We are very excited to be able to welcome the majority of our students (95%) back to school this Monday 18th May. Please be assured the Health and Safety and well-being of our students is the priority as we reopen our school.
We have attached a very important document that we request you to read, as it clearly explains all the questions that you may have about school, including what pick up and drop off times will look like. Please be assured that the Ministry of Education and Government has given schools very clear guidance about how schools will operate in Alert Level 2. There are three key areas to focus on:
- Maintain physical distancing as much as we can.
- Ensure good hygiene practices- sneeze into the elbow, wash hands, and wipe surfaces often.
- Have a register in place for any additional people on site e.g. parents, contractors, and volunteers for contact tracing.
What Parents/Caregivers Can do to Help
- Consider dropping your child/ren at one of our three gates. Any parent who brings their child/ren onto the school grounds will need to register via the School App and show confirmation of this or give your contact details to staff who will be at the entrances. We must do this as it is a requirement from the government.
- If you do wish to come into school, consider only one parent/caregiver coming each day.
- Do not congregate at the gate or on the school grounds.
- Families are to leave the school grounds by 3.15pm each day.
- Do not send child/ren to school if they are sick.
- Please inform us via email, website, or school app if your child will not be coming to school.
- We encourage parents to walk to school with their children – be prepared to park and walk.
- Please respect our neighbours property and do not park over their driveways.
- Make sure we have your correct contact details on file.
- The gates will be closed and locked at 9.05am, please be at school on time.
- The gates will be unlocked at 2.55pm at the end of the day.
Help Your Child ‘Get Back to School Fit’
- Reassure them that school is a safe place for everyone.
- If they haven’t been keeping ‘school hours’ while in lockdown, start having earlier bedtimes.
- Remind them of social distancing rules.
- Remind them of the hygiene practices-sneeze cough into elbow, wash/sanitise hands often.
We have given over 150 families Chromebooks or Ipads to support Home Learning, we urgently need these back on Monday morning.
Please ensure that:
- The device is returned in the box you were given.
- The box is named with the child’s first name, last name, and room number.
- The device and charger are in the box.
Returned devices will be collected from classrooms.
For the 5% of students who have indicated that they will not be returning to school on Monday, please be advised that:
- The MoE are strongly recommending that all students return to school unless they are
self-isolating, have compromised health conditions, or someone in their home is compromised.
Schools and early learning services are safe environments for children, young people and staff.
Additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to
support contact tracing.
- Home Learning will be very different from what your child has experienced over the last 5 weeks
due to all staff being back at school.
- Activities will be provided, however, there will be no chance for zoom meetings, feedback,
responding to emails during the school day as teachers resume full-time face to face teaching.
- Each team will decide how they organise Home Learning. It may be that it is not the classroom
teacher supporting aspects of this learning. You will receive more information over the weekend.
- When your child returns to school we request that you contact the school office and inform us of this
If you have any questions about our Health and Safety plans please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or myself.
Ngā mihi nui,
Zane Wilson – Principal