Kia ora tatou
It’s Level 1 Tomorrow
I thank all of you who have read the many updates sent over the weeks and played your part. I am delighted that we can (from midnight tonight) move to Alert Level 1.
The focus is now on border management; schools can return to normal. Alert Level 1 is very much business as usual and good hygiene practices and people who are unwell staying away remain a priority.
There will be school assemblies, trips, school lunch orders etc..the usual variety of school activities. It will take time for all activities to resume. Interschool Sport and the Garden to Table programme, as examples, are likely to wait until next term.
If you are supervising your children, they are welcome to play on the grounds and on the playgrounds from 3.00 until 3.30 pm. A bell will sound at 3.15 pm to indicate that it is soon time to leave school. The school is again open for supervised play on the weekends.
Bruce Warren, Principal
More detail below (for those who want it)
From what we know now, we believe the following are the key changes for schools at Alert Level 1:
- there are no specific public health requirements.
- there are no restrictions on personal movement at so all students, children and staff continue to be safe to go to school / early learning, and all students must attend school.
- we are no longer required to keep a contact tracing register but will continue with the usual practice of having 9 am and 2.55 pm visitors check-in and out at reception.
- physical distancing is not a requirement but is encouraged when around people you don’t know.
- there are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings or on physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events.
There are key public health measures (Golden Rules) for everyone in New Zealand to follow. For schools and early learning services this means:
- If people are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms).
- Continue to regularly wash and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbows.
- Soap, water and the ability to dry hands should be provided in bathrooms.
- Regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
- Support contact tracing efforts by displaying QR Code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App. We have the QR Code on display in reception.
- Stringent self-isolation of those who display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or have been overseas in the last 14 days – Ministry of Health information for self-isolation.
At all levels, upon advice from the local medical officer of health, any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.