PARENTS and carers of children in Kindergarten and Years 1, 2 and 7 will be able to enter school grounds on the first day of the new school year, as part of the updated return-to-school guidelines, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced on Tuesday.
Mr Marshall said the main update to the guidelines would see parents and carers of children in Kindergarten, and Years 1, 2 and 7 would be able to enter school grounds on the first day to drop off their children in a COVID-safe way.
"The first day of school is incredibly important for every family, especially for those with children starting Kindergarten," Mr Marshall said.
"It is incredibly exciting for students and parents and I am thrilled the government has been able to work with the community and NSW Health to deliver a result that means parents and carers can be part of this important day.
"Parents and carers will need to follow current COVID restrictions and avoid mingling outside the school gates."
Mr Marshall said schools will provide relevant information to families about the processes for their school before the first day.
He said parents, staff and students were not required to wear face masks at school.
Parents are asked to avoid coming on to school ground unless the visit complies with the current school guidelines, such as volunteering at the school canteen or visiting the uniform shop.
Schools can plan for sporting carnivals, excursions and overnight camps, and special events such as concerts, with a COVID Safety Plan in place.