Parents allowed back on school grounds Coffs Coast Coffs Coast News by News Of The Area - Modern Media - March 11, 2021 Parents and carers are now able to enter school grounds and attend school sporting events. Photo: NSW Department of Education. COVID-19 restrictions in schools eased on Monday, with parents allowed back on school grounds and dancing activities to recommence. NSW Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell announced the easing of school restrictions from Monday 8 March. Under the new regulations, parents and carers can enter school grounds to drop off and pick up students, but should continue to follow COVID-safe practices, including physical distancing, and parents and carers can attend school sporting events. Advertise with News of The Area today. It’s worth it for your business. Message us. Phone us – (02) 4981 8882. Email us – [email protected] There are no recommended limits on singing groups in schools, including for in-class educational activities such as group repetition, chanting, recitation, or singing activities. Five metres is recommended between a group of performing singers and the audience, where practicable. Dancing activities, including dance classes, balls, formals and social events, can proceed, but organisers should select venues with adequate floor space to comply with any venue restrictions. Students are able to mix together across year groups or other cohorts for all school related activities. Gatherings of parents and community members for school events, such as P&C meetings, can continue in a COVID-safe way. NSW Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell thanked NSW school communities for their patience and innovative thinking during the pandemic. “We are grateful to parents, teachers and principals who have worked tirelessly to keep school communities safe during the pandemic and ensure students continue to receive a high-quality education,” Ms Mitchell said. “I am pleased parents are now allowed to return to school grounds, watch school sports and be involved again in school activities. “Schools will continue to operate in a COVID-safe way with less restrictions in place.” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard thanked school communities for following the health advice. “NSW started its vaccine rollout and we have been able to ease restrictions, including in schools, which is a terrific achievement,” Mr Hazzard said. “However, the pandemic is not over yet. “We still need principals, teachers, parents and students to continue to follow the health advice while at the same time enabling parents to support their children’s studies.” Teachers, students or parents who have COVID-19 symptoms should not attend school until a negative test has been received. Detailed guidance for schools has been updated to reflect the new regulations, and principals are pleased to welcome parents and carers back to school. Schools will continue to have COVID-19 Safety Plans and record keeping procedures in place. Visitors to NSW public schools must still use the Service NSW QR Code system at the school’s reception.