Back to school

ABC News reports that NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has warned parents to send their children to school from next week or risk them being marked absent. "The message is schools return next week and students need to be back in the classroom," Ms Mitchell said.

"Rolls will be marked as per normal and unexplained absences will be followed up.

"You should be at school as long as you are well." NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said "normality" would return at schools to some extent, but warned parents to brace for major disruptions until a COVID-19 vaccine was found.

"It will be common ... for schools to be shut down temporarily," she said.

"It will be common for a particular school to take extra measures if there's a community breakout in that community with cases.

"And we just have to accept that."