What you need to know about school starting Monday 18 May.
Kia ora koutou
We are excited about welcoming all students back this coming Monday 18 May. I would imagine this excitement will be shared by our tamariki and wider whanau.
The school will be following the key controls laid out by the Ministry of Health;
The key controls for schools and all workplaces are:
ensure people with COVID-19 symptoms or feel generally unwell stay away from school
maintain physical distancing (in schools this means children, young people, and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other)
enable good hygiene practices
keep track of people that enter your school
As you would expect, there are some changes in the way we manage our school day.
1. If your child is unwell they should stay at home. If your child is unwell at school we will contact you to collect them. Likewise, if you believe your child has health needs that still make school unsafe, please contact us to discuss how we can support you.
2. Hand washing and/or sanitising is very important and all classes have facilities to do this. Children are welcome to bring their own personal sanitiser if they wish.
3. We recommend students bring a full water bottle to school each day as access to water foundations will be closed.
4. Lunch orders: There will be NO lunch orders (week starting 18 May). We are currently checking with lunch providers as to their ability to provide contactless delivery.
5. Social distancing in class can be challenging. Students should not be in the same “breath area” as others or deliberately touch others. We will avoid any large groupings. In the meantime, this means no assemblies or larger gatherings.
6. Students will be pleased to know that play, PE and fitness are all permitted.
7. We will be hoping to limit the number of adults on site. For contact tracing purposes the school is required to keep a register of visitors to the school. To minimise the number of adults on the school grounds, we recommend children are dropped off at the school gates. I appreciate that for our younger pupils walking back into the school grounds unaccompanied will be challenging for the first few days. If you need to enter the classroom before school with your young one you must ensure that you give your name to the classroom teacher (please adhere to social distancing guidelines). If you must visit the school between 9 and 3 please ensure you report to the school office first.
It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.
For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19 website: https://covid19.govt.nz/
We will be in touch again later in the week to update you with our plans.