NEW Covid-safe regulations will be in place when regional students return to school on Monday.
Non-essential visitors, including parents will not be allowed inside schools and indoor mask wearing will be recommended for all staff and students in Year 7 through to Year 12.
All staff and students aged 13 years and over must wear masks on public transport when travelling to and from school and during school excursions by public transport or by chartered or private transport services.
Parents and carers are to maintain physical distancing and avoid gathering outside of school gates.
When parents and carers are permitted to enter schools, they must wear masks indoors and utilise the Service New South Wales QR code check-in.
Child group, after hours school care and preschools will continue, with early childhood staff exempt from wearing face masks when working directly with children.
Schools will not be allowed to conduct camps, out of area field trips, overnight stays, community events inside school hours or visits to aged care facilities.
Visitors will not be allowed to attend school assemblies and singing and choir groups can only carry out activities in well-ventilated outdoor areas.
The HSC will continue as planned, with the HSC oral language, performance and practical exams scheduled to go ahead in Term 3 and written exams in Term 4.
Students are reminded to not attend school if they are unwell or are experiencing mild symptoms of Covid-19.
Those experiencing any symptoms should be sent home and not return to school until they have received a negative test result and are symptom-free.
In circumstances where children have other medical reasons for recurrent symptoms a letter from their GP is sufficient to negate the requirement for a negative test.
For more information about school Covid-safe regulations and guidelines, click here.