Strategy to ensure exams operate without disruption

NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has assured students that everything is being done to make sure they can sit their HSC without disruption.

Schools have received guidelines to support planning for the Higher School Certificate (HSC) written exams that start on October 20.
Ms Mitchell said the HSC trials were held without major incident and they were now working with schools to implement guidelines and procedures that reduced the risk of a Covid-19 disruption for HSC students.
“We are continuing to prioritise health advice as we support schools in planning for and operating the HSC exams. The safety of students and staff involved remains our priority,” she said.
“A Covid-safe plan is about minimising disruption to students if there is a confirmed case at their school.”
NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Chief Executive Officer Paul Martin said that he recognised preparing for the HSC exams during this pandemic was challenging and the aim of the guidelines was to provide as much clarity to schools and reassurance to students as possible, in line with health advice as we approached exams.
Ms Mitchell says the Department has issued guidelines to principals asking them to limit student numbers to 75 students per exam room, limit HSC student interaction with the rest of the school and prioritise cleaning for exam venues.
“Each school’s contingency plans will be unique, school principals will be supported by their local directors and the department to develop and implement their individual plans,” she said.
“Schools have done an outstanding job in supporting their HSC students this year and the Class of 2020 have worked exceptionally hard under these circumstances.”

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