Dear Parents, Caregivers, and staff of Kaiapoi High School,
This will be my second to last update in lockdown isolation. I will continue to update our community as we travel through level two, which of course could be anything from two weeks to an extended period of time.
After hearing the Prime Minister yesterday I have been involved in two meetings, one with the Canterbury Secondary Principals Association Executive and one with our own Senior Leadership Team this morning. We have now decided on our plan moving forward, and this plan aligns with the beliefs of the Principals Executive and the recommendations we have given all school Principals in the Canterbury and West Coast areas. It is based on three key points:
1. We have been advised that schools are safe. It is safe for all students and staff to return to school in Alert Level 2. Schools are safe because hygiene habits will be strong and schools will put in place safe and sensible practices.
2. We will have in place processes that focus on minimising the risk that someone gets infected in the first place. This will mean staying at home if you are unwell and making sure that classrooms are protected with the use of hand sanitiser before entry.
3. We will ensure that we can identify and contact anyone who has been in contact with a person if there is cause for concern. There will be an absolute focus on track and tracing.
Based on these principles the following decision has been made:
School will open for all students and staff on Monday the 18th May.
We have decided not to implement our transition plan and instead follow the recommendations of our Principals Association.
As we believe schools are safe, then the best thing that we can do is open our school for our students to return. On Friday I will send to our parents our Health & Safety Plan. I am waiting until Friday so that our staff as a whole can share the plan, discuss it, and make any adjustments before I send the final documents to you all.
Some key points for your information:
• All staff and students can return, this includes those staff and students who were recommended not to attend under Level 3 due to age or medical conditions.
• School will be open from 8.30am.
• As of Monday 18th May online learning will finish. Staff will not be required to teach both in person and online. Some of our teachers may continue to use the platforms they have used over the last 7 weeks, but this will be integrated into their normal teaching and learning.
• We understand that some parents and caregivers will choose not to send their children to school. These students will need to connect with their teacher via google classroom. Resources could be provided, but online teaching will cease.
• As staff will be at school Thursday 14th and Friday 15th to prepare for start of school on Monday, there will be no expectation for the students to be online learning for these two days. They can have a break in Level 2 for two days. They deserve it, and so do our parents.
• We will continue to provide supervision for those students who have been attending under Level 3 for Thursday and Friday.
• Elizabeth will send out an email soon as to the buses. In short they will resume as usual.
As a school, we are immensely looking forward to seeing your children again in class. We chose this profession because we love young people, and whilst we have done our best within an online environment, we miss them.
Nga mihi nui