NSW Rate Advice

At the start of term 1 

  • For the first 4 weeks, students and staff should take a rapid antigen test twice a week on the morning before attending school. Test kits will continue to be supplied by schools.
  • RAT kits should be collected from school by a parent or carer and the tests completed at home in the morning before attending school.
  • Each student will receive an initial supply to be used twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • School staff will not be administering the rapid antigen tests to students.
  • Students who are household close contacts must isolate at home for 7 days.
  • If a student is a close contact at home, then another family member gets COVID a few days later, their seven day quarantine period starts from the first known case and does not reset if another family member tests positive a day or two later.​
  • The student must have a negative test on day 6.
  • parents/carers must watch extremely closely for symptoms and continue undertaking the two weekly RAT tests.

For Positive COVID Cases

If there is a positive case in your child’s class, year or other grouping, your child can continue to attend school in line with NSW Health advice.

If a student or staff member receives a positive RAT test, they need to:

  • notify the school of the positive RAT or PCR test result as soon as possible
  • follow NSW Health advice to isolate for 7 days.

Negative results do not need to be reported to Service NSW or to the school.

Schools will inform their community when there is a positive case in the school and guide families on NSW Health advice, including monitoring for symptoms. Parents should expect regular communication with details of any impacted year groups or cohorts.