New South Wales public school students will return to the classroom full-time next week, two months after COVID-19 restrictions forced around 800,000 children to study remotely.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the return date of Monday May 25.
"We want to make sure that face-to-face time in the classroom is what maintains and sustains learning through the pandemic.
"But I do say it will be common for schools to be shut down temporarily, for a specific area to be on high alert, for a particular school to take extra measures if there's a community breakout in that community with cases, and we just have to accept that," the Premier said.
State Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said school communities moving forward will look a little different.
"We're not going to have things like the full school assemblies, we won't be having excursions.
"There may still be staggered drop off and pick up times so that we can ensure particularly for adults around our school sites and we won't be welcoming non-essential visitors onto school sites either," she said.
NSW recorded two new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours from 5300 tests.
The new cases are both overseas travellers who were diagnosed in hotel quarantine.
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