More than 140,000 students across NSW return to face-to-face learning on Tuesday, October 5, for the start of Term 4 including children in Forbes.
With COVID-19 restrictions eased across many parts of rural and regional NSW, 721 schools – almost a third of the State’s public schools – welcomed all students back on site. Students returned to COVID-safe settings that included QR code checkins, no visitors, restricted activities, increased hygiene practices and mask wearing.
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said she understood how important it was to have children back in classrooms.
“Thousands of excited students returned to the classroom in the regions this week and will soon be followed by students in other parts of the state with either a staged return from 18 October, or via the easing of local restrictions,” Ms Mitchell said.
“After a disrupted Term 3, it is more important than ever that students receive the academic, social and wellbeing benefits of being in the classroom. Despite this excitement, it is important that parents and students follow their school’s guidelines for safe operations, and practice physical distancing at school pick-ups and drop-offs.”
Several measures are in place for a return to school, including increased cleaning activities and additional hygiene and safety practices.
Parents are encouraged to look at their school website, Facebook page or newsletters to learn about new procedures that have been introduced, such as changes to parents’ access to the school grounds, drop off and pick up points as well as new safety and hygiene rules.
For updated information on the return to school and restrictions, visit:education. nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families.