Kia ora koutou
We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme has been a success for you so far. We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with but we have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you for all your support.
Yesterday the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28th April. That means we will be open to receive students in years 7 - 10 from the 29th April. We will start to prepare our site from tomorrow.
The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home. If your child is sick please also ensure you keep them at home.
In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures.
I want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home.
IMPORTANT: Year 7 – 10 students
In this link here is a form that gives us the information on whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person. It is vitally important that you complete this as soon as possible so we can plan for those students who are coming to school. This will close at 5pm on Thursday. If we have not received anything from you, our Admin team will be calling early Friday morning.
Should your child be attending school, there are some conditions of return to meet both the safety and health of the school staff and others. These are below:
• School will start at 8.40am and finish at 3pm [our normal school hours]
• Students are to enter school through the gate beside the main entrance.
• No parents are to enter the school grounds.
• Everyone entering the school grounds will have their names recorded for contact tracing purposes
• If a student becomes unwell at school, they will need to be collected ASAP
• Students are to wear school uniform which can be either the summer or winter uniform.
• The students will be continuing their virtual learning at school as they have been at home over the last few weeks. They will be in a classroom bubble of 10 students supervised by a variety of teachers.
• Further detailed information will be shared with the parents who are sending students to school later this week.
The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with the Ministry of Health to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. As you will be doing, we want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible.
For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning through our Virtual School while we progress our planning for what Alert Level 3 will mean for you and for our school. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with your teachers with any questions you might have.
Please take some time to view this video clip, it outlines our virtual school processes for all students taking effect from Wednesday the 15th of April.
We recommend you watch this along with your son/daughter so that you all have a shared understanding of the expectations of virtual school.