Thursday 28th October
In this newsletter, I am writing to you following the Government’s announcement. Plans are underway to support the return to onsite learning for our schools who are in Alert Level 3 areas and to do this in a way that is as safe as possible. We hope the news yesterday provided you with a little optimism for a return to school later this term. It would be lovely if this does happen as we miss our tamariki.
The restrictions of Alert Level 3 and 4 have been a real challenge to the wellbeing of our tamariki and whānau and we have heard from many of you that your tamariki are keen to see their friends and teachers kanohi ki te kanohi.
You can be reassured that any decisions about bringing more children and staff on-site will be done in accordance with strict public health guidance. So what on-site learning will look like will be different than Alert Level 2 or Alert Level 1 settings. For example, this might mean attending school two days a week and learning from home for the other three.
The earliest a return to school will happen is 15th November and we will provide more information about this closer to the time. There is a lot of planning that needs to happen beforehand and we have not received all of the guidelines for this yet.
In the meantime, vaccination and testing remains the best thing we can do to keep whānau and our community as safe as possible. COVID-19 is finding those who are unvaccinated in this outbreak.
We need to look after our most vulnerable people, and it is great to see our community vaccination rates continue to rise. There are also now three million New Zealanders fully vaccinated – which is fantastic news!
Please do encourage your friends and whānau who might be worried about the vaccine to seek good information from health practitioners, so they can make a well-informed decision.
Link to Week 3 Bubble Classes at school Monday 1st November- Friday 5th.
As we are in the same situation for next week, we are asking parents without any child supervision at home to complete the form between Thursday 28th and Friday 29th October. If you are working from home, your tamariki should stay with you.
This survey will ensure we have the right number of staff at school next week, including covid testing completed by relevant staff within the timeframe.
Please remember we are still following the strict bubble rules and that if your child attends, distance learning will continue and your tamariki will be with a teacher who is not their usual one. All children sit in their own bubbles in a classroom and are not allowed to interact with each other physically.
Year 6’s planning to enrol at Waiheke High School in 2022.
Waiheke High School would be very grateful if you could complete the enrolment forms and return to the Waiheke High School as soon as possible. This is crucial when planning classes for next year. The earlier they receive the enrolment forms, the earlier they will know numbers.
Unfortunately, because of the current Covid restrictions, transition activities have had to be reassessed for this year.
Enrolment forms can be downloaded from their website at http://waihekehigh.school.nz/apply-now/ or you can collect a hard copy from a desk just inside the High School front office. Completed forms can also be left at the high school, or alternatively in the school letter box on Donald Bruce Road.