Kia ora koutou
Thank you for all of your messages of support that we have received about the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday. We really appreciate your support. The announcement has had implications for us as a school and we have been using this week as a time to adjust accordingly. I am very confident that any changes will continue to be positive for the tamariki of our school.
As mentioned in the announcement, schools are fundamentally closed unless you do not have an option for keeping your child at home as before. This is obviously our preferred approach, but for those who have no supervising adults at home and who cannot merge with another bubble, we will be open for tamariki of essential workers.
Please complete the link below by Friday 15th October 11.00am for week 1 Term 4 if it applies to you:
Bubble form: Level 3. Link for Te Huruhi School
- Ensuring we communicate with staff during their break, all staff are required to return a negative Covid test result prior to being on school grounds. This does add a new dimension when planning for any bubble classes for Monday 18th October. I have reached out to all staff that this is required as a way of keeping tamariki safe.
- From now on all staff; teachers, support and office, will be required to get a covid test prior to arriving on school grounds; once if already vaccinated and weekly if not until fully vaccinated.
- All staff are required to be fully vaccinated by January 1st 2022.
- All other people who work on-site will need weekly tests; this includes cleaners, volunteers, parent helpers, after school care, builders etc… for when they are present.
Distance Learning and Bubbles at school:
- Distance learning will be provided for all students who are off-site including those required to self-isolate and those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result.
- Distance learning will begin on Monday 18th October. We have taken the survey feedback into account and where we have been able to in the timeframe, we have made a few positive changes. Thanks for your feedback.
- There is no requirement for staff or children to wear masks at primary school and this is a choice that we will support.
- For tamariki who are on-site next week, school bubbles of no more than 10 children/students will need to be formed and they will keep a two-metre distance from other school bubbles if we have them.
- We are hoping we only need the bare minimum of staff on-site next week, as we need to continue to provide distance learning, as well as to enable testing of staff. Students in school will not be with their normal teacher and will be expected to complete their distance learning programme.
- In order for schools to open at Alert Level 3, we must meet a range of requirements as specified in the COVID-19 Public Health Response orders.
When your tamariki is attending:
- If a child or a staff member is sick, they must stay home.
- If they have COVID-like symptoms, call a doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested. If recommended to get tested, do so.
- If displaying symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate.
Public health measures continue to apply
- Physical distancing of one metre inside and two metres outside at Alert Level 3.
- Hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette.
- Doors will be open when and where possible
- Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces (daily at Alert Level 3).
- Please try and spare some time to dig out your child’s sun hat as that will be compulsory on return and it needs to be a wide brimmed or legionnaire style hat.
- As taps are closed off until level 1 your child will also need a water bottle.
And to conclude:
We would just like to acknowledge your ongoing support. These are exceptional times and we are all in this together as we want to get back to school as soon as we can to complete the year. We know you have all sacrificed a lot for the common good.
Our message is still the same; go easy on yourselves. Yes we would love all children to be learning but we are realistic with the challenges you all face. Please try your hardest, but most importantly look after yourselves. If you do have worries about your child returning to school please let us know so we can offer our support.
We miss our children a lot and we can’t wait to see them in a real setting.
Ngā mihi maioha