NSW is expected to reach the 70 per cent fully vaccinated target by the end of the week and come Monday, October 11, the State begins to open up.
However, some students will have to wait before they begin returning to school in approved Covid-safe settings with Kindergarten, Years 1 and 12 returning from October 18; Years 2, 6 and 11, from October 25; and Years 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10, from November 1.
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell says an additional week of quality face-to-face learning for students is worth having and can be achieved in a safe and sensible way.
“It’s fantastic that we will meet vaccination targets in NSW earlier than originally anticipated. This has allowed us to shift the plan forward for all schools across impacted areas,” Ms Mitchell said.
“Bringing the return forward allows schools to keep their plans for a staggered return, and provides time for staff to get their second dose. From 18 October, all staff that need to be on site must be fully vaccinated.
“I know there remain some concerns in the community around a return to school, but students, staff and parents should feel confident that this approach allows enough time to make schools as COVID safe as possible.”