The Honourable Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC, Government Whip in the Legislative Council and Parliamentary Secretary for Health has welcomed the easing of restrictions at NSW schools to allow parents to enter school grounds, dancing activities to proceed and singing groups to recommence in a COVID safe way.
From Monday 8 March, school communities around NSW are set to benefit from the easing of the following restrictions:
- Parents and caretakers are able to enter school grounds but should continue to follow COVID safe practices, including social distancing.
- Parents and caretakers can attend school sporting events. School sporting events should align with requirements for community sporting competitions and training activities in NSW.
- There are no recommended limits on singing groups in schools, including for in-class educational activities such as group repetition, chanting, recitation, or singing activities. Five metres is recommended between a group of performing singers and other people, including the audience and conductor, where practicable.
- Dancing activities, including dance classes, balls, formals and social events, can proceed, but organisers should select venues with adequate floor space to comply with any venue restrictions.
- The gathering of parents and community members for school events, such as P&C meetings, can continue in a COVID Safe way.
The Honourable Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC thanked school communities for their patience and innovative thinking during the pandemic.
“Our schools have gone above and beyond to continue the education of our students while we respond to this pandemic,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said careful consideration had been given to support school communities as COVID restrictions ease at schools.
“The government’s response to the pandemic has allowed schools to continue running, helping us build a stronger and safer NSW in a challenging time.
“Schools will continue to operate in a COVID safe way with fewer restrictions in place. Hand sanitiser and enhanced cleaning will remain in place in all schools,” Ms Mitchell said.
Teachers, students or parents who have COVID-19 symptoms should not attend school until a negative COVID test has been received.
Detailed guidance for schools has been updated to reflect these changes, and principals are pleased to welcome parents and carers back to school.
Schools will continue to have COVID-19 Safety Plans and record-keeping procedures in place. NSW Health encourages the use of the Service NSW QR Code system for visitors to school sites.