NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said he would speak to NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard about wearing masks for HSC students during their exams, but maintains school safety is the top priority absolute.
Face masks are mandatory in NSW schools for all secondary students and staff, and strongly encouraged for primary students.
Mr Perrottet said he accepts that there is “no way” to keep a face mask on young children and that a common sense approach is needed.
When asked this morning if he would consider relaxing the wearing of masks for HSC students during their exams, he replied that he was “happy to watch it.”
“I would accept that the premise of why we decided that high school students wear masks is to keep our schools open and to keep our kids safe, that’s basically on the front of our minds,” he said. he declared.
âThere will be challenges that will present themselves to us with regard to school closures, we have not hidden it. But in the end, it was a huge relief that we brought 2,000 public schools back into operation yesterday and this week. “
The Prime Minister praised the teachers’ vaccination rate, at over 95%, but noted that many children are still not vaccinated, given that only those aged 12 and over are currently eligible for a COVID vaccine. 19.
“The rates are very nice for the older kids, but for the younger kids we don’t have any and especially when we have these kids in a classroom we want to make sure they’re safe,” said Perrottet.
âSo these are the health advice regarding mask wearing, we obviously had a balanced approach with mental health, health and economic advice during this period.
âBut if we can make changes, we will. I will talk to the Minister of Health about it.