Students at an elite private school have been permitted to relocate out of Sydney’s extended lockdown while others are forced to learn from home.
Year 9 students at Scots College will spend six months boarding at the school’s regional campus Glengarry, about 160km south west of Sydney in Kangaroo Valley.
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Under the current lockdown, which was on Wednesday extended until at least July 30, schools in Greater Sydney are limited to at-home learning.
Excursions are also disallowed.
However, NSW Health did not deem the trip to be an excursion due to its length.
Principal Dr Ian Lambert in a statement refuted reports the school had sought an exemption.
“The college sought guidance, advice, and received approval from NSW Health for students to travel and commence their boarding at the Glengarry campus of The Scots College,” he said.
“Similarly, guidance and advice were sought from the Association for Independent Schools NSW in relation to the operation of boarding schools.”
He added that, as a precaution, students had been isolating for 14 days prior to departing for Glengarry, had received negative COVID-19 tests and were not permitted to travel if unwell.
“Following their arrival, students and staff are in a full lockdown for an additional 14 days. This means there are no visitors, including college employees or contractors in contact with the students,” Lambert said.
“After 14 days onsite, all boys and staff will be tested again for COVID-19 as an added precaution.”
The report follows controversy swelling the inoculation of students at another elite private school.
Some 160 Year 12 students from St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill were vaccinated against COVID despite many not being eligible.
Principal Ross Tarlinton, in a statement supplied to 7NEWS.com.au, confirmed the students were vaccinated because some were boarders from Indigenous communities.
NSW Health later admitted it was an error that other students were vaccinated and apologised.