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NSW PREMIER ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO KEEP KIDS AWAY FROM SCHOOL IF POSSIBLE - NSW PREPARES TO MOVE TO ONLINE LEARNING - HOWEVER SCHOOLS REMAIN OPEN FOR PARENTS WITH NO OPTION

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says keep your kids home if you can, but government schools will be open for parents who can't make other arrangements. There will be a move to online learning. 

At a press conference this morning the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said while Far South Coast government schools, and schools across the the state, remain open, "for practical reasons in NSW we will be encouraging parents to keep their children at home."

The Premier stressed however that schools would be open for parents who could not manage to keep their children away from school because of their circumstances. 

There are now 669 cases of Covid-19 in NSW. 

The Premier says last week up to 30 per cent of parents chose to keep their children at home.

NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said schools will move to an online learning model.

Last week some private schools in the region moved to online learning, and over the weekend a student at Lyneham High in the ACT was confirmed positive for Covid-19, 

The ACT is moving to online learning and Victoria has brought forward the Easter holidays for schools.

The NSW school term ends on Thursday April 9, the day before Good Friday.