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.