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St Michael's School Community Newsletter
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Principal's Message Week 4, Term 2 - 2020
 
Kia ora to our St Michael's families,
 

Like me, I am sure you have followed with interest the announcements made by the Prime Minister yesterday.

 

It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and I thank you for your ongoing support for the work we are doing.

 

Yesterday, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.

 

The good news is that when we are able to, we will be ready to welcome all students and staff back to our school site.

 

The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.

 

As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.

 

Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

 

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they 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’s 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.

 

Please find a short timeline of events for your information. Please do note the teacher only day we have scheduled.

St Michael's School MOVING TO ALERT LEVEL TWO: PROPOSED TIMELINE

Monday, 11th May

  • Staff Meeting 8:30am - 10am - Onsite/Zoom

  • Announcement at 1pm - Prime Minister - Level 2? - Level 3?

  • Team leaders to meet with their own teams and include teacher aides to discuss Level 2 "The First Days" planning considerations (minutes to be kept and shared with Principal)

  • Principal email parents with update on Level 2

  • “Enrolment” link included in update so parents can signal their child’s attendance

  • Rachael to create a list of students who are NOT attending under level 2

Tuesday, 12th May

  • Whole staff site induction - All return to work forms signed and completed

  • R to create Level Two distance learning roll - Decision made as to whether we are able to provide this optional service

  • Guidelines/expectations. Draft information letter to parents of children returning to school 

  • Principal updates around wearing uniform / drinking fountains / hand washing / distance learning update

Wednesday, 

13 May

All staff have access to site to begin preparing for school re-opening

Principal email parents with update - Hygiene protocols / drop off and pickups / when a child is sick

Cleaners onsite / playground clean confirmed

Thursday, 14 May

Health and safety audit - DP and Principal receive report on H&S protocols from team leaders

Track and tracing protocol checked and any wrinkles ironed out

Principal email parents with update - (Track and tracing protocol explained / communication lines explained / Zoom session Q & A offered for families)

Principals Zoom session Q&A time for families

Friday, 15 May

Teacher Only Day - NO LEVEL 3 STUDENTS ONSITE ONLY INDEPENDENT HOME LEARNING AVAILABLE - 

Team leaders offer a Zoom session Q&A for families with children in their space

Principals update - results of Zoom session - Frequently asked questions / Day 1 plan /

Classroom Newsletters sent via Seesaw

Teachers and teacher aides setting the classrooms up for return of students

Spotlight focus on students with additional learning and behavioural needs - MOE advisor and kahui ako support coordinator involvement

Monday, 18 May

Students back at school for their first day! HOORAY

Ngā mihi
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Kristina Crouch

Posted: Fri 08 May 2020

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