Please read about updated advice for families here: https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families

Note the following changes they effect our school:

Students and staff with flu like symptoms will need to provide a copy of a negative COVID-19 test result before being permitted to return to school.

All students and staff who reside in or have visited Victoria must have a permit to enter NSW and are required to comply with health restrictions relevant to their permit which may include the need complete the 14 day self-isolation period commencing the last day they were in Victoria.

School activities/school site usage

Additional safety measures for school activities have been put in place to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools for the remainder of Term 3.

The following principles underpin these measures:

  • Where possible, students will stay within their relevant cohort group (i.e. class, year group, or stage) for all learning activities within their school in order to limit close contacts to the relevant student cohort.
  • Inter school activities must remain within the local community or zone. This applies to all interschool sport and physical activities, curriculum activities, arts activities and extra-curricular activities organised or sponsored by the school. Schools must not travel outside of their local community area. Metropolitan schools cannot travel outside their local area or to regional areas. Regional areas cannot travel into metropolitan areas or other regional areas.
  • Only providers that are essential to the delivery of curriculum can continue to provide services and programs until further notice.
  • Parents/carers and other non-essential visitors are not allowed on the school site.
  • All group singing (choirs) and/or other chanting activities, as well as the use of wind instruments in group settings, are not permitted. Special arrangements are in place for HSC students.

Activities/site usage that can take place:

  • Use the school library
  • Engage in sporting activities within restrictions
  • Canteens and uniform shops can open at principal’s discretion
  • School assemblies (limited to 15 minutes and no external visitors)
  • Students may attend other schools for essential curriculum related reasons or placements (e.g. auditions or placement tests)
  • Incursions/external providers can provide activities that support delivery of curriculum (e.g. music tutors, sport skills development programs, science demonstrations, drama tutors, Healthy Harold).
  • Day field trips to outdoor locations with no physical distancing requirements can take place (e.g. DoE Environmental Education Centres and sport and recreation facilities, trips to local river to collect water samples)
  • School photos
  • Community use agreements involving adult attendance must have a COVID Safe Plan in place.
  • SRE/SEE lessons within restrictions
  • Work experience for students with a COVID Safe Plan in place.
  • P&C meetings and events must be on-line only.
  • Parent/teacher meetings will be online unless involving serious matters that require face to face discussion.

Activities on hold for Term 3

The following events will be reconsidered in Term 3. For now, these events must remain on hold.

  • Kindergarten orientation
  • Year 7 orientation has been delayed until Term 4.
  • School camps
  • Excursions (other than field trips explained above)
  • Interstate excursions
  • International excursions (cancelled until further notice)
  • All students (except year 12 students) attending classes/activities relating to subjects only available on other campuses
  • School or community run playgroups
  • Face to face professional learning for staff. Refer to the Physical distancing guidelines.
  • Parent and carer attendance at assemblies and other school events
  • Parent and carer volunteers – e.g. parent reading helpers (note: canteen and uniform shop volunteers are permitted)
  • School-based activities that involve large gathering of adults. These include parent/community gatherings such as parent functions, working bees, fundraisers, school BBQs, large parent information evenings, and large on-site cultural events.
  • Interschool sport, drama, debating and other events that are not within the local community or zone including gala days and regional sporting carnivals.
  • Certain large arts and sports events are cancelled or delayed. Many large-scale arts events and sports tournaments rely upon feeder activities and have long-lead time organisational arrangements. As a consequence, a number of annual activities are planned to be delayed or cancelled (refer to Impacts on arts and sports events programs)

Physical distancing

Physical distancing of students in schools is not required under the AHPPC guidelines.

All teachers, support staff and parents must maintain physical distance from each other (1.5m).

Parents should ensure school pick up and drop off arrangements enable them to physically distance from one another and from staff.

Responding to COVID-19 cases

There is a clear plan in place for schools to respond to any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools. We are working closely with NSW Health and will communicate with parents if a situation arises. Read more about our Response protocols for COVID-19 cases.