3 April 2020
Three new tip sheets for parents, caregivers and teachers:
- Tips for teachers, parents and caregivers – supporting toddlers
- Tips for teachers, parents and caregivers – supporting children
- Tips for teachers, parents and caregivers – supporting young people
There are a large range of supports in place that may be able to assist you including:
- Mental wellbeing
- Supporting children and young people at home
- Manging self-isolation
- Care options for children of essential workers
- Financial support for employers and employees
- Staying safe online
- Preventing harm from bullying
- Family harm
- Responding to discrimination – through the Human Rights Commission
- Accessing healthcare
- For people vulnerable to COVID-19
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.
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