Boarding school restrictions have been relaxed, allowing for a return to normality at Wagga's Mount Erin and Leeton's St Francis accommodations.
The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) announced last week that it would relax stringent measures and allow the re-opening of shared sites that had been closed to curb the COVID-19 infection rates.
Health authorities will now require boarding schools to adhere to a strict COVID-safe checklist during the resumption of normal activities.
St Francis and Mount Erin have remained open, but measures had been in place to enforce separation between students and staff, a spokesperson for the Catholic Diocese of Wagga Wagga (CEDWW) confirmed.
"Mount Erin does not have any students who sleep in dormitories," the spokesperson said.
"Boarders reside in cubicles and as such, they are physically distanced from each other."
"Minor modifications were made to the dormitories at St Francis so that they complied with the physical distancing requirements."
During the lockdown, the AHPPC required that all boarding houses that were to remain open be reduced to 25 per cent of the usual occupancy to control the viral spread.
With so few students inside Leeton and Wagga's boarding schools, neither was required to reduce occupancy.
Federal Minister for Regional Education Andrew Gee confirmed that the restrictions have been relaxed after the rate of infection throughout regional Australia dropped to a reasonably safe level.
Across the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, there has not been a single community-acquired case of COVID-19 since April.
"With low infection rates across regional Australia, it makes sense to relax boarding school restrictions and get our country kids back into the classroom," Mr Gee said.
"The relaxing of these restrictions is a win for students and our boarding schools, which have been struggling through COVID-19."