You’ll 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 Tāmaki Makaurau | 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 this week. The expectation is, that with the exception of some students who are sick, all students will be attending school at Alert Level 2. In order to get a clear picture of who will/will not be attending I will send out a short google survey for you to complete.
Level 2 is not “business as usual” and as such there are some health and hygiene practices that we need to implement across the community.
To ensure that we have the time to spend with students to go over these practices and to transition students effectively back into the school environment, the BOT have supported a staggered start over Thursday and Friday of this week.
Wednesday 8 September -Teacher Only Day
There will be no Live Time. Students continue working on their online learning. This will allow staff to prepare for student return on Thursday.
Thursday 9 September - Yr 9 and 10 students return to site
8.45 - 9.45am students in Ako classes
9.45 - 3.20pm - Regular timetabled classes
Friday 10 September - Yr 11-13 students return to site
8.45 - 9.35am students in Ako
9.35-3.20pm - Regular timetabled classes
Any Year 9 and 10 students who cannot be supervised at home can be supervised on site, and should report to the Library.
Monday 13 September
8.45am - 3.20pm - Regular timetabled classes
Ako sessions will be focusing on transitioning back into the school environment, the health and safety practices required under Level 2, connecting with one another and identifying what each student needs to do to consolidate their learning from lockdown.
Regular timetabled classes will allow students to continue with consolidating online learning whilst having 1:1 time with teachers to identify a learning plan for each student to be ready to progress. There will be no new learning this week.
Health & Safety and What to Bring to School
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).
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.
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.
There are some key messages and practices to share with you to ensure the safety of students, staff, parents and visitors as we move out of our bubbles, and into a more communal school environment
We are now experiencing another time of transition and change which can be unsettling for families and young people. It is perfectly normal to feel uncertain as we move out of our bubbles and back into school.
Here are some things to consider when supporting your child to return to school:
There are many resources available. Here are a couple that you may find useful:
Tips for Transitioning Students Back to School
Mental Health Foundation - wellbeing for parents and whānau
Please remember that students are still able to access counselling through our Hauora team.
Thank you for all the support you have given us through these unusual circumstances. I am really looking forward to connecting with students and their whānau face to face in the very near future. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if there is something you need assistance with.
Ngā mihi nui