NSW has temporarily imposed restrictions on the border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19. Victorian students who attend boarding school in NSW may be affected by these border restrictions.
Students who live and attend school in border region are able to access the border region permit through Service NSW in order to travel to and from school.
The Minister for Health has granted a general exemption for Year 11 and 12 students that allows them to travel to and from school, accompanied by their parents or guardians subject to conditions. This exemption can be used by Year 11 and 12 boarding school students who need to cross the border during school holidays. This exemption is not available to students who live in a restricted area or an COVID-19 area of concern. The Year 11 and 12 exemption also applies to NSW children and accompanying parents who need to return to Victorian schools (subject to the same conditions).
Boarders who are in years 7 – 10 may be considered for an exemption on a case-by-case basis. Schools have provided relevant information for consideration by NSW Health and many boarders have already been granted an individual exemption. Families should speak to their School if they wish to explore this option.
Students who normally live in a Restricted Area or COVID-19 Area of Concern in Victoria are strongly encouraged to remain in NSW during the school holidays, or to make other arrangements to spend the holiday with their family away from home. If a student has been to a Restricted Area or Area of Concern, they would be required to quarantine for 14 days on their return to NSW.
NSW Health will work with schools towards the end of Term 4 2020 to assess the situation and make the appropriate arrangement to allow students to return home for the Christmas Vacation period.
NSW Health is working with Education to provide advice for parents who need to transport NSW students to Victorian boarding schools. This will be available before the start of Term 4.