COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Get up-to-date information about the department's response to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

Last updated: 10:50pm 29 March 2020.

Advice for school communities

The NSW Department of Education is introducing proactive measures to limit the impact of COVID-19 in our schools.

The Premier has announced that from Tuesday 24 March parents are encouraged to keep their children at home and access their school's learning from home programs.

These measures have been put in place to help minimise the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in NSW.

We continue to work closely with NSW Health and the Australian Government to monitor and respond to developments and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff.

If you or your child is unwell with a respiratory illness, stay at home until symptoms clear up.

The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is the same way you would protect yourself from catching flu or other respiratory illnesses. Please refer to teacher resources on the importance of handwashing.

The Department of Education is working closely with NSW Health in responding to COVID-19 cases. Schools will take action in accordance with NSW Health advice on a confirmed case of COVID-19 where there has been an impact on a school. All other confirmed cases are a personal matter for those involved and they will be managed directly by NSW Health. People assessed as being a 'close contact' of a member of the community are identified and contacted by NSW Health and given appropriate advice.

Learning from home

Explore the department's learning from home resources for teachers and parents to support both online and offline learning for all students.

Advice for staff

Read the COVID-19 - advice for staff (staff only) for up-to-date information about:

  • leave arrangements
  • school operations
  • flexible working.

Further information for parents

We have prepared an extensive list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers to help parents and caregivers navigate these unique circumstances. These will be updated regularly to reflect the latest advice.

Find out more information and frequently asked questions.

Advice for early childhood education and care communities

The Early Childhood Directorate provides COVID-19 advice for services, parents and carers.

NSW Health advice

NSW Health has provided the following advice:

Australian Government advice

The Australian Government has provided a daily COVID-19 health alert including:

  • travel restrictions
  • mandatory isolation periods
  • symptoms and how to get tested.
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