Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirms all students at public schools in NSW will return to classrooms full time from May 25.
The announcement comes two months after 800,000 children were forces to study remotely where possible.
Face-to-face teaching resumed for Year 12 students in NSW last week at both public and independent schools for an average of three to four days a week. The reaming student year groups were allowed to return at least once a week.
Out of school excursions or assemblies are likely to stay banned.
Ms Berejiklian said, "We want to make sure that face-to-face time in the classroom is what maintains and sustains learning through the pandemic.
"It will be common for schools to be shut down temporarily, for a specific area to be on high alert, for a particular school to take extra measures if there's a community breakout in that community."