Just five days was all it took for Nyngan High School teachers to flip the switch from face-to-face to online learning.
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Nyngan High School principal Benn Wright said he was "exceptionally proud" of his staff who adapted swiftly to the new online home learning model as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
"It was an excellent achievement and something I think they all should be very delighted to have accomplished such a feat," he said.
Mr Wright said staff are working more and more regularly offsite and 98 per cent of high school students were now working from home.
Teachers are using a range of technology to communicate with students and have also printed and delivered learning material to students.
"The engagement from our students has been fantastic, we are using a range of Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, email, phone calls and printed materials to cater for the needs of our students; and most students are engaging with their learning in a very meaningful manner," Mr Wright said.
"It has been a learning curve for everyone, but it is impressive how quickly people of taken to such a different mode of learning."
Mr Wright said student wellbeing was also paramount for staff and a team were on call to support students and their families.
"We have a very strong student wellbeing team which are calling students and families regularly to make sure everyone is receiving the support they need," he said.
"I ask that if anyone needs help with student needs or wellbeing at this time to contact the school, the staff miss the interactions with the students and just want to help and support them.
"The staff have been resilient and have come together exceptionally well to support each other to best meet the needs of all our students."
Late last month the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) confirmed that the 2020 exams would proceed, and Mr Wright said he has been impressed with the students "maturity" in what has been a challenging time.
The high school principal said his advice to parents would be to "do what you can do" and contact the high school when you aren't sure how to support your student.
"The staff will be in touch regularly, but as much as possible give the students a routine and structure in their day to create a new normal for the time being," he said.
"We are asking that students are available between 9am and 3pm to speak with and work with teachers, so use this time to let the teachers help with the continuity of learning.
"The big message is, we are one call or email away, let us know how we can help and we will put you in touch the right person."
Mr Wright would like to thank the community for their support and hard work.
"It shows the strength of a community when we can all come together and support each other at a time like this," he said.
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