Kia ora tatou
We will be ready on Monday morning to welcome our kids back. There will be great excitement! If however, your child is anxious, it is not too late to email the classroom teacher.
The plan for re-opening was shared yesterday and is included again in this email in case you missed it.
A few relevant points from the plan for you to understand for Monday:
At Pick up and Drop Off/Visitors
- Under Alert Level 2 parents and caregivers are asked not to linger on site. We wish to encourage a drop off and pick up only approach to restrict the number of ‘adults on-site’. Where possible there should be one person designated for pick up and drop off.
- We ask parents not to enter classrooms unless you have a specific need. A contact tracing register will be required if you do enter a room. A kiss and wave at the school gate is best or a goodbye hug outside the classroom. (Parents who have children on their first day at our school and parents who have emailed the classroom teacher about their child’s anxiety are exceptions.)
- During the school day 9am -3pm authorised visitors only. Visitors must use the Vistab tablet in the office to sign in and sign out.
- The office is open although parents are asked to order uniforms online, phone or email and postpone visits until Level 1 if possible.
- The adventure playgrounds are closed before school and after school. (open for kids during the school day)
- Skids is open for before and after school care. Check its website) No parents or children to enter the grounds until the 8.30am bell (except for children registered for Skids on the day)
- Children will use chairbags (which will be supplied if your child does not already have one) or tote trays at Year 5-6 for their stationery and water bottle. They will use their own stationery.
- Face masks are not recommended by the Ministry of Health but staff and students are welcome to wear them.
- Drinking fountains will be turned off. Students will need a named drink bottle at school.
- Students and staff are not to attend if unwell. Students who become unwell during the school day will be sent home immediately. Parents are asked to arrange for someone else to collect if they are not working closeby.
If you have questions you should find the answers in our School Reopening Plan for Alert Level 2
The plan should give you confidence that we have the necessary measures in place.
- proceed to Alert level 2 with caution. We have chosen to continue to limit non-essential curriculum activity both in and outside of school. Although some activities such as school assemblies and school trips are now permitted at level 2, we will postpone activities like these until we are confident our protocols are working and that nationally we are progressing as expected. To this end, we will review the situation after two weeks and opt to reinstate assemblies and trips etc if it is safe to do so;
- comply with up to date advice from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health; and
- continue the best practice strategies such as hand washing, cough/sneeze etiquette, doors hooked back, sick stay away, physical distancing where possible, tracking people, surface cleaning etc
If you have borrowed a school device please send it with your child on Monday. Ensure that both parts of the power cable/charger are with it.
Advice for parents and whānau about preparing for Alert Level 2
The Ministry of Education has updated information on our website for parents and whānau to help them prepare for Alert Level 2. This includes:
- Videos parents may want to watch with their children
- A ‘checklist’ for preparing for the return to on-site learning
- Translated versions of the information in te reo Māori and 10 Pacific languages (Note: we will be adding other language versions in the coming days).
Enjoy the weekend and we’ll welcome you all back from 8.30am Monday! Can’t wait!
Bruce Warren, Principal