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Education, schools and childcare – New South Wales

Updated on 15 September 2022, at 17:40 AET


Schools are open.

In certain circumstances, NSW Health and the Department of Education may advise to reintroduce COVID-smart measures at your school. Your principal will work with NSW Health and the department and provide further details of any changes at your school when needed.

The Department of Education has removed the mandatory vaccination requirement for all staff, except for those working in or with Schools for Specific Purpose (SSPs), where students may be at greater risk of serious illness if they contract COVID-19.

Close contacts

Students and staff who are close contacts and have no symptoms can attend school if they follow the guidelines from the NSW Department of Education and NSW Health.

Close contacts will not be allowed to enter an SSP or support unit, including Assisted School Travel Program. They will be supported to continue learning or working from home where possible.

For information on what close contacts must do to be able to attend school, visit then click on ‘COVID-19’ followed by ‘Advice for families’.


Staff and students cannot attend school if they are showing any symptoms of COVID-19.

If symptoms occur at any time, your child should not attend school. They should take a rapid antigen test (RAT).

The NSW Government will provide Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to parents and staff to be used if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are a close contact.

For more information on testing, go to Click on ‘Testing’.

Face masks

Students are supported to wear a face mask at school if they choose to do so.

Masks are no longer mandatory for school and early childhood staff.

However, people will need to wear face masks when doing certain type of work such as providing National Disability Insurance Scheme and Assisted School travel Program services.

School students aged 12 years and over need to wear a face mask when travelling to school on public transport.

For details, visit and select ‘Masks’ from the drop-down menu.

School grounds

Schools can invite parents, carers and families to enter school grounds, regardless of vaccination status.

Students can interact more freely across classes and year groups and activities such as assemblies and school camps can resume.

For more information, go to

For more information on restrictions in New South Wales, visit

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