NOTE: Picture taken prior to social distancing restrictions.

Schools across rural and regional NSW have welcomed back their students to fulltime classes in public schools.

NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said he was thrilled that life was getting back to normal in an important way for school students.

“We know that parents, teachers and students have gone above and beyond during this challenging time,” Mr Bromhead said.

“I am sure there is a lot of excitement in our school communities today as students head back, and parents and staff should be reassured by the health advice that our schools remain safe.

“The education of our kids is so important and we know that full time face to face teaching is the best way to learn.”

NSW Nationals Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said that over the past two weeks schools had been working hard to ensure students practice good hygiene and implement new routines at school.

“Schools will need to maintain the measures and precautions they have put in place for the foreseeable future, including no assemblies and excursions,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Teachers will be focused on identifying where students have progressed in their learning, and we will be supporting them to recognise and assist those students who need additional help.

“For specific school details on transport, drop off and pick up please talk to your school or principal.

“The school community needs to continue working with the arrangements schools have put in place.”