School sport activities

School sport activities are allowed to proceed from 1 November 2021 for the rest of Term 4 with specific restrictions to align with NSW Public Health Orders and the Reopening NSW roadmap.

Last updated 3:10 pm 4 November 2021

School sport should be done in defined cohorts as part of re-establishing regular school timetabling and routines, and for the wellbeing of all students.

School sports across different cohorts is discouraged and schools are not permitted to enter into inter-school competitions during school hours until 2022.

Sport within an individual school

School sport activities

School sport activities are allowed in line with community settings.

School sport may proceed by cohort in outdoor settings as follows:

  • No more than 50 people, including participants and organisers.
  • Organisers must have a COVID-19 safety plan in place including plans to minimise mingling and mixing between cohorts entering and exiting the location where the sport is taking place.

  • Schools can make use of school facilities or local outdoor facilities (e.g. parks, ovals) but must minimise contact with those outside of the school cohort.
  • Third party providers are allowed to support school sport if they are fully vaccinated and must check in and check out using the school’s QR Code.
  • If transport is required, mixing and mingling between cohorts must be minimised. Masks are required on buses for staff and students in Year 7 and above and are strongly encouraged for primary students.

School sport activities may proceed in indoor settings as follows:

  • Organisers must have a COVID-19 safety plan in place including plans to minimise mingling and mixing between cohorts entering and exiting the location where the sport is taking place.

  • Maximum capacity limit of no more than 1 person per 4 square metres when using indoor spaces for sport or exercise.
  • Schools may use indoor facilities on school sites or make use of public indoor recreation facilities in line with community settings.
  • Students aged 16 and older (and staff) must be fully vaccinated to enter public indoor recreation facilities until 1 December and will be required to show proof of vaccination status to facility staff on arrival.
  • Students in Year 7 and above (and staff) must wear masks indoors at all times when not exercising, including in change room and bathroom facilities.
  • Third party providers are allowed to support school sport if they are fully vaccinated and must check in and check out using the school’s QR Code.
  • If transport is required, mixing and mingling between cohorts must be minimised. Masks are required on buses for staff and students in Year 7 and above and are strongly encouraged for primary students.

Use of indoor and outdoor pools

Schools may use indoor pools for specified activities only, including school swimming and water safety lessons, swimming squads, lap swimming and rehabilitation. Schools may make use of outdoor pools for swimming lessons and recreational purposes.

The following requirements must be met:

  • Have a COVID-19 safety plan in place including plans to minimise mingling and mixing between cohorts.
  • Schools can make use of public pool facilities or pools on school sites.

  • Students aged 16 and older (and staff) must be fully vaccinated to enter public indoor pool facilities until 1 December and will be required to show proof of vaccination status to facility staff on arrival.
  • Students in Year 7 and above (and staff) must wear masks indoors at all times when not exercising, including in change room and bathroom facilities.
  • Third party providers are allowed to support swimming activities if they are fully vaccinated and must check in and check out using the school’s QR Code if held on a school site or the venue’s QR code if held outside of the school.
  • If transport is required, mixing and mingling between cohorts must be minimised. Masks are required on buses for staff and students in Year 7 and above and are strongly encouraged for primary students.

School and inter-school swimming carnivals, cross country and athletics carnivals

Government schools will not hold or participate in swimming carnivals, cross-country and athletics carnivals in Term 4, 2021 and should plan for swimming carnivals in 2022.

Inter-school sport activities

Inter-school sport training and competitions

Inter-school representative sport and grade sport training and competitions will not proceed during school hours in Term 4, 2021 so schools can focus on learning during the school day.

For inter-school representative sport and grade sport outside of school hours, organisers must ensure the following safety measures are in place, in line with settings for community sport:

  • The organiser must prepare a ‘community sport’ COVID-19 safety plan if there will be more than 50 people on-site.
  • Students aged 16 and older (and staff) must be fully vaccinated to participate in inter-school sport until 1 December and will be required to show proof of vaccination status to the organiser on arrival.
  • Anyone aged 16 and over must check-in and check-out using the event’s QR Code.
  • The number of people allowed on-site is limited to 1 person per 2 square metres for outdoor events and subject to the capacity limit of the venue (including all staff and volunteers required to run the competition) if held in an indoor venue.

Boarding schools

Boarding school students are allowed to participate in community sport outside of school hours with the permission of their parent or carer. Students aged 16 and older must be fully vaccinated to participate, in line with community settings.

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