New COVID-safe school guidelines released

Parents and carers of children in Kindergarten, and Year 1,2 and 7 can enter school grounds on the first day of the new school year, as part of the updated return-to-school guidelines. 

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the first day of school is incredibly important, especially for those children starting Kindergarten.

“The first day of school is incredibly exciting for students and parents, I am thrilled the NSW Government has been able to work with the community and NSW Health to deliver a result that means parents and carers can be part of this important day,” he said. 

“Parents and carers will need to follow current COVID restrictions and avoid mingling outside the school gates.

“There was some disruption to some schools’ orientation events but it is great that kids will be able to have family with them, especially for those taking their first steps into big school or high school.”

Schools will provide relevant information to families about the processes for their school before the first day. 

Parents, staff and students are not required to wear face masks at school.

Parents are asked to avoid coming on to school ground unless the visit complies with the current school guidelines, such as volunteering at the school canteen or visiting the uniform shop. 

Schools can plan for sporting carnivals, excursions and overnight camps, and special events such as concerts, with a COVID Safety Plan in place. 

Material and support for planning are available for schools at

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