Two new NSW cases, as schools prepare to go back in full

The New South Wales government has confirmed that all school students will be welcomed back in classrooms from next Monday.

Just two new cases of the virus were confirmed overnight, as a result of over 5,000 tests.

It was widely speculated that the government would allow all students to return from next week, with strict health and safety measures in place.


Premier Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed that this morning, and thanked everyone for their patience over the past couple of months.

I can’t begin to imagine what it’s been like for parents, for single parents, to have to try and manage the supervision and education of their children from home whilst trying to work themselves, or run a household.

“And that additional pressure has been very harrowing, I know.

“But from Monday, it will be relief for everybody. And, in particular, I say to our teachers, thank you for your patience.

“Please know that we’ll continue to support the most vulnerable, we’ll continue to support all of our staff in our schools, and make sure that students have the best education possible whilst  everybody, not just being safe, but feeling safe in an around our school communities,” the Premier said.

Schools will have the individual power of taking further steps, if there’s a coronavirus outbreak in the local community, or if a student becomes infected.

“We can have confidence that moving forward, if there’s a case in a school, if there’s a particular community that’s had a high number of cases, that schools have the ability to take extra steps, or else, of course, we’ll shut those schools down if there’s a case identified in the school community,” the Premier said.

The Premier says we can’t afford to wait until there’s a vaccine for the virus to start getting back to normal, and that schools state-wide have been made COVIDSafe for this reason.

“Because we don’t know when the vaccine – if there is ever going to be a vaccine – is made available. We don’t know how long that will take. So, what we have to do is learn to live in a COVID-safe environment. And that’s what we’ve done in our schools,” Ms Berejiklian said.

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