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Students still able to attend school as border restrictions tighten

By Alex Gretgrix

AS BORDER restrictions tighten for Echuca-Moama, the increasing confusion surrounding schools has been somewhat reduced.

In a letter to parents and families, Moama Anglican Grammar deputy principal Kathleen Kemp confirmed students who lived outside the new "bubble" would be able to attend school.

“The Association of Independent Schools NSW contacted us to let us know staff and students who live outside the new permit eligibility zones will be able to get an exemption permit to come to work and school in NSW,” she said.

“We have been told Service NSW will have updated the border permit application form on their website.”

Speaking to ABC Goulburn-Murray, NSW Cross Border Commissioner James McTavish said the new public health order did not require students to self-isolate on return to NSW even if their school was outside of the zone.

According to the NSW Government website, students, parents and staff members will need to apply for a day school visitor permit to attend school.

This permit is for a resident of Victoria who is a student at a day school entering NSW for their education; a parent or guardian accompanying that student if the student is under 18 years of age; a staff member of a day school entering NSW to attend work; another person (such as a cleaner or bus driver) entering NSW to work or provide services at a NSW day school or provide services to the school.

Or a NSW resident who is a student at a day school in Victoria returning to NSW after attending school; a parent or guardian accompanying that student if the student is under 18 years of age; a staff member of a day school in Victoria who is returning to NSW after entering Victoria for work; another person (such as a cleaner or bus driver) returning to NSW after entering Victoria to work or provide services at a day school in Victoria or provide services to the school.

There are also provisions for parents and guardians to enter NSW for school drop-off and pick-up, but when entering NSW for these purposes or work they cannot combine shopping or other daily life activities.

Mr McTavish said he was conscious there were not other reasonable options for many residents excluded from the border zone and was working on providing further advice.

“We are very conscious that many people live outside of the border zone who do need to enter NSW for the purposes of work,” he said.

Exceptions are also available for medical purposes and child care arrangements, but Mr McTavish advised people to be prepared to show evidence at the border crossing.

All permits issued prior to 4pm on Tuesday, July 21 will expire as the new restrictions come into force.

To check if your address is included in the border zone and to apply for a new border crossing permit, visit the Service NSW website.