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Education, schools and childcare – New South Wales

Updated on 11 January 2022, at 15:25 AET

Onsite learning

Schools have returned to face-to-face learning — subject to ongoing NSW Health advice.

  • All students are expected to be at school unless they are unwell. Do not attend school if unwell, even with mild symptoms. Get tested for COVID-19 and follow NSW Health directions.
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms you will be sent home and must not return to school unless you have either:
    • isolated for 10 days, when no medical certificate is available
    • a negative COVID-19 test result and are symptom free
  • In circumstances where a student has other medical reasons for recurrent symptoms, a letter from your GP is sufficient to negate the requirement for a negative test.
  • Term 1 2022 settings are under review and will be updated as soon as possible.
  • All staff must be fully vaccinated before coming on site.
  • All parents and carers, volunteers and providers who are allowed to come onto school sites must be fully vaccinated.

For information on which activities are allowed, go to education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families/term-4-roadmap.

Response to a COVID-19 case in schools

NSW Health will advise your school or early education centre if there is a COVID-19 positive case on a day that your child attended. They will also let you know if your child has been named as a close or casual contact.

Close contacts from the school

An ‘education close contact’, is still required to follow the isolation requirements at all times but in most circumstances will be allowed to return to school if they choose to follow the RAHT (rapid antigen home test) test-to-stay program.

NSW Health has approved the use of RAHT kits as an option to get school students (from Kindergarten and above) back to face-to-face learning earlier if they’re identified as a close contact from an exposure at school.

Staff identified as a close contact from an exposure at school are also eligible for the RAHT test-to-stay program to support face-to-face learning of students.

RAHT isn’t an option when a student is identified as a close contact from a community exposure and not at school. In these situations, the full isolation period is required. For more information, refer to NSW Health's advice for close contacts.

For details on this program, go to education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/response-protocol.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Everyone aged 5 and over can receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Face masks

To learn about the face-mask rules that apply to you, see ‘Face masks — New South Wales’ in the Restriction Checker.

Service NSW COVID Safe check-in

The Service NSW COVID Safe check-in app is required at certain businesses, venues and events. See nsw.gov.au/covid-19/stay-safe/rules/people-in-nsw for more details.

If you don't have a smartphone, you can apply for COVID-19 check-in card at service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/create-covid-19-check-card.

COVID Safety plan

COVID Safety plans are now optional for businesses, venues, and events. Visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe for more information.

NSW School Updates app

You can download the free NSW School Updates app to find out if your child’s public school is open or closed due to COVID-19. You can add as many schools as you like.

The app complements other forms of communication from schools and the Department of Education.

Go to education.nsw.gov.au and search for ‘School updates app’.


For more information on restrictions in New South Wales, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

For more information on school and COVID-19, go to education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families.

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