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on the Week 8 Newsletter.
3 April 2020
Three new tip sheets for parents, caregivers and teachers:
Welcome to St Joseph's School
23 March 2020
The Prime Minister has today announced we are moving to Level 3 for the next 48 hours and then from Thursday 26 March we move to Level 4 in the COVID-19 Alert Level structure for a further period of 4 weeks where people are instructed to stay at home.
For Tuesday and Wednesday, the expectations are that teachers will come to work to teach the children of essential workers, including children of teachers, and to prepare online work.
We will not be able to access the school site from midnight Wednesday and will work from home. We will be open for Tuesday and Wednesday this week for children of essential workers. We had two teachers out today so it will be a skeleton staff at school.
All other children we are asking to stay home. We will provide you with learning opportunities there to the greatest extent practicable. This could be either as a pack of materials, or online learning through the many platforms we use at school such as Seesaw and our School/class websites.
The Ministry will be working over the next few weeks to provide support for distance learning.
School holidays brought forward
School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week period. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools).
At the end of the school holidays, schools will be open for distance learning but not physically open for staff to work at the schools.
Please note the instruction to stay home (Alert Level 4) will continue beyond the new school holiday period but schools will be technically open for distance instruction. Teachers will be working offsite.
Newsletter sent out today to all parents and caregivers
As you are aware of the current Covid-19 situation we will be closing the school today. There will be no school tomorrow until further notice. We will put information on the website regarding when we start up again.
Today we have been preparing home learning for our students so they are equipped to learn at home. Room 1 will have all their learning online. Room 2 will have a mix of both. Learning for the seniors rooms will be available on Senior Space. Rooms 4 & 5 have learning packs that have been made up.
Fortunately, our children in the senior classes have been accessing learning online so this should be a seamless transition. Teachers will be available online if you have any questions, please email them. Also, check the school website out daily as we will be updating this with learning and information regularly.
It is essential your child signs in for learning to their school google account and have Hapara Highlights on so we can see their learning and screens. Please check your child does these two things. Teachers will also be using Seesaw to check work and set work. Click on the links down the bottom for Senior and Junior Space. If you are not set up Seesaw, please email your child's teacher and they will assist you. Click on the staff page to access their email addresses.
If your child was not at school today, we have the packs waiting for them at the school office. I will be at school tomorrow so please pop in and collect your child’s learning pack.
You will appreciate the importance of giving children factual, age-appropriate information about COVID-19 so that they can feel informed and in control. The guidance will support parents to have those conversations – Talking to children about coronavirus
You may also have seen two very useful videos you could share with your parent community to help both parents and children better understand the virus:
- Nanogirl video clip with a great explanation for kids about coronavirus
- Watch the Prime Minister talk about coronavirus with Dr Michelle Dickinson and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Juliet Gerrard,
For our school, our pandemic plan is also ready to be implemented if needed. In the mean time we will continue to focus on good hygiene practices. Hand washing and good cough etiquette are very important tools in preventing the spread of illness including colds, flu and COVID-19.
One other action we can all take is to be vigilant about our own health and the health of our children. I will be encouraging my staff to stay away from school if they are showing signs of illness such as coughs and colds. I ask that you please do the same with your children. Colds and flus are common in schools and by staying away, seeking medical attention and practicing good hygiene, we can all keep any spread of illness to a minimum.