ALBURY schools should not have to cancel classes next week after the NSW Education Department made it clear Victorian-based teachers and students in the border bubble were free to travel for lessons.
Primary and secondary schools that rely on Victorian teachers to fill out their timetables were forced to scramble on Friday after the department advised they could not travel across the Murray River for work and classes.
Among them was Albury High School with principal Darryl Ward writing to parents on Thursday night with news that the NSW department believed the Victorian lockdown orders banned staff from travelling over the border.
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As a result year 8, 9 and 10 students were directed to stay at home, given 17 of the school's staff of 70 live in Victoria.
However on Friday afternoon, after lobbying from the office of member for Albury Justin Clancy, the NSW Education Department updated their website advice for the Victorian border.
It now states "NSW staff and students may continue attending school to work and learn".
The advice continues that "in accordance with the Victorian Government 'circuit breaker' restrictions, residents of Victoria attending NSW schools as staff and students are permitted to attend our schools" except if they are unwell, been to a hotspot in Victoria or live beyond the border bubble.
The requirements will remain in place until 11:59pm on June 3 when the Victorian lockdown is due to end.