COVID-19 Guidelines

2021 Term 1 – COVID-19 Guidelines for Schools (as of 19 January 2021)

Dear Parents and Carers
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the NSW Government is taking some
precautionary measures to ensure that our schools remain safe places for everyone at the
commencement of the 2021 school year.

For Term 1, the NSW Government is reverting back to some of the restrictions that were in
place in November 2020. It has made these changes in response to the current situation
and in line with NSW Health advice.

Parents and carers can enter the school to:
● Purchase or pick up uniforms from the uniform shop.
● Meet with school staff with a pre-arranged appointment.
● Drop off students for Kindergarten, Year 1 and 2.
● Attend parent orientation meetings for Kindergarten and ‘meet the teacher’ meetings
with school staff for all year/stage groups.

School operations:
It is essential that schools continue to exclude students and staff with even mild symptoms
of COVID-19 and encourage them to seek testing immediately. Parents of symptomatic
children should provide evidence of a negative result prior to returning to school.
circumstances where children have other medical reasons for recurrent symptoms, a letter
from the GP is sufficient to negate the requirement for a negative test.
● Field trips, excursions and camps can continue.
● School visits to aged care facilities are not permitted.
● Sports activities: all interschool sport and physical activities, zone carnivals and
gala days can continue. This means that schools and students can travel outside of
their local community. Sporting events and activities held outside of the school site
during school hours will need to follow the COVID-19 Safety Plan of the venue or
● Swimming and other sporting carnivals can proceed with a COVID-19 Safety Plan
in place.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school on 6559 9466 if you require any further

Rick Galvin
St Joseph’s Primary School Laurieton