The first 1.2 million rapid, at-home tests ordered by the NSW government have arrived, with another 15 million expected within a week.

The government’s order of 50 million will be distributed to schools, social housing, vulnerable and remote communities.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports the state’s 1.2 million students would need to take RATs twice a week under one proposal for the return to school.

Parents may also be asked to supervise children in classrooms to counter staff shortages and prevent a return to homeschooling.

The state reported 17 deaths on Monday, taking the number over the previous five days past 100.

A further 29,504 new infections were also recorded, as hospitals across the state face unprecedented stress.

A record 2776 virus patients are in hospital – 203 in intensive care and 61 of them ventilated.