The NSW Nationals in the state government have eased COVID restrictions in public schools to allow parents back on to school grounds, dancing activities to proceed and singing groups to recommence.
NSW Nationals Education Minister Sarah Mitchell announced the following restrictions were eased from today:
- Parents and caretakers are able to enter school grounds but should continue to follow COVID-safe practices, including physical distancing.
- Parents and caretakers can attend school sporting events. School sporting should align with requirements for community sporting competitions and training activities in NSW.
- There are no recommended limits on singing groups in schools, including for in-class educational activities such as group repetition, chanting, recitation, or singing activities. Five metres is recommended between a group of performing singers and the audience, where practicable.
- Dancing activities, including dance classes, balls, formals and social events, can proceed, but organisers should select venues with adequate floor space to comply with any venue restrictions.
- Gatherings of parents and community members for school events, such as P&C meetings, can continue in a COVID-safe way.
Ms Mitchell thanked NSW school communities for their patience and innovative thinking during the pandemic.
“We are grateful to parents, teachers and principals who have worked tirelessly to keep school communities safe during the pandemic and ensure students continue to receive a high-quality education,” Ms Mitchell said.
“I am pleased parents are now allowed to return to school grounds, watch school sports and be involved again in school activities.
“Schools will continue to operate in a COVID-safe way with fewer restrictions in place. Hand sanitiser and enhanced cleaning will remain in place in all schools.”
State leads the way on following health advice
NSW has started its vaccine rollout and the NSW Nationals in the state government have been able to ease restrictions, including in schools, but the pandemic is not over yet. Everyone needs to continue to follow health advice while at the same time enabling parents to support their children’s studies.
Teachers, students or parents who have COVID-19 symptoms should not attend school until a negative test has been received.
Detailed guidance for schools has been updated to reflect these changes and principals are pleased to welcome parents and carers back to school.
Schools will continue to have COVID-19 Safety Plans and record-keeping procedures in place. Visitors to NSW public schools must still use the Service NSW QR Code system at the school’s reception.