COVID-19 advice for parents, students and children

Advice for parents and carers on staying COVID Safe in schools and early childhood education care. 

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COVID-19 updates and guidance

Find out about the COVID-19 safety measures at NSW schools. 

Learn more about COVID-19 rules and restrictions and check the healthdirect NSW schools and childcare restrictions.

Safety in schools and childcare

Schools and childcare centres use a number of safety measures to stay COVID Safe, including:

  • maintaining 1.5m physical distancing 
  • maximising ventilation by holding activities outdoors 
  • staying in small groups to avoid mixing with large numbers of students
  • avoiding high-risk activities.

Guidance for education providers is available in the COVID Safe checklist.

NSW Department of Education provides COVID-19 advice to schools, childcare and families.

Attending school

If a student or someone in their household has symptoms of COVID-19, they must not go to school or childcare.

Children and adults with COVID-19 symptoms must:

Read who should get tested for COVID-19 for more information.

If your child or any other household member tests positive for COVID-19:

Further guidance is available in the NSW Education Department protocol

School or childcare centre closure

Some schools may need to close occasionally to deal with COVID-19 outbreaks, deep cleaning or other emergencies like floods or fires. 

The NSW School Updates app sends parents and carers notifications about school closures. 

Contact childcare centres, preschools, kindergartens and other early childhood care settings directly for the latest updates. 

Download the Schools Update app

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Schools Update

The Schools Update app will notify you if your child’s public school is to be closed the following day due to COVID-19 outbreaks, adverse weather, bushfire, emergencies or other incidents.

You can register multiple schools on the app.

COVID-19 vaccination rules for schools and childcare

Visitors, teachers and school staff have vaccination requirements for workers, including those who work in: 

  • government schools 
  • independent and Catholic schools 
  • preschools 
  • early childhood education centres 
  • out of school care. 

All parents, carers, volunteers and visitors who are permitted on school sites must also be fully vaccinated. 

Book your vaccination

Check if you or your child aged 5 and over are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and book an appointment near you.

Early childhood education and childcare

NSW Department of Education COVID-19 guidelines are available for early childhood education and care services like playgroups, kindergartens and childcare.

Parents can help their children feel safer at school and childcare by: 

  • correctly explaining what COVID-19 is and how it’s transmitted 
  • explaining how children can wash their hands, use masks and physical distance
  • showing them how to cough or sneeze into their elbow. 

Read the Australian Government advice about how COVID-19 affects early childhood education and care services.

The impact of COVID-19 on children

The best way to keep children who can’t yet be vaccinated safe from COVID-19 is to ensure that eligible teachers and school staff, household members and carers are vaccinated.

Children aged 5 to 11 are now eligible for vaccination with bookings available through the vaccine clinic finder.

COVID-19 symptoms in children and babies are usually milder than those in adults. Some infected children may not have any signs of being sick.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has examined the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people, including on education and wellbeing.

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRD) is studying COVID-19 transmission in NSW schools and early childhood education and care settings.

 

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