Independent school Danebank at Hurstville to launch distance learning model as coronavirus keeps students home

Distance learning: Danebank is asking students to stay home from tomorrow. Picture: Facebook

Distance learning: Danebank is asking students to stay home from tomorrow. Picture: Facebook

Danebank Anglican School for Girls at Hurstville has asked its 950 students to stay home tomorrow while it prepares a distance learning pilot program to commence Thursday.

The school, which caters for Kindergarten to year 12, says it began planning the model "due to the rapid progression of coronavirus".

The distance learning plan will "ensure that quality teaching and learning will continue at a distance for all our girls and families".

"Our objective is to continue to provide excellent education to all our girls, whether in the short or long term," the school said.

Principal, Dr Emma Burgess, and teachers have been developing the distance learning plan to continue high-quality teaching, learning and care. .

The school said that in light of the NSW premier's call this morning that parents keep their children at home, Dr Burgess and the executive have asked students to stay home Tuesday and Wednesday while staff finalise their preparations for the online distance learning pilot program.

"Families who do not have an alternative, may use an on-campus care program provided by Danebank," the school said.

"All learning will be via distance learning mode, which means whether girls are at school or at home, they will be engaged in our distance learning plan."

"In line with the premier's call, our families are encouraged to keep their children at home and engage in the distance learning pilot from there, but if they have no other option and their daughter requires care, the campus will remain open to allow students to engage in the distance learning pilot from school," Dr Burgess said.

Catholic schools across St George and Sutherland Shire announced today they would follow the lead of NSW public schools and allow students to stay home at least until the end of this school term.

More to come.