Cessnock East Public School offers drive-through home reading service during coronavirus crisis

INITIATIVE: Cessnock East Public School student learning support officer Natalie Galvin and relieving assistant principal Alisha Smith at the book drop-off bay on Friday.

INITIATIVE: Cessnock East Public School student learning support officer Natalie Galvin and relieving assistant principal Alisha Smith at the book drop-off bay on Friday.

Cessnock East Public School is offering a drive-through home reading service to help students who are being schooled at home during the coronavirus crisis.

While students are still welcome at all NSW public schools, the majority of Cessnock East students have been staying at home this week.

Teachers were discussing ways they could engage with students during this time when the idea of a drive-through service was brought up.

Run by relieving assistant principal Alisha Smith, the service operates from 9.30am to 10am Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Parents can pull up to the drop-off bay at the front of their school and exchange their child's books through the passenger window.

Ms Smith said it was important for the students to keep reading each and every day.

"We've got to keep them reading and support our families as best we can," she said.

"We've even had a couple of students cycle up and swap their books while getting some fresh air."

Ms Smith said some teachers have been using online platforms to communicate and share lessons with students, and some parents have been recording their children and sharing the videos with teachers and the students who are still at school.

Meanwhile, Cessnock City Library has moved it ever-popular Storytime sessions online, with regular "Song and Story" videos from the library's children's and young adult officer Sandy Ryan being uploaded to its Facebook page (see the post below).

Cessnock and Kurri Kurri libraries closed their doors on Tuesday, after ceasing all programs and events the week prior.

The library's e-Branch is available at any time with access to a range of digital media, a service that may prove invaluable as State and Federal Governments call for people to stay at home.