School update re Covid-19

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Kia ora koutou,
 
With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.
  • As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform me about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you
 
  • If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.
 
  • If our school does need to close temporarily, we will have a plan in place to support student’s learning.
 
We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here. 
I understand that a few parents who have been in a position to, have chosen to socially distance their children from school already. Thank you for communicating this absence to the school. As our school has not closed formally no real time “online learning” is available until that time. Teachers are not expected to send home readers, worksheets or the like. At this time they are focussed on maintaining their normal classroom programmes. We are however creating a home learning page filled with links, ideas and advice which will ‘go live’ on Monday. 
 
Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practicing good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness. Please remember, keep your child at home if they are unwell.
 
We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community.   
In light of these updates we have made the following Health and Safety decisions.
School assemblies are cancelled for the remainder of the school term.
Three Way Learning Conferences have been postponed until Term 2. Your child’s learning journey to date can be found on Seesaw.
 
Ngā mihi,
Kristina Crouch

Posted: Fri 20 Mar 2020

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