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Advice for school-based staff including Casuals | COVID-safe return to face to face learning

A message from the NSW Department of Education.

This information can also be found on the NSW Department of Education Vaccinations intranet page. Information will be updated via this link.

The NSW Department of Education worked closely with NSW Health to develop the roadmap for students returning to school.

Full return (Level 3)

Areas across NSW that are removed from stay-at-home rules will return to school under Level 3 settings. This is a full return for all cohorts to schools, with reduced mingling and on-site activities.

Schools returning through the full return model should refer to the Level 3 guidance for schools.

Staged return (Level 3 plus)

When stay-at-home rules are still in place but other community vaccination and transmission conditions are met, students will return to school in a staged way. This is a staggered return for prioritised cohorts, with no mingling or on-site activities.

Students in Year 12 and those completing their HSC are already able to return in a limited way and this will continue for the remainder of Term 3. From 25 October, these students will have full-time access to school campuses and their teachers.

Conditions and guidelines to support schools with a staged return are detailed below.

Areas of concern

Local government areas (LGAs) and suburbs of concern operating under Level 4 plus restrictions will continue learning from home until they are removed from the areas of concern.

The order of return

  • Kindergarten and Year 1 – from 25 October
  • Year 2, 6 and 11 – from 1 November.
  • Year 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 – from 8 November.

What you need to know:

  • From 25 October all NSW school and preschool staff on-site to support the staged return of student cohorts under Level 3 plus will be required to have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • If staff return before the 25 of October in areas under Level 3 i.e. no longer under stay-at-home rules you are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated but it will not be required until 8 November.
  • From 8 November all workers who attend a NSW public school, preschool or early childhood education provider for their work will be required to be fully vaccinated.
  • From 8 November, any staff members who have not received a double dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or are unable to obtain a medical contraindication certificate from their doctor, will not be able to attend a NSW Department of Education school site.

Thank you all for your efforts to support students, schools and each other.

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