Students getting back to school on the first day of term has become the first priority of the NSW government as it seeks a "return to normal" for the people of the state.
But parents and teachers are still waiting to see the government's plan.
The plan is expected to be released in the coming days after being presented at national cabinet on Thursday.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Friday he didn't want to give a "running commentary" on the plan before it was released.
But he said rapid tests were expected to play a "short-term role" to boost confidence while teachers and students return to the classrooms.
Opening schools on day one of term was "critically important" and his government wants to provide certainty to parents, teachers and students.
"It's incredibly important, as we get back to the life that we love, as we return to normal," the premier said.
Of the "myriad issues" facing society during the pandemic, Mr Perrottet said school returning was the "number one focus for me and for the government".
He was encouraged that most states were also focused on a day-one start.
Labor said parents need to know what their obligations are and how they'll be navigating the return to school.
"We really need the NSW premier to front up and explain to the parents and teachers and students of this state when that plan will be released," Opposition leader Chris Minns said on Friday.
"We don't want the mess the public hospital system has been over the last four weeks to be replicated in our NSW public education system."
Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant this week said a rise in case numbers sparked by children returning to classrooms could not be ruled out.
Australian Associated Press
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