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The Pending Move to Alert Level 3

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Kia ora koutou katoa,

 

To begin with I would like to thank you all for your continued support during this lockdown.  We appreciate how hard things have been and the positive ways you have rallied to support one another.  Keeping your own livelihoods going, looking after each other and providing wellbeing breaks for yourself  is incredibly hard to balance. 

 

The quick move to Alert Level 4 and an amazing response to follow the rules at Alert level 4, has given Government confidence that we might move to Alert Level 3 on Wednesday next week. Until then, we remain at Alert Level 4.

 

All going well, the school  will be able to open on Wednesday 22nd September for the small number of children who NEED to be supervised.  Students who have a parent or caregiver at home (this includes those working from home) should be at home. If there is someone in your extended bubble who could look after your children, this should be your first option.  Our priority is the health and safety of our students and staff. The lower the number of students we have, the safer everyone will be. 

 

For those of you with no other option after consulting the flow chart above, a google form will be sent home on Sunday evening to help us plan accordingly for bubble teachers.   

 

As you imagine, it will not be school as we know it under Alert Level 2 or 1. We have been instructed to follow the strict health and safety precautions for Alert Level 3.

 

This means:

 

  • Keeping a teacher and class “bubble”to no more than 10 students. These bubbles will not mix with other bubbles and students will be following the distance learning programme set by their usual classroom teacher/s.  
  • Students and teachers have to maintain a distance of one metre in the classroom and two metres in the playground.  They are to sit in the same place during the day and may not share any equipment or devices. 
  • We will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes.

 

Our contact tracing systems will be in place, which includes our attendance register and visitor register, and we will be limiting staff onsite with the majority of our team working from home.

 

You can also assist everyone’s safety by keeping your child at home if they are feeling unwell and please do contact your GP or Healthline, to seek advice about getting tested. 

 

We will continue to support all children who remain learning from home, through our distance learning programme.  The fewer bubbles we require at school enables our staff to thoroughly continue to support your child from home.   

 

Bubbles have previously been up to 20 but this time they are no bigger than 10.  As you can imagine this does put a lot of pressure to balance what we can do at school alongside our distance learning programmes. If a staff member is in school teaching, they will not be able to teach their normal class in the online programme.

 

We should be proud of how we have responded to this outbreak, but the mahi isn’t yet done. As you have been doing, please continue to follow all the alert level requirements at Alert Level 4 and stay at home. It is the best tool we have to keep our whānau and community safe.

 

Ngā mihi,

Phil Wainwright