COVID19 update for Greater Sydney


Schools in Greater Sydney are learning from home. Parents must keep their children at home. Visit latest advice.


Tag: Coronavirus

  • HBHS - Covid19 Update

    The following arrangements and advice are based on the current directives from NSW Health and the NSW Department of Education.

    Homebush Boys High School will be operating through online learning from Tuesday 13 till Friday 16 July. Regular face to face classes will not be held. We will have staff at school to supervise students of families whose parents are essential workers and need to send their children to school.

    During online learning, all lessons will be using the online platform their teacher has set up for them, whether it be Google Classroom or Moodle. We encourage students to check their email and online platforms everyday for work and information from their teachers.

    Students will be allocated a unit of work to complete during the four days and this will be made available through the Google Classrooms/Moodle platform that will be uploaded at the beginning of the week.

  • Statement from Gladys Berejiklian and Brad Hazzard

    Following updated health advice and ongoing cases of community transmission, the current lockdown will be extended for another week until 11:59pm on Friday, 16 July.

    The same restrictions currently in place across both Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour and regional NSW will remain in place until this time.

    Face-to-face learning will resume in regional NSW when school returns on Tuesday, 13 July.

    Learning will be online for schools and students in Greater Sydney from Tuesday, 13 July for four days.

    Schools will remain open for students who need them and no child will be turned away from school.

    All students will return to the classroom on Monday, 19 July.

  • Term 3 - 2021 - COVID-19 Update

    As you may have heard in the latest update from the Premier, the lockdown has been extended by a week.

    That means we will begin the term with online learning from home for the first week. We will have more details on this after we have received information from the Department of Education. At this stage students need to prepare for online learning through their online platforms.

    Watch this space for more information about what this means for HBHS. 

  • Sports Cancelled Today - 23/06/21

    Due to COVID19 restrictions we have been advised to cancel all sports for today Wednesday 23 June 2021.


    Students will be remaining at school until 2.20pm.


    We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

  • 2021 - HBHS CAPA Night - Cancelled

    Due to updated COVID restrictions, CAPA Night has been Cancelled

    We will revisit options for CAPA Night in Term 4 based on Health and Department of Education advice. More information will be provided in due time. 

    HBHS Years 7 - 11 Creative Arts & Performing Arts Night


    When: 24th June 2021 22nd July 2021

    Where: Homebush Boys High School, Bridge Rd, Homebush

    Arts Exhibition:Starts 5:00pm

    Music Performances: 5:30pm

    All Welcome! 

  • NSW students return to the classroom full-time

    Students across NSW will be back in the classroom full-time from next Monday, 25 May.

    The success of the phased return to face to face teaching has demonstrated the education system and community are ready for school to come back full-time.

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell thanked school communities and parents for their patience during this difficult time.

    Ms Berejiklian said a return to full-time face to face teaching and learning is crucial for the education progress of every child in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

    “Since starting a managed return to the classroom, we have seen a strong degree of confidence from our school communities in managing COVID-19 and a clear desire for all students to be back at school,” Ms Berejiklian said.

    “We expect schools to stick with the health advice – increased cleaning, access to hygiene supplies and compliance with hygience practices – and look forward to seeing all students back on campus five days a week.

  • Phase 1: Return to School Information Booklet

    Students begin partial return to school from 11 May 2020 in accordance with the plan announced by the NSW Premier of a phased resumption of normal schooling.

    This Information Booklet has been designed to give you important information and answer some questions you may have about the arrangements in Phase One. Click here or on the image for the information booklet. Information in the booklet includes:


    • Timetables for phase one
    • Department of Education information on the phases
    • Important information about school procedures during phase one
    • Frequently asked questions and answers.
    • Wellbeing Information.

    Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any further questions or queries about arrangements.

  • Phase 1: Update 8th May 2020


    Safety is a priority during the COVID 19 pandemic. Students will be expected to behave in a responsible way, which recognises the importance of protecting the health of themselves, their peers, and staff, who are at higher risk of COVID 19. A few teachers will be working from home due to higher levels of vulnerability to COVID 19.

    Students will be expected to:

    • Stay  home  when  unwell.  Parents  must  not  send  students  to  school  if  they  are feeling unwell. If a student is unwell during the school day, they will not be able to remain in the clinic. Parents will be expected to collect unwell students from school.
    • Assist in keeping classroom desks and school equipment clean as directed by the teacher
    • Engage in regular handwashing and sanitizing their hands, especially before eating during breaks
    • Not share drinks or food – bring a water bottle as bubblers will be out of action
    • Follow teacher’s direction about where to sit and staying safe distances apart at all times inside the classroom and in the playground.
    • Maintain  social  distancing  in  corridors  and  when  queuing  –  floor  markings  have  been created to assist.
    • Bring all their own equipment including pens, calculators, BYOD with charger, glue and anything else needed as there will be NO sharing amongst students or provided by staff
    • Cough  or  sneeze  into  their  elbows  if  necessary  to  avoid  spreading  infection.  Avoid touching face.
    • Use  soap,  sanitisers  and  other  health  items  in  a  responsible  manner  –  we encourage students to bring their own sanitiser.
    • Not participate in ball games during break times due to infection risk.
    • Come directly to school each morning, and after school go directly home – do not go home via the local shops or park

    If we all adhere to these guidelines we can be confident in this phased return to school. In addition, we have hand sanitisers in each classroom. Furthermore, additional cleaning is being undertaken with special attention to cleaning of desks, doorknobs, bathrooms and other surfaces.

    Students who do not adhere to these health and safety requirements will be reminded of our expectations and the school discipline procedures will be implemented.

  • Bell Times (Covid19)

    Students in Years 7 to 11 will be required to attend one day per week during Phase 1, as outlined below:

    • Year 7students attend Monday
    • Year 8students attend Tuesday
    • Year 11students attend Wednesday
    • Year 9students attend Thursday
    • Year 10students attend Friday
    Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Year 7 8 11 9 10
    Group 12 12 12 12 12

    Timetables for Years 7-10, Year 11 and Year 12 during Phase 1

    Year 7 - 10
    8:50am - 9:00am Roll Call / Wellbeing
    9:00am - 9:55am Period 1
    Break (15 minutes)
    10:10am - 11:05am Period 2
    11:05am - 11:25am  Recess
    11:25am - 12:20pm Period 3
    Break (15 Minutes)
    12:35pm - 1:30pm Period 4
    1:30pm - 1:50pm Lunch 1
    1:50pm - 2:10pm Lunch 2
    2:10pm - 3:10pm Period 5
    Year 11
    8:45am - 8:55am Roll Call / Wellbeing
    8:55am - 9:45am Period 1
    9:45am - 10:35am Period 2
    10:35am - 10:55am  Recess
    10:55am - 11:45pm Period 3
    Break (5 minutes)
    11:50pm - 12:40pm Period 4
    12:40pm - 1:00pm Lunch 1
    1:00pm - 1:20pm Lunch 2
    1:20pm - 2:10pm Period 5
    Break (5 minutes)
    2:15pm - 3:10pm Period 6
    Year 12
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

    Period 0


    Period 0

    TBA Period 0 TBA Period 0 TBA Period 0 TBA
    RollCall 8:30-8:40
    Period 1 8:30-9:30 Period 1 8:30-9:30 Period 1 8:40-9:40 Period 1 8:30-9:30 Period 1 8:30-9:30
    Period 2 9:30-10:30 Period 2 9:30-10:30 Recess 9:40-10:00 Period 2 9:30-10:30 Period 2 9:30-10:30
    Recess 10:30-10:50 Recess 10:30-10:50 Period 2 10:00-11:00 Recess 10:30-10:50 Recess 10:30-10:50
    Period 3 10:50-11:50 Period 3 10:50-11:50 Period 3 11:00-12:00 Period 3 10:50-11:50 Period 3 10:50-11:50
    Period 4 11:50-12:50 Study Period 11:50-12:50 Lunch 1 12:00-12:15 Period 4 11:50-12:50 Period 4 11:50-12:50
    Lunch 1 12:50-1:05 Lunch 1 12:50-1:05 Lunch 2 12:15-12:30 Lunch 1 12:50-1:05 Lunch 1 12:50-1:05
    Lunch 2 1:05-1:20 Lunch 2 1:05-1:20 Period 4 12:30-1:30 Lunch 2 1:05-1:20 Lunch 2 1:05-1:20
    Period 5 1:20-2:20 Period 5 1:20-2:20 Period 5 1:30-2:30 Period 5 1:20-2:20 Period 5 1:20-2:20
    After School 2:20-3:20         After School 2:20-3:20 After School 2:20-3:20


  • Phase 1: Return to School

    Students begin partial return to school from 11 May 2020 in accordance with the plan announced by the NSW Premier of a phased resumption of normal schooling.
    The following arrangements will apply from the start of Week 3 of Term 2, Monday 11th May:
    • Year 12 will be required to attend school daily, and resume normal timetabled face-to-face classes. To cater for COVID-19 recommendations;
      • The school will introduce alternate start, break and finish times for Year 12 to minimise interaction between students in different Years. The Year 12 day will start at 8:30 amand finish at 2:20pm. A timetable with the altered Phase 1 times is attached.
      • Students studying Extension Classes, Hospitality, IT Timber or Construction will be notified of external class times by their teachers this week.
    • Students in Years 7 to 11 will be required to attend one day per week during Phase 1, as outlined below:
      • Year 7students attend Monday
      • Year 8students attend Tuesday
      • Year 11students attend Wednesday
      • Year 9students attend Thursday
      • Year 10students attend Friday
    Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Year 7 8 11 9 10
    Group 12 12 12 12 12


    • On the day that students in Years 7 to 10 attend school, they will be supervised in small class groups by a teacher as they complete their online study program for that day. Students will not be pleased in their normal classes. They will not have face to face teaching lessons in any subject. They will be in rooms with a maximum of 15 students as per guidelines provided on social distancing for schools. They will remain in the same group in the same room for the day, with breaks between each period. They will have a teacher each period to check in on their wellbeing and their ability to access and participate in their online learning programs. They will have an opportunity to reconnect with peers and friends.
    • Year 11 students attend school on Wednesday, they will be following a 6-period timetable, covering each of their subjects. The class teacher will be present with their class unlessthe teacher is unable to attend school on the day. A timetable with revised times for the day is provided on the next page.
    • Parents who keep their son/s at home should contact the school to explain the absence. Students learning from home will be marked as Flexible Learning on the roll, this is not counted as an absence.
  • Term 2 operational advice

    School operations - Updated advice to parents and carers - 23 March 2020

    Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 April 2020 have been designated as staff development days to assist staff in catering for students learning from home. 

    Term 2 will begin as it finished in Term 1. The majority of NSW students will be learning from home. Schools will be open and operational for students that need to attend but where practical, parents are encouraged to keep their children at home.

    Teachers will plan the same learning for students at school and at home.

    From week three of Term 2, we will begin a managed return to school. The Premier and Minister for Education have announced a phased operating model for NSW schools during COVID-19. The new model will see students being reintroduced to some face-to-face learning on campus starting from week 3.

    More information on the new model and operational changes will be provided to teachers, parents and students before Week 3 of Term 2 begins to let you know the plan for the remainder of the term.

    Supporting continuity of learning for all students

    Our staff have been working hard to develop a suite of learning resources and options for students to undertake from home. The Department has developed and will continue to develop resources and offer professional learning to help teachers with this task. Whether your child is at school or at home, the aim is for all students to access the consistent learning content provided by our school. This may mean sending work home, either with physical materials or by email, or by making use of one of our online platforms at our school.

    Support for students at home

    I encourage you to access the Learning from Home resource which provides practical advice to parents and carers on how to best create and support a productive learning environment in the home.


  • Schools to implement distancing measures

    The NSW Department of Education is introducing proactive measures to limit the impact of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our schools.

    Mark Scott, Secretary of the Department of Education, announced that schools would adopt social distancing measures requiring them to cancel assemblies, excursions, travel, some events and conferences.

    Mr Scott said these measures are precautionary and designed to reduce exposure via non-essential gatherings.

    "Schools have been a focus of the community and the government as the impacts of coronavirus have developed globally," Mr Scott said.

    "From Monday onwards, I expect school assemblies and substantial gatherings to be cancelled, along with all excursions.

    "The community expects schools to be as safe as possible. We are implementing these measures to provide peace of mind for students, parents and staff."

    "These cancellations also extend to inter-school arts, sports, initiative activities and events.

  • School Closures in relation to the community transmission of COVID-19

    The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has met to consider the issue of school closures in relation to the community transmission of COVID-19. The Committee’s advice is that pre-emptive closures are not likely to be proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 at this time.

    There is currently limited information on the contribution of children to transmission of COVID-19, with the WHO-China Joint Mission noted the primary role of household transmission and observed that children tended to be infected from adults.

  • Updated information COVID-19 – Social Distancing Measures for Sporting Activities

    NSW Department of Education have indicated a ‘phased social distancing strategy’ is to be implemented from Monday 16 March 2020. As part of this strategy 'Arts, Sports and Initiatives events will be temporarily ceased until further notice'. The Sydney North Schools Sports Association advises that the following trials/championships/knockouts will not proceed - 

    • Primary girls football trials
    • Central venue water polo days
    • Primary Australian Football trials
    • Secondary Rugby League trials
    • Buckley Shield Central venue days
    • University Shield Central venues days
    • Secondary Boys Football trials
    • Secondary Boys hockey trials
    • Secondary Girls hockey trials
    • Secondary Girls football trials
    • COVID-19 and public schools in NSW

      The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is the same way you would protect yourself from catching flu or other respiratory illnesses.

      1. Wash your hands
        • Clean your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.
        • Helpful hygiene heroes Piper and Hunter are here to teach you how to wash your hands
      2. Cough etiquette
        • Cover your sneeze or cough with your elbow or with a tissue (and dispose of it immediately). Avoid close contact with people who are ill. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
      3. Stay home
        • if you are sick If your child is unwell with a respiratory illness they should remain at home until symptoms clear up.
    • Coronavirus Update - Part 2

      Update advice for Parents – 2 February 2020
      Current advice from the Australian Government Department of Health for parents in regards to the Novel Coronavirus is:

      • Any student and staff arriving in Australia from 1 February 2020 who has been in mainland China or transited through mainland China (not just Hubei province) is excluded from school and child care services for a period of 14 days from the date they left mainland China as the Novel Coronavirus’ incubation period can be as long as two weeks.
      • Any confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return
      • Close contact of a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
      • Any student and staff arriving before 1 February our previous advice remains that students and staff who were in Hubei province are excluded from school or child care services for 14 days, and those who were in the rest of China are requested not to not attend school or child care services for a period of 14 days after leaving China.
      • More information can be found at NSW Health.
    • Coronavirus Update

      The Department of Education is currently working with the Ministry of Health to monitor and respond to the unfolding international novel coronavirus situation. Advice has been distributed to NSW Public Schools in accordance with advice received from the Ministry of Health.

      There has been a small number of cases of confirmed Novel Coronavirus in New South Wales. In accordance with national public health guidelines, exclusions only apply for those who are a:

      • Confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus – exclude until medically cleared
      • Close contact of a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus – exclude for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case 

      Staff or students who have recently returned from overseas and are well, and are not close contacts of a confirmed case, are able attend work or school as normal.