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Auburn Public School

Auburn Public School

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A message for the students and families of Auburn Public School. 


Dear parents and carers

Welcome to a new school year, an exciting time as our students start or return to their school journey. I want to share how we are building on our experiences of the last 2 years and continuing to safeguard our school community while keeping our school open, where we know the best learning happens.

We will start 2022 with a layered approach to COVID-smart measures that have been developed in partnership with NSW Health to help to minimise transmissions at school. The health and wellbeing of our students and staff remain our priority, and these measures are designed to help to keep our school open and our students learning in the classroom.

Rapid antigen test (RAT) kits will be provided to all students to help monitor your child’s health and minimise transmission of COVID-19 across our school

Wearing of surgical masks indoors is required for all staff and strongly recommended for all primary students. Masks will be provided by the school if required

Only fully vaccinated visitors essential to delivering and supporting learning or wellbeing can come on a school site.

Up to two parents or carers are allowed to accompany their child into school on their first day of Kindergarten or students starting at a new school.

Students will be kept in their stage groups on school grounds, with staggered drop-off and pick-ups, break times, playground and canteen access to minimise the spread of COVID-19 across cohorts.

We will continue to use good hygiene, enhanced cleaning, good air flow and ventilation in learning spaces, as well as physical distancing practices.

While this is not going to be a normal start to the school year, we know that being together in the classroom is the most effective way for students to learn and grow. Your child's relationship with their teacher is important, but as we manage potential disruptions to staffing due to COVID-19, they may get to meet more teachers than usual.

Rapid antigen testing

We will distribute packs of rapid antigen test (RAT) kits for all students and staff at the start of Term 1.

The use of RAT kits is an important step to support the health and wellbeing of our students and staff. They are a quick and easy screening tool to help detect COVID-19. It is a simple process of placing a nose or throat swab in a chemical solution, which is put onto a scanning device. Results can be ready within 15 minutes. Use of RAT kits is highly recommended but not mandatory.

Instructions are included in the kits detailing how to use the tests, check the results and dispose of the tests safely. You can also download the instructions through the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)External link website. The user guides will also contain a contact number for the suppliers if you need additional support.

How and when do I pick up the RAT kits?

Parents can pick up their childs Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) from Auburn Public School on Monday 31st January 2022 from 10:00-11:00am. 

Additional information

  • School staff will not be administering the rapid antigen tests to students. 
  • RAT kits should be collected from school by a parent or carer and the tests completed at home in the morning before attending school.

Each student will receive an initial supply of 4 RATs to be used twice a week in the morning before attending school.


  • Negative results do not need to be reported to Service NSW or to the school.

Unwell at school

Any student or staff member who is unwell and/or displays symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to go home and stay until they can complete a RAT or PCR test.

If symptoms continue, they should stay at home and take another RAT in 24 hours or have a PCR test.

If the second RAT or initial PCR test result is negative and they are displaying no symptoms OR they are diagnosed as another condition such as hayfever, the student or staff member can return to school.

In NSW, positive COVID-19 cases are provided a Medical Clearance Notice after 7 days and allowed to leave self-isolation as long as they do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

What happens when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Under the new close contact rules, schools are no longer included in contact tracing. I will inform the school community when there is a positive case in our school and advise families on public health advice, including monitoring for symptoms.

Use of surgical masks

All primary and secondary school staff will be required to wear masks indoors.

No vented or cloth masks should be worn. If required surgical masks will be available at schools.

Primary school students are strongly recommended to wear well-fitted masks indoors.

Masks are also strongly encouraged in outdoor settings where you cannot physically distance. Your child can remove their mask when eating, exercising or playing a musical instrument.

For more information, refer to Face masks in NSWExternal link.

Term 1 School Operations

Just a reminder that school starts at 8.58am for all students. Student should not arrive before 8.30am as there is no teacher supervision until 8:30am.

To help with the movement of students around the school and leaving the school we have made the following changes.

Kindergarten finish at 2:30pm during February and exit on the K-2 side through the gate on Auburn Road in front of the uniform shop.

Support Unit finish at 2:50pm and exit on the 3-6 side through the main gate.

Stage 1 finish at 3:00pm and exit on the K-2 side

1/2C, 1/2I, 1/2D, 1/2T,  K-2 main gate (Auburn road)
1/2R,  1/2B, 1/2M Susan Street gate

Stage 2 finish at 3:00pm and exit on the 3-6 side

3/4L, 3/6E Carpark gate
3/4P, 3/4S, 4/5M Library gate

Stage 3 - finish at 3:00pm and exit on the 3-6 side from the Canteen gate on Auburn Road

This organisation will continue until further notice

Jodie Landon

Relieving Principal

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