LOCKDOWN UPDATE – MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL & BOARD CHAIR 07.09.2021
Kia ora parents and caregivers,
You will be aware that all of New Zealand (with the exception of Auckland) is moving to Alert Level 2 from midnight tonight. Our thoughts and positive wishes are with everyone in Auckland.
Extensive wastewater testing and the numbers of people getting tested across the country has given the Government confidence that it is safe to allow a shift down to Alert Level 2 across most of New Zealand.
We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back onsite on Thursday morning for our usual start at 9am. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will be continuing to support the students who have been onsite at Alert Level 3 while we prepare for re-opening to all on Thursday.
At Alert Level 2 there is low risk of community transmission and it provides us with a lot more opportunities to engage and connect with others. However, there are still a number of public health requirements we all need to follow. Please do continue to monitor your health and do not send your children to school if they are not well (and please seek advice about getting a COVID test). Please let the school know if this is the case and the outcome of the testing.
For us, all the required safety precautions for Alert Level 2 will be in place, which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cough and sneeze into their elbow.
While physical distancing is not a requirement in schools, we will be doing our best to keep students from congregating in very large numbers and keeping spaces well-ventilated. We have also decided to hold off on any assemblies and larger gatherings until we return to Level 1. Sports and cultural events will begin again, but there will not be any performances as we will be limiting access to school for anyone outside our school bubble, including parents, until we shift to Level 1.
Face coverings are not required to be worn in school. The Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school – just as older children are required to wear face coverings in some other places. The decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected. We would like to ask that you make sure that face coverings are appropriate, for example bandannas are not appropriate. Face masks are not required on school buses (they are on public buses), however we are recommending that our students do wear a mask on the bus.
Once school starts on Thursday, we will be shutting down all online learning and going back to in class learning. As I have already stated earlier, our staff will not be offering both learning styles simultaneously.
And finally, please do not ask if our staff or certain teachers have been vaccinated or not. Currently there is no requirement to be vaccinated and people’s choice in our sector is their own.
If you are not sure what all the rules are for Alert Level 2 when you are out and about, then the following information may be useful to you:
Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or tutor teacher if there is something you need assistance with.
Bruce Kearney, Principal
Phil Kerrigan, Board Chairperson
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