COVID-19 updates and guidance
Find out about the COVID-19 safety measures at NSW schools.
- Department of Education: advice for families
- Early childhood education and care services
COVID-19 updates from Catholic Schools NSW
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.
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:
- get tested as soon as possible
- travel to the test by private transport
- wear a face mask
- self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
Read who should get tested for COVID-19 for more information.
If your child or any other household member tests positive for COVID-19:
- advise the school or childcare centre
- follow the self-isolation advice for parents and carers.
Further guidance is available in the NSW Education Department protocol.
- Anyone who tests positive to COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test (RAT) must register their result through Service NSW.
- People who need to care for children with COVID-19 may be eligible for Pandemic Leave Disaster payments.
- Read COVID-19 support for workers
- Find out about COVID-19 support for individuals and households
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
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
- 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.
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.
More information and advice
Follow the NSW Health advice for: