students in schools is not required under the AHPPC guidelines.

All teachers, support staff and parents must maintain physical distance from each other (1.5m).

Parents should ensure school pick up and drop off arrangements enable them to physically distance from one another and from staff.

School cleaning and hygiene supplies

Your school will continue to receive additional cleaning in line with the AHPPC guidelines and advice from NSW Health. Target areas include high-touch areas and other hard surfaces, door handles, lockers, light switches and handrails in stairways and movement areas. There will also be additional cleaning of toilets and bubblers and topping up of supplies like soap.

Your school has received supplies of soap, hand sanitiser, toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant wipes and personal protective equipment. The school is able to order more as needed.

Essential hygiene supplies

To support NSW schools during COVID-19 and help keep them safe, we've secured and dispatched a range of products including soap, hand sanitiser, toilet paper, disinfectant wipes and personal protective equipment.

Hygiene supplies update

As of 6 August, 4.2 million items have been dispatched to schools, including:

  • 388,545 face masks
  • 226,212 rolls of toilet paper
  • 148,251 rolls of paper towels
  • 11,438 units of soap
  • 27,304 unit of liquid soap*
  • 510,892 units of hand sanitiser*
  • 9,648 units of surface spray*
  • 1,214,583 units of disinfectant wipes

*To ensure consistency, these supplies are now reported in units and not litres.

Standard packs of hygiene products continue to be dispatched to schools. The packs include liquid soap, hand sanitiser, paper towels, surface spray, disinfectant wipes. Quantities are calculated on the number of habitable spaces at each school. Schools can continue to request supplies through the School Supplies email address.

School site usage

The majority of school-based activities can recommence, as long as the following measures are observed:

  • all visitors and external to school providers must adhere to relevant hygiene, distancing and safety protocols.
  • principals may continue to restrict, limit or prohibit activities if they are seen as contrary to the current health advice
  • external providers and visitors are required to demonstrate compliance with health and safety requirements including adhering to strict guidelines and completing relevant forms
  • non-essential adults are still not permitted on school grounds or at school events – this includes parents and carers unless specifically approved by the principal.

School activities return and timeline

Activities/site usage that can already take place

  • Use the school library
  • Engage in sporting activities
  • Canteens and uniform shops can open at principal’s discretion
  • Year 11 and 12 students only may attend classes/activities relating to subjects only available on other campuses
  • VET work placement for Year 12 students is able to proceed from 1 June 2020. School based apprenticeships and traineeships can recommence once the relevant workplaces are back in operation
  • Trade Training Centres can operate on school sites
  • School assemblies (limited to 15 minutes and no external visitors)
  • Choirs and performing arts at school, with safety protocols in place
  • Students may attend other schools for essential curriculum related reasons or placements (e.g. auditions or placement tests)
  • Hydrotherapy pools can be used
  • Incursions/external providers can provide activities that support delivery of curriculum (e.g. music tutors, sport skills development programs, science demonstrations, drama tutors, Healthy Harold).
  • Community use activities used by students such as dance classes, and student sport skills development, outside of school hours with limited adult attendance)
  • Day field trips to outdoor locations with no physical distancing requirements can take place (e.g. DoE Environmental Education Centres and sport and recreation facilities, trips to local river to collect water samples)
  • Face-to-face TAFE attendance (see TAFE website for further information)
  • School photos
  • Department of Community and Justice services and programs
  • Community use activities on weekends involving adult attendance (complying with relevant guidelines) not essential to continuity of education
  • Community use activities involving general adult attendance (such as community markets).
  • All school sport and activities including competitions aligned with current health advice (including those activities run by external organisations)
  • Inter-school student events and competitions (choirs, sport, debating, public speaking, performing arts, Selective Sports High School trials, etc.)
  • SRE/SEE lessons
  • Work experience for students (with appropriate risk assessment)
  • VET work placements can proceed subject to the availability of placement and appropriate risk assessments. For any that can't proceed, refer to the NESA website.
  • School-based apprenticeships and traineeships can recommence once the relevant workplaces are back in operation
  • P&C meetings – with a strong preference for on-line where possible
  • Parent/teacher meetings – where these need to take place – strong preference for online where possible unless involving serious matters that require face to face discussion

Activities under consideration from Term 3

The following events will be reconsidered in Term 3. For now, these events must remain on hold.

  • Kindergarten orientation
  • School camps
  • Excursions (other than field trips explained above)
  • Parent attendance at assemblies and other school events (e.g. graduation ceremonies or student speech events)
  • Parent volunteers – e.g. parent reading helpers (note: canteen and uniform shop volunteers are permitted)
  • Interstate excursions.
  • School-based activities that involve large gathering of adults are not permitted at this time. These include parent/community gatherings such as parent functions, working bees, fundraisers, school BBQs, large parent information evenings, and large on-site cultural events. These large gatherings and the following activities will continue to be reviewed and assessed based on AHPPC and NSW Health advice and may be permitted at a later date.

Activities that are cancelled, delayed or not permitted

  • Certain large arts and sports events are cancelled or delayed because they require feeder activities and have long-lead-time organisational arrangements. Please speak to your schools if you would like to know more.
  • International excursions are cancelled until further notice.

Reporting and assessment

You will receive your child’s semester 1 report before the end of August (Week 6, Term 3).

This will be a simplified version of the report you normally receive. Schools are encouraged to discuss your child’s progress with you before the written report is issued.

Responding to COVID-19 cases

There is a clear plan in place for schools to respond to any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools. We are working closely with NSW Health and will communicate with parents if a situation arises. Read more about our Response protocols for COVID-19 cases.

Boarding schools

The following requirements will apply to students returning to reside at a NSW boarding school:

  • Students returning to reside in a NSW public school from Victoria must self-isolate for a period of 14 days in suitable accommodation separate from the boarding school/college.
  • They must have a negative naso-pharyngeal swab for COVID at day 10 of isolation.
  • Prior to the school accepting the student back within the boarding facility, parents and carers will need to provide written confirmation to the school that their child has self-isolated for the 14 day period since they were last in Victoria and returned a negative test result prior to leaving self-isolation.

Transport

Bus services to and from schools are scheduled to run as normal. For travel advice to and from school, refer to Transport for NSW.

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