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Some parents have a choice but others don't on question of sending children to school

Like many parents, Abbey Harriton has been wrestling with the question of whether to keep sending her daughter Eva to school during the coronavirus crisis.

It can be a difficult decision because schools remain open based on the advice of the nation's top health officials, but Premier Gladys Berejiklian has encouraged parents to keep their children at home if possible.

"Eva is in kindy and loves it," Ms Harriton said as they walked into Burraneer Bay School on Monday morning, possibly for the last time for many months.

"I am not sure if she is safer here or at home. We are self isolating at home

"After today, I think we will probably keep her at home."

Ms Harrition, who also has two sons, aged three and seven months, said the situation was "very confusing for children, particularly for the little ones".

Christina Leuzinger said she would continue to send her son Jacob, who is in Year 2, to school as long as it was open.

Ms Leuzinger, who works from home in the hospitality industry, said it would be very difficult to keep Jacob at home and she wanted him to continue to have education.

"I think everyone is trying to do the best they can in this situation," she said.

"Obviously, parents in NSW are scared about the spread [of coronavirus] because it is increasing so much in this state.

"But, children are not in the high risk category.

"I listened to Scott Morrison and he was very clear about it.

"I think the parents are more at risk from the children, and it's important to be careful with hygiene when they come home from school."

Kate Corbin said while schools remained open, her children would attend classes.

"In terms of keeping things as normal as possible, I think it's the best thing," she said.

"We have our own business in the construction industry and I work from home so, if schools did close, it wouldn't be a worry.

"But, while they are open, the kids will go.

"My daughter goes to high school and they have set up a Google classroom in case the school is closed."

Tanya Howison, whose daughter Jessica is in year 5 and son Jack in year 2, said she didn't have a choice.

"Both my husband and I work full time," she said.

"It's a tough situation and we do worry, but I have full confidence in the school's leadership team."

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