Tēnā koutou katoa, As-sālamu ‘alaykum, Kia orana, Talofa lava,
Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo e lelei, Talofa ni and warm greetings
It is great news that we are moving to Alert Level 2 and that schools are going to be able to return on Monday 18 May. Thank you for everything you have done to help keep us all safe and look after your children and their education through this time.
The Prime Minister has advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for us all and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing. Our key health issues on our return are to:
- minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place
- ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in school becomes infected
- know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe
- if parents come on site, you need to just go to the office and sign in, even if you are just dropping something off. If possible please just phone with any questions
- students to bring their own food or buy individually packaged food from the canteen - no food to be shared
- continue physical distancing as a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease
- continue good hygiene practices and regular cleaning
- coughing into our elbows
- handwashing and drying
- regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces
- stay at home if you are sick and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.
Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid's not measles or chickenpox, it doesn't hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don't have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their 'moist breath' zone”. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2!
It is important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/
If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact me.
If you don’t get in touch, we will expect to see all students at school at 9am next Monday for a welcome back, in full school uniform and ready to learn. The canteen will be open. If a student was sent a device by the Ministry of Education, we will email you about when this will be returned to school.
This Thursday and Friday there will be no online timetable for students as teachers are meeting at school to organise our return next week. Students should use the time to complete work they have been set and some extension activities will be posted online for those who are up to date. We will be contacting you soon with a plan to support senior students to succeed in NCEA this year.
We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday!
Ngā mihi mahana,
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