Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today reminded local parents and caregivers that local school students will return to school under COVID-smart settings that will minimise the risk of the virus and allow teachers and students to return safely to the classroom.
Mr Ward said that this is part of the new measures every student and teacher in NSW Government and Non-Government schools will be able to receive rapid antigen test (RAT) kits before school returns on 1st February 2022.
"The NSW Government is distributing more than 12 million RATs to over 3,150 Government and Non-Government schools including those across our region, and early childhood centres, to assist with surveillance testing of staff and students," he said.
The COVID-Smart Plan to keep schools open and students safe includes:
"The first few weeks of term will be challenging but these measures put us in the best position possible to manage any disruption," Mr Ward said.
"Parents need to monitor for symptoms and keep their children home and test if they become symptomatic.
"Local families will be notified by their schools on how and when to collect the RAT kits for their children.
“I am also pleased to see that the NSW Government has worked closely with Victoria to create plans that achieve the same important goals which is seeing our students learning in their classrooms safely and with minimal disruption.
“Clinical evidence suggests the Omicron variant is milder and less likely to result in serious illness, particularly amongst children, and that vaccines, especially boosters, are effective in protecting our local communities,” Mr Ward concluded.
Download the information sheet for local parents and students here
More information on the return to school settings for NSW public schools is available at: https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families.