The state's peak teachers union has warned against a hasty return to the classroom as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
It comes after the state premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed intentions to see students back in classrooms by the third week of term 2.
With school to resume on April 27, that would place the physical return date around May 11. But the premier has said she will continue to discuss with stakeholder, teachers and principals about what that return will look like.
President of the NSW Teachers Federation, Angelo Gavrielatos told The Daily Advertiser he hopes a return to classrooms will be staggered across year groups rather than an all-at-once approach.
"It needs to be orderly and staged, not ad hoc with everyone coming back to school together," Mr Gavrielatos said.
His concern particularly lies with school staff, who he has applauded for going "above and beyond in this time".
"A lot of teachers are parents, husbands, wives, uncles, aunts, grandparents even and they have concerns for their families," he said.
"We hear all this talk about schools being safe because children are less likely to contract a severe illness, but that ignores the maybe 200 to 300 adults on school sites every day. Their health and well-being [may be] at risk."
As classrooms migrated online, tutor Dr Tamara Jones-Hood's Wagga business became increasingly busy. She said she hopes there will be more clarity on the situations as the holidays near an end.
"We just need more details on it. Is it going to be everybody back in classes in May or is it something more gradual," she said.
"Every student I have spoken to is very keen to go back, especially the HSC students. It's something I never thought I'd hear, but I think online learning has been a real challenge and the classroom has a lot of stability."
Similarly to the previous term, Mr Gavrielatos expects classrooms will be dealing with significant challenges.
"One thing that has become apparent in all of this is the inequity around our school system. 'Online learning' just rolls off the tongue, but for some students, that's just a dream. Some teachers are having to photocopy work, stuff envelopes and send it out to students."
The inequality, Mr Gavrielatos said, is primarily seen in the state's regions where students have already grappled with enormous trauma before the COVID-19.
"The stress of the fires, the drought, the climate emergency are being felt. Students have not recovered, and now they're dealing with this. Both the students and the teachers need more support, we need additional staff," he said.