COVID19 update 28.8.2020

Dear Parents/Caregivers

We are looking forward to welcoming all our students and staff back to school on Monday following the return to Alert Level 2. Our health and safety plan is in place as it has been under every alert level, and you can be assured we’ll continue doing everything we can to keep children safe. My thanks to all the staff who have been onsite during level 3 looking after the children of essential workers. 

At home, please continue with good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing when out and about and keeping your child home if they are sick.

Face coverings are another way we can help keep ourselves and others safe. The Prime Minister has announced that face coverings will be required on public transport from next Monday, at Alert Level 2 and above. This does not apply to any child who is under 12 years of age.

Public Health officials have advised that children under the age of 6 should not wear face coverings.

Children and young people do not need to wear face coverings at school. Other public health control measures are in place including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements. However if your child/ren does want to wear a face covering, that’s fine.

We are continuing contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances and asking all parents to drop off and pick up outside the school gate unless it is essential to enter the grounds. If you do take your child to class you must sign the contact register that will be placed outside every classroom. 

To prepare your child/ren for a return to school on Monday it is important to please discuss the following with them:

  • Good hygiene practices which includes everyone coughing into their elbows
  • Regular handwashing and drying
  • Sanitizing hands, all children will be required to sanitize on entry and exit to classrooms
  • Respecting others space and staying outside others  breath zone – not getting to close to each other
  • No games where they touch one another at break times. As part of the return to school we will be teaching some distance games children can play
  • No sharing of food
  • Please do not bring in any balls, toys etc from home 
  • Having their own named drink bottle - school fountains are closed
  • Drop off/Pick up routines outside the school gate

Unfortunately we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel our school wide production and this will now take place in 2021. A newsletter will be sent out next week outlining the focus for learning in classrooms now that there is no production as well as upcoming term 3 events and events that have been rescheduled. All inter school sports have been cancelled for the remainder of the term and our Fathers Day morning scheduled for next Friday will not be going ahead.

Next week we will also be sending home a survey regarding your experiences with distance learning. This will help inform our teaching and learning programmes if, in the future COVID-19 alert levels prevent a return to regular school attendance.

Once again thank you for your support and understanding. He waka eke noa -We are all in this together!

Kind Regards

Mark Keenan