The word on the schoolyard is the trial High School Certificate will be going ahead as planned for Shoalhaven public schools.
But non-public schools had a different story with St John the Evangelist Catholic High School in Nowra having to push their HSC trials back from week three and four to week five and six.
While HSC trial exams are a school-based assessment activity not conducted by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), NESA made some changes to their rules to help schools respond to the evolving COVID situation.
These changes mean schools can postpone trial exams by a few weeks or provide an alternative assessment task suitable for the learning from home context.
A spokesperson from the Department of Education (DE) said there were no changes to trial exams for Shoalhaven public high schools.
"All public schools in the Shoalhaven have not changed their plans and are moving ahead and following COVID safe practices," the spokesperson said.
DE recommends students and teachers wear masks or face coverings in all indoor settings for students year seven and above in areas outside of Greater Sydney whereas masks are mandatory in the Greater Sydney area.
Students are requested to bring their own but schools also have additional supplies.
Masks remain mandatory on public transport for students aged 13 years and over, and staff when travelling to and from school and during school excursions by public transport or by chartered or private transport services.
NESA said they are continuing to work closely with NSW Health and the school sectors to plan contingencies for HSC exams, and will always follow the health advice to prioritise the safety and health of students, exam staff and school communities.