Home testing twice a week will become the norm in the first month of school according to the NSW Department of Education website.
Parents are recommended to do the tests twice a week, in the morning, before the children attend school.
A RAT is also recommended before the children return to school this term.
The Education Department explained that if a child is found to be positive in a class then the rest of the children can continue attending school.
What if my child has the sniffles?
If a child displays ‘even the mildest symptoms’ such as runny nose, fever, cough, or sore throat then they need to have a RATs or a PCR test and isolate until they have a negative test result. If symptoms persist students will need a negative test result or another diagnosis such as hay fever confirmed.
If a child has a positive result, they need to isolate and report the result to the school as well as to a Service NSW site.
All primary and secondary students, as well as teachers, are expected to wear masks at school.
School creating safe places
Precautionary measures will be implemented to make schools as safe as possible including cohorting, (keeping children in the same groups), ventilation, hygiene, and guidelines for assessing higher risk activities.
Cohorting has been in place through limiting the contact of students to smaller groups. This could mean no mixing between years and no interclass lessons.
Cohorting will decrease the number of children exposed if a case occurs at school.
Fresh air is, according to the Department the most effective form of ventilation. When this is not possible mechanical ventilation will be used to maximise fresh airflow.
Hygiene has already been in practice at schools through washing hands before eating and before returning to class.