COVID-19 Updates & Information

Return to School COVID-Safe Guidelines

Catholic Education Wilcannia-Forbes is looking forward to the return of our students and the start of 2021 and continues to follow all NSW Health advice on the best measures to help reduce any risk of infection from COVID-19 in our schools.

The NSW Government has released updated COVID-safe guidelines for schools for the start of Term 1. Below is a summary of some of the new rules for your information:

Parent drop-off for new students

To support the settling of young students into a new school environment at the start of the year, parents and carers with children from Kindergarten to Year 2 can walk their child to class and pick up students from class, providing physical distance is maintained. Parents and carers can also enter the school to purchase or pick up uniforms.

Parents of students outside of these year groups are to continue to use the designated drop off areas, maintain social distancing, and not enter the school grounds unless they have express permission from the School Principal, such as for ‘meet the teacher’ meetings.


Face masks are not required to be worn within school grounds, however staff and students may do so if they wish. All staff and students over 12 years of age must ensure they wear masks when travelling on public transport (or chartered/private transport) to and from school.

Other Activities

Schools can still plan for sporting carnivals, excursions, overnight camps and other special events as long as COVID-safe plans are in place.

COVID-19 Symptoms

All parents and carers are reminded that students must not attend school if they are unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms. Students must return a negative COVID-19 test and be symptom-free before returning to school. Further information on the above, and other measures and requirements our schools have in place in line with the NSW Government guidelines, can be obtained from your child’s School Principal.

You can also view the latest NSW Health advice on their website here

NSW Health Identified COVID-19 Case Locations

NSW Health has an up-to-date list of locations that have the potential to have spread COVID-19, this can be found at NSW Health’s News & Updates page. If you have been to one of these locations please follow the health advice listed there.

We are closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 coronavirus situation and are committed to following guidance provided by the relevant authorities. 

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is a top priority and this page will be updated as needed to keep our school communities informed of developments.

For current advice and information about affected schools, go to Catholic Schools NSW.

All up-to-date advice relating to the virus and travel can be found on the Australian Government Smart Traveller site. This provides information useful before you travelwhile travelling and on your return.

For a daily update on COVID-19, please go to the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Advice & Information

For more information on the COVIDSafe app, please visit:

To download the COVIDSafe app for your iPhone please visit:

To download the COVIDSafe app for your android device please visit:


As many of our students are now online learning from home it is important they stay safe. The attached resource is a great source of information for parents.