Updates to COVID-19 restrictions affecting NSW schools
From The Department
July 21, 2020
Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW
NSW Health has a website to inform you of the actions you should take if you have been in a location where there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 within NSW. Monitor the site and follow the relevant health advice if you have been at any of the locations at the specified dates and times.
Students and staff who have travelled through or visited Victoria
All students and staff who have visited Victoria must have a permit to enter NSW and are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Except for students and staff who reside in a border town, all students and staff who have visited Victoria in the 14 days before the commencement of school should not attend school until they complete the 14 days self-isolation period since they left Victoria.
Students and staff who are unable to return to school due to these self-isolation requirements will be supported to learn and work remotely during the self-isolation period via the online learning hubs until they return to on-campus learning and teaching.
NSW Health has requested anyone who has been in Victoria and is unwell or has flu-like symptoms arrange to be tested through their local medical practitioner or one of the COVID-19 clinics.
Information for students and staff on new NSW-Victoria border restrictions
The NSW Government has announced further tightening to the restrictions for people travelling across the NSW-Victorian border.
From midnight Tuesday 21 July a border zone, defined along the Murray River, will be established.
Anyone travelling from Victoria to NSW must apply for a new permit through Service NSW.
Victorian residents who have been in one of the restricted areas in Victoria in the last 14 days must not enter NSW.
Attending schools along the border
Current permits will expire at midnight, Tuesday 21 July. We strongly encourage all parents and staff to check they have a permit and if not, apply for one through Service NSW.
Students and staff who reside in Victoria will need to be eligible for a border permit to attend school in person.
Under the new public health order, the border zone has been reduced significantly.
Not all students and staff may be eligible for a border permit under the public health order. If you are not eligible for a border permit you will not be able to cross the border. Students and staff will be supported through remote learning and working via the online learning hubs until they return to school.
Further information on the new border zone is available from Service NSW.
Border permits can be rescinded at any time if a cluster outbreak in your community occurs. We encourage parents to monitor local circumstances regularly as things may change in the coming days or weeks.
Transport to and from school will run as scheduled. For travel advice to and from school refer to Transport for NSW.
New restrictions affecting boarding schools
Any student returning from Victoria to reside at a boarding school in NSW must now self-isolate for 14 days in a NSW location separate to the boarding school. They must also obtain a negative test swab from day 10 of their isolation before entering school and have written confirmation of the test result and the period spent isolating.
Those who are unable to return to boarding while they are completing the self-isolation period will be supported through remote learning and working via the online learning hubs until they return to school.