After a Q&A with NSW Department of Education, some parents are losing confidence about the new school year

Parents say they’re “incredibly nervous” about returning their children to school during the country’s largest COVID-19 outbreak amid mixed messages from the NSW government.

Most students and teachers are due to return to classrooms on Tuesday and will be required to undergo bi-weekly surveillance testing.

On Tuesday evening, the Federation for Parents and Citizens Associations of NSW (P&C) invited parents to a public online Q&A session with representatives from the NSW Department of Education and a pediatric infectious disease specialist.

Up to 2,000 people were in attendance – the highest-ever turnout, according to federation president Natalie Walker – and hundreds of questions were submitted.

Screenshots of the chat log from the Zoom meeting, seen by the ABC, showed many parents were uncomfortable about the return-to-school plan unveiled on Sunday.

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