A staged return to schools in Sydney will see the youngest and oldest age groups first return to the classroom.
Children in kindergarten and year 1 and teenagers in year 12 will begin face-to-face learning from October 25th.
Years 2, 6 and 11 will return from November 1st, while all other age groups will be back in class from November 8th.
The HSC exams are being pushed back to November 9th.
Vaccination will be mandatory for all school staff from November 8th.
Masks will be mandatory for school staff and high school students.
NSW has registered 882 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths.
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