PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE – RETURNING TO SCHOOL

Returning to School

Kia Ora Whanau

As you know we will be back at school on Monday, day students are to arrive at normal time and boarders are to return by 5pm Monday Evening. We are looking forward to seeing everyone back.

School buses will be running, face masks are not mandatory on school transport but obviously they can be worn by choice.

Every day a young person attends school matters because it:

  • increases their ability to achieve
  • provides an important emotional and support network for them, with their friends and classmates
  • keeps them engaged in learning
  • gives them direct contact with their teachers
  • is an environment where the focus is on their safety, wellbeing and learning
  • helps them feel more comfortable transitioning throughout their schooling journey
  • is not just now but their future that counts.

Key health measures to prevent spread

  • Our school has very good processes in place to continue to keep your child as safe as possible, including extra cleaning and arrangements in our dining room.
  • At Alert Level 2 COVID-19 is contained
  • However there is still some risk of community transmission at Alert Level 2, so we all need to follow our good practices to keep ourselves, family and whānau safe including:
    • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water including before and after eating, after blowing your nose, after visiting a public space including public transport, before, during and after caring for a sick or vulnerable person, after using the toilet etc.
    • Coughing and sneezing into your elbow.
    • Staying at home if you are sick and checking with your GP or Healthline to see if you need to get tested (a reminder that Healthline is free to call – 0800 611 116 and they have people who speak many different languages).
    • If you are recommended to get tested please do so – testing is free.
    • At home, clean your surfaces regularly particularly the ones that are often touched such as taps and door handles.
    • Keep a physical distance from people you don’t know (2 metres wherever possible).
    • If you are in an enclosed space with people you don’t know, such as on public transport, wear a face covering as they can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the spread of droplets.

Alert Level 2 advice

Do children and young people need to wear face coverings at schools at Alert Level 2?
No. Children and young people do not need to wear face coverings because the risk of infection within the school environment is low. Other public health control measures will be in place including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements.

Do teachers need to wear face coverings at early learning services and schools at Alert Level 2?
No. Teachers do not need to wear face coverings at Alert Level 2. Other public health measures will be in place including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements.

Do children and young people need to wear face coverings on school transport, or transport provided by early learning services, at Alert Level 2?
No. Children and young people are not required to wear face coverings wrapped around the nose and mouth on school transport or early learning service transport. This includes buses or vans chartered or used by schools or early learning services to carry children, students and staff. Good hygiene measures, contact tracing and staying away if sick will remain in place.

Ngā mihi nui

Dr Brian Evans
ONZM
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD
Principal

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