Parents across Sydney are getting a crash course in home-schooling this week as lessons move from the classroom to online and other means in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Currently public, Catholic and independent schools across were open, but attendances are dwindling.
The NSW Department of Education has learning from home resource for parents to outline "the ways schools will maintain teaching and learning in the event of a prolonged school closure or student absence".
"Learning from home plans allow for the continuation of these activities despite interruptions to normal school attendance for one or more students or the whole school community," it said.
"Schools are best placed to know their communities and how best to provide support for students and their parents. There is a lot to take into consideration, including the age of the students, the length of the interruption and what technology and other tools are available for teachers, students and parents.
"The department is providing a range of teaching resources, student materials, parent and carer advice and assistance for teachers who need support with planning lessons or using technology.
"Your child's school will communicate with you and provide learning activities for your child to do at home, using the school website, newsletters, emails and other online tools."
The department said parents should do the following to support their children:
- establish routines and expectations.
- define a space for your child to work.
- monitor communications from teachers.
- begin and end each day with a check-in.
- take an active role in helping your children process their learning.
- encourage physical activity and/or exercise.
- check in with your child regularly to help them manage stress.
- monitor how much time your child spends online.
- set rules around their social media interactions.