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Alert Level 1 – Our New Normal?

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We made it! Welcome to Alert Level 1, our new norm!

Thank you for your ongoing support and for following the school procedures during COVID-19 Alert Level 2 and 3.  Our tamariki and community have been outstanding during these difficult times.

Once again we would like to welcome all whanau back to our school grounds at the beginning and end of the school day – both sites, new and old, will be open until the end of this term. Because we are operating both sites, with an increased number of gates, we will continue to lock the gates during the school day apart from the new office gates. During Alert Level 2 we discovered that the locked gates have reduced our number of gate related health and safety concerns.

The gates from the High School to Te Huruhi will remain locked in preparation for the next 3 months of ‘old’ school demolition.

We will continue with the cleaning routines that we have been established to maintain a healthy and well-presented learning environment.  The teachers will encourage and promote good hygiene practices but it will no longer be compulsory to sanitise your hands before entering or exiting every building. Sanitiser will continue to be available in the mounted dispensers on the outside of the old buildings.  In the new school the teachers will have sanitiser available in the Akoranga spaces.

It is no longer a requirement for parents to use our School App or fill in our contact tracing register but to support you with your contact tracing  we will display the Ministry of Health QR code posters at our entrances. If you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that.

Once again, thank you for your support and we look forward to the new norm and settling into the new school.

The following information is from https://covid19.govt.nz/latest-updates/alert-level-1-measures/.

Alert Level 1 sees everyone being able to return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.

Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand, including health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14-day managed quarantine or isolation.

It’s also important that we maintain the basic hygiene measures that worked so well through higher Alert Levels. These include washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow. Remember to remain vigilant. Being aware of physical distancing when out and about amongst strangers is a good habit to keep.

We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required. Businesses should assist customers to keep track of where they’ve been by displaying the Ministry of Health QR code.

This will be our new normal but, while we do return to pre-COVID life, we must remember we remain in a global pandemic.

The Golden Rules for everyone at Alert Level 1

  1. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  6. If you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  7. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  8. Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  9. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.

People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself