13 August 2020
The shift in alert levels announced by the Prime Minister on Wednesday night was the last thing any of us wanted to hear, but thank you for the calm and sensible way you have responded to this latest news.
It’s good to know we are prepared this time but there is information below to remind you about the important things to do under the different alert levels.
Changes to alert levels - Following the announcements about new Covid-19 cases being confirmed with no known source of transmission, Alert Level 3 in Auckland and Alert Level 2 for the remainder of New Zealand has been put in place since yesterday midday.
At Alert Level 2 it is safe for all students, children and staff to attend school. There will be appropriate precautions in place.
Children and staff who are at higher-risk of severe illness are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.
All visitors to the school must sign in at the office. Please refrain from going into the classrooms as a precaution.
We ask anyone who is presenting as unwell to go home, we may ask parents and caregivers to come and pick your child up.
Messaging about good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette is being reinforced.
Soap and water is in every classroom.
Staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. There does not need to be a specific measurement but where practicable and reasonable 1 metre can be used as a guide, particularly between adults.
In early learning there does not need to be a measurable physical distance between children/ tamariki or children/tamariki and staff. However adults should where practicable use 1 metre as a guide between themselves and other adults.
Physical distancing of 2 metres is recommended for parents and caregivers, from people they don’t know (to align with public health measures outside the school grounds).
We are supporting our community by displaying the QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App.
A diagram has been developed by Dr Siouxsie Wiles to assist you when considering symptoms (sent to us by a teacher who found it useful). What it tells us is:
A dry cough and a high temperature are common to both flu and COVID-19
Sneezing is not a symptom of COVID-19, however if someone has COVID-19, then sneezing can spread droplets containing the virus
11 April 2020
Wednesday 15 April we start distance learning. You would have seen coverage of the preparation for this in recent media clips/articles.
Our teachers have been working through the holidays to set up learning for your child for distance learning. We will be using Seesaw to share announcements and work with the students and parents.
Room 5 - Mrs Holden has set up Junior Space for Room 5 students learning. Caroline will be sharing work also through Seesaw.
Room 2 - Matua Con has set up work on Senior Space under the Room 2 button
Room 1 - Mrs Tanu has set up work on Senior Space and Seesaw.
Room 4 - Mrs Taylor has made contact with all her parents and will be sharing learning accordingly.
Check out the ANZAC 2020 Project Site in the Our Learning link above.
3 April 2020
Three new tip sheets for parents, caregivers and teachers:
There are a large range of supports in place that may be able to assist you including:
Information in languages other than English:
This is an unprecedented event, and will continue to challenge us all.
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.
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.