Reassurance for 2021 HSC students

The NSW Education Standards Authority

Ahead of next week’s four day return to learning from home for students in Greater Sydney, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) COVID-19 Response Committee is today reassuring students that the HSC is going ahead in a COVID safe way.

Chair of the Committee Professor Peter Shergold said teachers, students, parents and carers are understandably concerned about the impact of the current COVID-19 situation on senior students, and that a number of changes to NESA’s rules have been made to support principals, teachers and students during the current outbreak.

As approved by the NESA Board earlier this year, schools already have the flexibility to change their Year 11 and HSC assessment programs to accommodate the impact of COVID,” Professor Shergold said.

Additionally, earlier this week, the NESA COVID-19 Response Committee agreed to a two-week extension of the deadline for schools to submit their HSC assessment marks.

Vocational education and training (VET) students in Year 11 and 12 who can’t complete their work placement due to COVID restrictions will remain eligible for the HSC.

“We continue to work closely with NSW Health to plan for contingencies should they be needed.

“At present, the HSC oral language, performance and practical exams will go ahead as scheduled in term 3 and written exams in term 4.

“My message to students is to focus on your studies and look after your wellbeing.

“Arrangements are in in place to ensure no student is disadvantaged by COVID restrictions.”

COVID safe exam guidelines will be issued to schools in Term 3. The protocols already in place include:

– students and staff not attending exams if they have COVID-19 symptoms. They must get tested, self-isolate and follow NSW Health advice

– students and staff not attending exams if they have received a positive COVID test or have been identified as a close contact. They must get tested and follow NSW Health advice.

– perspex screens between examiner and student for oral language exams

– students and staff being regularly reminded to wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes and avoid touching their face.

The illness and misadventure process continues to be available for students impacted by COVID-19 restrictions at the time of a HSC exam.

HSC exam schedule

Major projects due – 26 July to 30 August

Oral language exams – 31 July to 4 September

Performance exams – 2 August to 10 September

Written exams – 12 October to 4 November

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