By Eden Gillespie | 10 daily News Reporter
All students will be expected to attend classes as normal from next week, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Tuesday.
Berejiklian said students will resume face-to-face learning from next Monday, May 25.
“We expect schools to stick with the health advice – increased cleaning, access to hygiene supplies and compliance with hygiene practices – and look forward to seeing all students back on campus five days a week,” Berejiklian said on Tuesday.
“The health advice is very clear; a return to full-time face to face teaching is safe.”
“But I do say it will be common for schools to be shut down temporarily, for a specific area to be on high alert, for a particular school to take extra measures if there’s a community breakout in that community with cases, and we just have to accept that.”
NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said it’s up to principals to provide advice on staggered drop-off and pick-up, as well as recess and lunch timings.
Assemblies or excursions are likely to remain banned.
Physical education and non-contact sport will be permitted under current health advice.
The High School Certificate will continue as normal, with a five-day delay on the original date for exams to begin, and year 12 “students could continue working hard”, Mitchell added.
Face-to-face learning resumed across NSW last week for Year 12 students at state and independent schools, but only for an average of three to four days a week while other students were allowed to go to school at least one day a week.
It comes as NSW recorded two new cases of coronavirus from more than 5,000 tests in the past 24 hours.