Kia ora e te whānau,
We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme has been a success for you so far. We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with but we have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you for all your support.
Today the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April. That means we will be open to receive students from the 29 April. We will start to prepare our site from tomorrow.
Here is a summary of what our Prime Minister shared at today’s press conference:
“Schools and early learning centres can be accessed this week for cleaning, maintenance and any other preparations. The current plan is for schools to be able to re-open for a Teacher Only Day on 28 April as part of their preparation, and we expect those who need to attend, to be able to from 29 April. It may take a bit longer for some schools and early learning centres to be ready.”
“So here’s a reminder of the principles for Level 3 when we get there.
- Stay home. If you are not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials, then you must be at home, the same as at Level 4.
- Work and learn from home if you can. We still want the vast majority of people working from home, and children and young people learning from home. At-risk students and staff should also stay at home, and they will be supported to do so. Early learning centres and schools will physically be open for up to Year 10 for families that need them.”
The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home. If your child is sick please also ensure you keep them at home. I want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home.
In order to ensure the safety of those tamariki and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures.
The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with health to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. As you will be doing, we want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible.
For our school distance learning will continue throughout Alert Level 3 for all of our tamariki, including any tamariki that need to be at school.
To help us plan for Alert level 3 we first need to know how many tamariki will be coming to school during Alert Level 3 please complete the below survey. We need 100% completion of this survey and ask that you complete this by Wednesday 22nd of April.
Ngā mihi nui,