Supporting the independent education community

COVID Arrangements for Week 1 of Term 3


The IEU is monitoring this fast-moving situation. We will provide updates as they become available. Please also keep an eye on our Facebook page.

NSW Government advice

Although these guidelines are for the most part not underpinned by Public Health Orders, the IEU understands non-government schools will follow these guidelines unless there is a very strong reason to depart from them. 

Key elements include:

  • Minimum staff on-site to oversee one unit of learning for students attending the school site, noting that flexible syllabus requirements are in place.
  • HSC students will be supported to attend schools to do coursework, project work and exam preparations where this cannot be done from home.
  • Students are encouraged to learn from home. No student is to be turned away. Schools will provide a program of learning for students who attend school, and for students who are learning from home.
  • Early childhood education services can continue to operate.
  • Vulnerable staff are supported to work from home. In line with current health advice, this includes Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50 with one or more chronic medical conditions, people aged 65 years or older with chronic medical conditions, people aged 70 years or older and people with a compromised immune system.
  • While at school, masks or face coverings are required in all indoor settings for all staff and all students in Year 7 and above. However, there are specified exemptions, such as if it affects students’ ability to hear their teachers or because of medical conditions or disabilities. See also https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/face-mask-rules#exemptions
  • Non-essential visitors are not permitted on school sites.
  • Parents are generally not permitted on school sites.
  • Students and staff who must attend school may move between two areas with different levels of restrictions (this might change under the tighter restrictions announced on Friday 9 July).
  • QR codes must be used by all staff and visitors permitted on school sites. 

Requiring all staff or a large group of staff to attend at school next week is not compatible with the letter or spirit of the guidelines. We encourage any members who receive such advice from their school to contact us immediately.