Schools operate online

The decision not to close schools across the country has proven to be one of the more controversial aspects of the Federal and State Government response to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) global pandemic.

While the NSW government has advised parents to keep their children home, they have refrained from closing schools outright to avoid placing strain on working families, keeping them open until the school holidays officially begin on April 10.

“We are encouraging parents to keep their children at home,” New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Monday March 23.

“We appreciate that for some parents that is not possible, so schools will remain open. No child will be turned away from school.”

However, many private schools across the country, including Snowy Mountains Grammar School, have already made the decision to close down and transition to online remote learning, a transition that all schools are preparing for ahead of further shutdowns.

SMGS teachers have been using a remote video conferencing program called Zoom to host virtual classes for students across a range of subjects.

While public schools are still required to remain open, many students are staying home and teachers at schools such as Monaro High are also making the switch to online and virtual classrooms.

“Teachers have been dealing with incredibly mixed messages regarding Covid-19, while planning and teaching a full allocation of classes. They have also been dealing with the uncertainty behind the expectations of supporting ongoing educational material for students and families into the future,” a Monaro High spokesperson said.

“That being the case, over the coming days, Monaro High School will finalise platforms and content which will support the ongoing education for all of our students irrespective of what the ever-changing landscape presents.

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