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30 Mar 2020
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Beachgoer increase sees 52 rescues at Umina Beach
Fishing operators say they struggle to stay viable
Peninsula fuel 50 per cent higher with crude price drop
Early end to patrols, but beaches remain open
'Character statement' may be developed for Council ward
'Resilience plan writes itself' as needs arise
Rotary president returns to home confinement
New York trip turns to nightmare
Leisure centre and theatre close as council cuts services
Bays Fair won't be held until next year
Italian festival postponed
Rotary club cancels Opera in the Arboretum
Information on government website
Chamber joins in buy-local campaign
Wicks urges residents to remain calm
Council forecasts $32.5 million deficit before virus costs
Council elections postponed 12 months
Council to tender for after hours call service
Collapse  FORUM FORUM
The dire trend of planning approvals on the Peninsula
Toilet condition appalling
When the Peninsula relied on bore water
Offers to share toilet paper
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Health District 'as prepared as humanly possible'
Public health service cancels non-urgent surgery
Private hospital offers surgery to 'relieve load'
Woy Woy Hospital changes visiting hours
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
Photographers and artists wanted by arboretum group
Art prize winners announced
Benefit concert postponed
Folk club cancels March concert
Theatre group reschedules plays to next year
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
College campuses transition to online learning
Teachers are designing activities for home learning
School adopts Batlow as 'bushfire buddy'
Schoolwork prepared for online learning
Students take part in photography workshop
Events cancelled, postponed and proceeding
Umina launches Learning at Home portal
School attendance drops to 15 per cent
School subscribes to online learning programs
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Southern Spirit declared runners-up after washout
Women's sevens final played at Woy Woy
Netball association may face tough decisions
Woy Woy Lions activities postponed at least until May
Soccer players wait for news about season's future
Swans season deferred

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.

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