Cowra schools encouraging students to stay home amid coronavirus concerns

Following an announcement from NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian on Monday, Cowra's schools have encouraged their students to remain at home from Tuesday.

While schools will remain open for children whose parents are working in essential services, the remainder of students will take part in learning from home.

In a letter sent home to parents on Monday, Cowra Public School Principal Jenny Lewis said the school will remain "open and operational" for the remainder of Term 1.

"However, the advice given today from the Premier and the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, Mark Scott, is that students remain at home unless they are children of parents working in essential services," she said.

"To support our students learning at home, the staff will be finalising "At Home Learning Packs" for all students this afternoon.

"These will be available to be picked up from the school office on Tuesday morning from 9am.

"Students who must attend school will participate in the same learning activities as those learning from home.

"For parents who collect work packs for their children tomorrow, these can be returned to school on Monday, March 30 and another 'At Home Learning Pack' will be ready to be collected at 9am."

The letter also noted that the school canteen will be closed until further notice, however buses will run as normal.

In an email to parents, Cowra High School Principal Helene Hamilton said while the school will also remain "open and operational", there will be minimal supervision provided for the students.

"Unfortunately all state schools have been directed to cease face to face teaching at this time," she wrote.

"Our staff are currently working through online lesson content and I will provide you with an update over the coming days about accessing work from home, should you require this.

"At present, we are working on developing a set of generic teaching and learning resources for those families who do no have access to digital technology or wifi at home."

Cowra High School's canteen will also be closed and assessments that have been already handed out and due before the end of term should be emailed to the class teacher by 9am on the due date.

On their Facebook page, Mulyan Public School said parents will be informed via the Mulyan Public School App while, at the time of writing, there were no updates from St Raphael's.