COVID 19 – ALERT LEVEL 2
14 May 2020
Kia ora parents/whanau
Hope you have been able to make the most of the time with your child/ren at home in your bubble. If you have been an essential worker thank you for the work you have done for all of us, hopefully things can become more normal for you.
Yesterday it was confirmed we are going to alert level 2. This means all our students will be able to return to school next Monday and classes will run as usual but under a new normal.
I understand as we move into alert level 2 that many parents may still have concerns around the safety of their children whilst at school. Some parents and their students may also be feeling anxious about falling behind their peers with the learning whilst we have been in alert level 4 and 3. To quote Chris Hipkins (Minister of Education),” For young students this time is but a blip in their education” journey. Our staff are very skilled in evaluating where children are at with their learning and moving it on from there. If you do have any concerns make sure you share them with your child’s teacher (by email or phone). I imagine many of our students have developed new skills with their online learning sessions.
I would like to reassure you the decision the Ministry has taken is based around sound advice. The health and safety of students and staff has been carefully considered and schools are required to implement (following the MOE guidelines) these key practices:
enabling good hygiene practices – regular washing and drying of hands and good cough and sneeze etiquette remain fundamental to preventing spread of illness such as colds, flu and COVID-19
ensuring people with COVID-19 symptoms stay away from school
maintaining physical distancing where practicable - in schools at Alert Level 2 this means children, young people, and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other (there is no minimum distance requirement for schools at Alert Level 2)
keeping track of people that enter school – through our attendance register and visitor register.
The message from the Ministry is that all schools will continue to operate under alert level 3 until the end of the week. This means only students registered for alert level 3 onsite support, can attend. Because bubbles are no longer required under alert level 2, parents of online learners will need to find a relative, friend or neighbour to look after their children for Thursday and Friday if they are required at work.
In line with the key practices we are asking parents if they can drop their child off at a school entrance and the child make their own way to their classroom. We do understand that this may be difficult for some of our younger students. If you need to take your child to the classroom you must follow the social distance rules. We ask parents to not enter classrooms while we embed alert level 2 practices.
At the end of the day we ask parents to wait outside the school following social distance rules and your child will come to you. Again we understand this may be difficult for some of our younger children so if you wait outside the classroom please follow social distancing rules.
If for any reason you need to drop off or pick your child up from school or drop something into school after 9.00am and before 3.00pm you will need to go to the office and register.
The Ministry also advises that if your child is unwell with cold or flu like symptoms they must be kept home from school until they are well enough to attend. If a child attends school and they show cold or flu-like symptoms parents will be requested to pick their child up and take them home.
If your child has a compromised immune system or respiratory problems you may keep them home. Online or home learning will continue for them. If your child will not be returning to school on Monday please ring the office so we can record their absence.
At school we will continue further hygiene practices we started before we went into lockdown alert level 4. Handwashing and hand sanitising will be to the fore. All students will be supervised in their hand washing as they enter or leave the classroom. We will not be allowing students to use drinking fountains and ask them to bring a drink bottle that can be refilled at school. At this stage online lunches are not available so students will need to bring their lunch. We will let you know when online lunches are available.
If your child has a school device to assist them with their online learning at home they will need to be returned with them on Monday to the office. Please make sure you return the device and charger in a bag (named).
Finally I know the last eight weeks may have put much stress out in our community. We are aware that some of you may be experiencing issues that this covid 19 pandemic has brought upon us. It is important to us as a school community that we want to do the best for all our students going forward. For a while school is not going to be exactly the same as it was. We will endeavour to make sure we continue to make it a happy and safe place for all our students to learn.
Enjoy the rest of the week with your child/ren and hopefully we can catch up next week.
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