Umina launches Learning at Home portal
Umina Beach Public School has launched a dedicated Learning at Home portal on the school's website.
The school will primarily be using Google Classroom for its online learning, with the portal also including dedicated information about how to set up a Google Classroom account, a basic introduction to the program and other information for parents and guardians about setting up an effective home learning environment.
Principal Ms Lyn Davis said: "Parents are encouraged to keep their children at home to learn.
"The school will be open to those parents who work in our health system, education system, emergency services and other essential services required in our society at this time.
"A number of staff with health conditions have chosen to work from home.
"This means that Umina Beach Public School will have reduced supervision and class options.
"The school will run but using a flexible timetable, with units coinciding with home schooling units available on the Home Learning portal.
"To assist with learning from home, our staff are putting together learning tasks and we are looking into the best way to share these with our community," Ms Davis said.
Ms Davis also urged parents and guardians to be stringent with how they protected their children over the coming weeks.
"It is important to note that this is not a time for students to be at shopping centres, riding bikes and scooters, surfing and playing with their friends in local parks.
"This is not a holiday.
"Coronavirus is serious and limiting contact by social distance is advised by the Department of Health," she said.
Newsletter, 24 Mar 2020
Lyn Davis, Umina Beach Public School