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NSW To Remove Mask Mandates In Schools

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has confirmed that mask mandates will be removed for high school students and staff next week.

The Premier said the move is a “sensible approach” to allow students and teachers to enjoy school life.

"It is time to afford our students and parents more normality,” he said.

"Everyone wants to get back to the school activities and events we all love.”

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said COVID-19 transmission is “still very low in our school communities”.

Teachers and staff at primary schools will have to wait until March 7 to stop wearing masks.

The removal of mask mandates is part of a swathe of restrictions being removed from schools over the coming weeks.

Parents will be allowed back on campuses, school camps will resume, and year groups will no longer be kept separate.

"Schools will do this in a way that's safe and sensible,” Sarah Mitchell said.

"It's about getting that balance right, as we start to really open up some of these opportunities for our kids to enjoy that full school experience that so many of them have missed out on for too long."

On Sunday, the NSW government announced, from next week, school staff and students will only need to take a Rapid Antigen Test if they have COVID-19 symptoms, and not twice-weekly.

AAP with The Project