Everything parents need to know about NSW students returning to class later this year

Delayed HSC exams, staggered lunch breaks and meetings banned: everything parents need to know about NSW students returning to class later this year

  • NSW students can go back to school from October 25th with various restrictions
  • Meetings, band exercises and choir are banned and year groups are separated


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Pupils who had to finish their schoolwork at home during the NSW lockdown will finally be allowed to go back to class from 25 October.

The changes to education were announced during Friday’s Covid-19 press conference, where it was revealed that a further 882 cases had been recorded statewide.

All children are expected to be back at their desks by Nov. 8, Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said, after months of studying at home.

Year 12 students studying for their delayed HSC exams will have full-time access to school campuses for study purposes from October 25.

Their exams, which usually start in October, have been moved to November 9.

Students who had to finish their schoolwork at home during the NSW lockdown can finally go back to class from October 25 (stock)

Students who had to finish their schoolwork at home during the NSW lockdown can finally go back to class from October 25 (stock)

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BACK TO SCHOOL STUDENTS

Students will go back to school from October 25th and all students will be back on November 8th

Large gatherings such as meetings, band exercises and choir are prohibited

Year groups are separated and breaks such as break and lunch are spread between students

Year 12 students studying for their delayed HSC exams will have full-time access to school campuses for study purposes from October 25

High school students and teachers must wear masks, while primary school students are ‘highly recommended’ to do the same

Teachers must be vaccinated before November 8

No external visitors are allowed to enter the school

Vaccinations for all school staff will be mandatory from November 8, while large-scale gatherings such as meetings, band exercises and choir will all be banned.

Year groups are also kept separate from each other and breaks such as break and lunch are staggered between the students.

NSW Education Secretary Sarah Mitchell said the return to the classroom will begin with Year 1 and Kindergarten students on October 25 and Years 2, 6 and 11 students on November 1.

The other grades go back to school on November 8.

High school students and staff will be required to wear masks and Ms Mitchell adds that primary school students are also “highly recommended” to do the same.

No outside visitors are allowed to enter the school.

“We know that the best teaching and learning takes place in the classroom, but we also know that it is very important for the social and emotional well-being of our students to be with their friends and back with their teachers,” said Ms Mitchell.

For those living in LGAs of concern, students may return to the classroom if deemed safe by health authorities.

The state government has already carried out a vaccination blitz to immunize all 75,000 year 12 students before returning to class.

Ms Berejiklian said the state will now turn its attention to ensuring that teachers have received both doses.

12th grade students studying for their delayed HSC exams will have full-time access to school campuses for study purposes from 25 October (pictured 12th grade students at Sydney Vaccination Centre)

12th grade students studying for their delayed HSC exams will have full-time access to school campuses for study purposes from 25 October (pictured 12th grade students at Sydney Vaccination Centre)

12th grade students studying for their delayed HSC exams will have full-time access to school campuses for study purposes from 25 October (pictured 12th grade students at Sydney Vaccination Centre)

“On September 6, we will have a special vaccination day for teachers and a special week for teachers to make sure they are vaccinated before November 8,” she said.

“It’s a very planned way forward and I’m hopeful it will bring joy to many children and parents who are really struggling.”

The state crisis cabinet is said to have considered completely scrapping HSC exams this year as studying and teaching have been thrown into chaos by the lockdown.

But the potential harm to mental health was deemed too great and the October and November HSC plan was approved instead.

More to come.

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