Communication is key when students and teachers can't interact face to face.
That is certainly the case now as the state lockdown continues to take place.
Bowral High School has been doing everything possible to give its staff and students the best learning experience possible during these times.
School principal Jason Conroy said he made sure there was plenty of communication between the teachers and the students and parents.
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"We've been doing most of our communication through newsletters and Google Classroom," Mr Conroy said.
"We've also got a central profiling system at school, which is virtually our parent and student portal.
"We try and keep in fairly close contact with our parents and carers to ensure that they're all doing well.
"Parents can still contact us as we've given them our school contact number, email and they also have the ability to contact us through the parent portal."
The good thing about students learning from home this time around is that it happened before and the school is able to learn from the past.
"One of the things we learned is how to schedule the work," Mr Conroy said.
"Teachers have never trained to be distance education teachers, but that primarily is the way we're operating at the moment.
"Having last year as a guide, we're not giving students a mountain of work, but also not giving them a lack of work.
"I think we found a balance this year.
"We also learned that well being is really important, so we worked hard to look at some of the support we could offer kids."
With students not having to attend school from the normal hours of 9am to 3.20pm during this time, teaching has become more difficult.
"For the teachers, it's definitely more intensified working from home, as students work from a different timetable at times," he said.
"Some students are sending messages to teachers at 8pm or 9pm because that's when they like to work."
As for the principal, the main difference he is finding is that there is less face to face contact with his students, staff and community.
"When I work from home, I'm still heavily in contact with parents when I need to and encourage and motivate the students," he said.
"I also put certain things on Facebook to give the community an understanding of what might be coming and things that might be changing around our level of restriction."
At this stage, students are on track for a staggered return to school from October 25 at the latest.
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