With just a week left until most schools begin the year, the NSW government has made initial steps to relax some COVID-19 restrictions.
Parents and carers of children in kindergarten, years 1, 2 and 7 will now be allowed onto school grounds for the first-day drop-off.
Schools have been notified and will implement a COVID-safe plan to allow for adults to accompany their students in those age groups to their classroom doors.
Specific plans will be communicated to parents directly from the school.
Mudgee Public School principal, John Carters said given the importance of the first day of school for the families, particularly those entering kindergarten, it is 'wonderful' for the school to share in the milestone.
"It's really exciting to have parents back on school grounds, whilst it might not be everybody all the time, it's a big step forward. It will be great for the kids in particular to start the year with mum and dad by their side," Mr Carters said.
"Particularly for kindergarten parents, it's probably sometimes even a bigger day for them than the students. However, kindergartens are probably the most excited students when it comes to first day of school.
"Whether they are a first time parent or are sending their last little kindy-kid off to school, it's a really big day. Just being able to share that experience with the families is wonderful, it's a milestone you remember forever.
"We still have to be careful but there's positive signs moving forward."
At the end of last year, restrictions were also eased to allow adults onto school grounds for specific purposes.
Parents, staff and students will not be required to wear masks at the school, but masks must be worn by everyone aged 12 and over while on public transport.
Similarly, students aged 12 and over must comply with the Public Health Orders around masks at all other relevant locations within the community, and also during external school activities.
Some sporting carnivals, excursions, overnight camps and special events may be allowed to go ahead this term if schools as long as schools have COVID-safety plan in place.
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