NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a gradual back-to-school plan for students on Tuesday morning. The plan would see students initially going to school for one day a week, with attendance increased in stages if coronavirus rates remain low. "And then progressively two days, and then we hope by the end of term two we’ll be in a position to have students going back to school in a full-time capacity by term three," Premier Berejiklian said. "Will it be the same as kids going to school under normal circumstances? No, it won’t. "We’ve made sure we’ve used this time not just to build up our online capacity, in case children, or a proportion of them do need to continue learning from home, but we’ve also made sure we have enough hand sanitisers, soap, and all those things which make a school community feel safe, not just be safe."
The NSW minister for education Sarah Mitchell said schools will work on a rostered system.
"We want them to make sure they are having about a quarter of students on campus each day, but how they break that group up will be a matter for them," she said.
"But we are asking them to certainly consider family groupings, keeping siblings together, so that that will make it a lot easier for parents as we transition back to normal schooling.
"We will have extra cleaning, extra sanitiser, extra health provisions, including forehead thermometers and also extra health equipment in our sick bays and we’ll also be asking parents to stagger drop-off and pick-up times, and recess and lunch breaks within our schools.
"We think that these are important measures in line with health advice that will ensure that everybody feels safe in their school environment."