COVID 19 - Level 3 Restrictions for School
There are still a number of towns in regional NSW that are under stay at home orders.
Please note that attending work and school is a reasonable excuse to leave home under the current stay at home orders.
School operations - Level 3
All schools within the Armidale Diocese will commence Term 4 operating under Level 3 restrictions. All staff and students are expected to be at school. There will be no provision for home learning. Schools will be required to restrict activities and, dependent on the size of the school, limit interactions between student groups.
CSNSW has advised that under Level 3 settings, masks are required indoors and outdoors for staff. For students in Year 7 and above, masks are required indoors and recommended outdoors (unless exercising or eating). Masks are also recommended indoors and outdoors for primary students (unless exercising or eating).
It will also be mandatory for all staff and secondary school students to carry a mask with them at all times.
Full details of CSNSW advice regarding masks can be found here.
Non-essential visitors are not permitted in schools. Some visitors are permitted in schools based on these guidelines:
With regard to drop off and pick up arrangements, parents and carers must follow their school’s advice including staying in the car when dropping off and picking up children if it is safe to do so.
If your child/ren cannot be dropped off/collected safely while you remain in the car, please walk with/to collect your child/ren to a point at which it is safe to return to your car, but this must be no further than the school’s gate.
Parents and caregivers should:
- maintain physical distancing by avoiding gathering outside of school gates
- remain outside of school grounds (note some exceptions may apply regarding schools for specific purposes, vulnerable students or students with disability)
- follow mask-wearing requirements and sign in using the Service NSW QR code when entering the school for a pre-arranged and pre-approved reason.
A reminder for all families
Students must not attend school if unwell, even with mild symptoms of COVID-19. Any person with any COVID-19 symptoms must be sent home and not return to school unless:
- they have isolated for 10 days, when no medical certificate is available
- they have a negative COVID-19 test result and are symptom free.
In circumstances where children have other medical reasons for recurrent symptoms, a letter from their GP is sufficient to negate the requirement for a negative test.
Anyone who is unwell with COVID-19 symptoms is strongly encouraged to get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received.
October is National Safe Work Month
A time to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace.
During October each year, we ask workers and employers across Australia to commit to safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.
Being healthy and safe means being free from physical and psychological harm. No job should be unsafe and no death or injury is acceptable. A safe and healthy workplace benefits everyone.
The theme for National Safe Work Month this year is think safe. work safe. be safe. This October, think safe. work safe. be safe. at your workplace by planning and implementing work health and safety procedures. A time to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace.