New Department of Education COVID-19 Advice for families | Term 1 2021

The NSW Department of Education has updated its COVID-19 Advice for families for Term 1.  The new guidelines come into effect on Monday 8 March 2021. The full guidelines can be read here.

Under the new guidelines, P&C meetings and other gatherings of parents and/or community members for school events (such as working bees) can proceed. All participants must continue to comply with the gathering limits prescribed by the Public Health Orders. Physical distancing and hygiene measures must be adhered to at all times.

P&C Federation advice on holding P&C Association meetings during Covid-19 can be found here

What has changed 

  • P&C meetings and events are permitted with a COVID Safety Plan.
  • Parents and carers may enter the school to drop off and pick up students in accordance with local school arrangements.
  • All visitors to a school site must comply with sign-in arrangements. This includes the requirement to sign the school sign-in sheet where they acknowledge that they will comply with the COVID-19 requirements for visitors, contractors and service providers each time they visit. Visitors must also check in using the Service NSW QR code.
  • School can welcome parents and carers to attend school sporting events and activities, whether indoors or outdoors, in line with the requirements in place for other community sporting competitions and training activities
  • There are no limits for singing groups or in-class educational activities such as group repetition, chanting or recitation.

Additional Advice 

  • Staff and students are not required to wear a face mask while at school. Anyone who wishes to wear their own masks in schools will not be prevented from doing so. Wearing a face mask is not mandatory for parents and carers visiting schools, provided they are visiting only for the explicit reasons within this advice and maintain physical distancing and hygiene practices while at school.
  • All teachers, support staff and parents must maintain physical distance from each other (1.5m). Parents should ensure school pick up and drop off arrangements enable them to physically distance from one another and from staff.
  • In accordance with advice from NSW Health, parents and carers are reminded NOT to send children to school if they are unwell, even if they have the mildest flu-like symptoms.
  • From Term 1 2021, all NSW public schools use the Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in. Look for the COVID Safe QR code posters when you enter your child’s school. Be sure to sign in at the school administration building according to your school’s visitor guidelines. 

We will continue to keep you informed about updates from the NSW Department of Education about COVID-19 Advice for families. 

Contact P&C Federation office

Please contact P&C Federation if you want anything clarified, on 1300 885 982 or

You may also review the NSW Government’s What you can and can’t do under the rules


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