Les Powell School

Leaders in special education

Telephone02 9821 1711


COVID-safe return to school

COVID-safe measures at school

A combination of layered safety measures - vaccination, wearing masks, student cohorting, physical distancing, ventilation, hygiene and cleaning - allows us to prioritise student and staff wellbeing while we keep schools operational.

Student attendance at school

  • All students are expected to be at school unless they are unwell. Do not attend school if unwell, even with mild symptoms. Get tested for COVID-19 and follow NSW Health directions. 
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms you will be sent home and must not return to school unless you have either:
    • isolated for 7 days, when no medical certificate is available
    • symptom free
  • In circumstances where a student has other medical reasons for recurrent symptoms, a letter from your GP is sufficient to negate the requirement for a negative test.
  • Self-isolation periods and testing requirements differ for close contacts based on their exposure and vaccination status. If you are identified as a close contact, an authorised contact tracer from NSW Health or from the department's Health and Safety Directorate will contact you and let you know what you need to do.

Assisted School Travel Program

ASTP will remain available for students who access the service and continue to attend school on site, in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • All staff operating vehicles (Assisted Travel Support Officers and Drivers) are required to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask or face covering in and around vehicles at all times.
  • It is mandatory for students aged 12 years and over to wear masks. However, wearing a mask may be unsuitable for some students or they may not be abe to wear them for extended periods of time. The Public Health Order includes reasons why someone may be exempted from wearing a mask or face covering, such as intellectual disability, autism, trauma or skin conditions. These students will not be excluded from ASTP services for not wearing a mask or face covering.
  • Vehicles will be adequately ventilated during runs and regularly sanitised.
  • Parents and carers are also required to wear a mask around vehicles in order to minimise risk of transmission during student pick up and drop off. Parents and carers may access the same mask wearing exemptions as students.