The NSW government has unveiled its long-awaited roadmap for schools to return to face-to-face teaching as the state registered 882 COVID-19 cases and two deaths.
The state government said students would have a “staggered return” to schools from Oct. 25 and would delay HSC exams until November.
It also announced that vaccinations for school staff would be mandatory by November 8, with priority given to jabs given to them from September 6.
NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the plan was to bring students back into the classrooms in a “safe and sensible way”.
“I’m excited that we have a plan to get our students back in the classroom, and I’m sure the teachers agree. [as well as] parents, as I know many do their best to learn from home, but it can be a bit of a challenge, “Mitchell said.
The school’s announcement comes when two men in their 60s and 90s died of COVID-19 during yesterday’s reporting period.
Both men had a dose of the vaccine and had underlying health conditions.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said a significant number of new infections were detected in the western and south-western part of Sydney.
“It’s actually more than 80 percent, and today we also want to call people who live in the local government area of Camden and people who live in the rest of the local government area of Penrith,” she said.
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