9/5/22

We have had students across Kindergarten report as having COVID.  Staff and students may have had contact, please monitor and use a RAT kit if needed.

We ask that parents and carers do not send children to school with any symptoms of a cold.  These include headache and a slight cough.

If you require more RAT kits please complete the form on the app and they will be sent home via your child within a few days.

COVID-smart measures

Close contacts attending school

The announcement to ease the isolation requirements for close contacts was made on 20 April 2022. This will enable students and staff who are close contacts and have no symptoms to continue to attend school if they follow guidelines agreed with NSW Health.

Note that staff and students who have had confirmed COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks do not have to comply with the following guidelines if they become a household or close contact and are not required to self-isolate or test unless they develop new COVID-19 symptoms.

Close contacts attending school will need to adhere to the following in addition to the NSW Health guidelines:

  • They must notify the school (including their outside of school hours care provider) if they are intending to return under this provision.
  • They should conduct a daily RAT and return a negative result each morning before attending school for 5 school days.
  • Primary school students are recommended to wear a mask indoors (except when eating or exercising).
  • No student or staff member identified as a close contact will be permitted to participate in overnight excursions, including school camps.
  • Any visitor to a school site who is a close contact is required to advise the school that they are a close contact before they come on site. These visitors should conduct a daily RAT and return a negative result before attending. They must also wear a mask indoors at all times.

The department’s Health, Safety and Staff Wellbeing case management team will continue to work with schools around temporary use of additional COVID- smart measures for short periods of time based on localised risk assessments.

In line with this advice, the department has determined that close contacts will not be permitted to return to a school for specific purposes or to a support unit (including Assisted School Travel Program) where there are a number of students at greater risk of serious illness if they were to contract COVID-19 and will be supported to continue learning or working from home where possible.

Students and staff at greater risk of serious illness, if they were to contract COVID-19, should speak with their health care professional to review their health support plan or COVID-19 action plan and speak with the school about any local considerations.