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Wollongong cycling race road closures force students back to online learning

Thousands of Wollongong students face a week of online learning as roads close to cars for the UCI Road World Championships in September.

More than 300,000 spectators are expected to be in the city for the world class racing event from September 18 to 25.

It’s expected to be the biggest event ever held in Wollongong.

More than 1,000 cyclists from 70 nations will compete in 11 races over the eight days.

A note about the disruption to the end of term three caused by the closure of a number of roads in and around the CBD was sent to families of public school students on Tuesday night.

The Department of Education said seven public schools and two support units had been assessed as being inaccessible by the usual methods of travel to and from school during the event.

These schools are:

  • Keira High School
  • Mount Ousley Public School
  • Para Meadows School
  • Pleasant Heights Public School
  • Smith’s Hill High School
  • Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts
  • Wollongong Public School
  • Smith Street ED Unit
  • Flame Tree ED unit

Educational leadership director David Lamb said schools proved they could work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, he said schools wouldn’t be opened for parents or carers who could not support online learning, like they had been during the pandemic.

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