If you have not yet completed the RETURN TO SCHOOL SURVEY
– please do so IMMEDIATELY!
Dear parents and whānau
We are SO excited that 68 of our students will be returning to school onsite as from Day One, Monday 18 May, the first day back under Alert Level 2 – woohoo!! For those families who are choosing to stagger the return date of their child, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can discuss a return date with you.
The purpose of this newsletter is to help each family manage their child’s transition back to school, when that day arrives. For this to be as smooth as possible, everyone in our community will be asked to follow the simple expectations that we are putting in place, in accordance with Ministry guidelines, to keep all of our children and staff safe and supported.
The key areas that we will be promoting include:
Regular use of hand sanitiser by all those onsite and thorough daily cleaning routines
Minimising interactions between student groups during the school day, including before and after school
Limiting adults onsite to staff only, except at drop off/pick up times – clear guidelines below
Keeping onsite times from 8.30 am – 3.15 pm (unless your child is enrolled at ASC)
Recording contact tracing details of every person onsite
Our goal during Lockdown 2 is to keep most of our usual school routines in place to support a sense of normality. There will be a few new routines which we will weave into our daily school life, due to the Alert Level 2 Health and Safety requirements that we must meet.
To assist us with achieving this goal we ask that every parent/caregiver reads the guidelines below to familiarise yourself with theseBEFORE your child’s first day back at school. Talk your child through the simple routines that they need to know about – don’t overload them with what you are having to do! Know the expectations that you, as an adult, will need to meet if you are coming onto school property.
Be assured that our teaching team will be watching out for the wellbeing of every child during the transition back to school. Likewise, we encourage you to keep in touch with us about any concerns that you have – no problem is too small. Simply email your child’s teacher, who will then be in touch with you.
Our After School Care Programme will be up and running as from Monday 18 May. Families of children who were enrolled during term 1 have been emailed to confirm Term 2 requirements. To ensure your child has a place, please email email@example.com 9am, Friday 15 May.
Finally, both Mark and I applaud you – you have been outstanding in your ability to adapt, step-up and face new challenges. Together we are stronger, we are unified, we are team Rewa Rewa!
Jan Otene (Principal) Mark Williams (Board Chair)
RETURN TO SCHOOL UNDER ALERT LEVEL 2 – GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
NO parent/caregiver will be allowed into the classroom block or shared walkway until such time as the school is able to relax this rule.
We must minimise the number of adults onsite – please look at your Optionsin Parent Pick-UP & Drop-Off Informationbelow.
Please be patient and kind when asked to follow requests, such as adults using the 1 metre rule – we are following these guidelines to keep your child safe.
We will not be holding large group activities, such as assemblies, the only exception would be an emergency evacuation.
Students will stay in class groups both during class time and during morning tea/lunch breaks. The only exception to this will be at ASC.
Within each class, students will use the same shared equipment, PE gear and toilets. The use of hand sanitiser before entering any area (classroom/office/hall/staffroom), will assist in minimising the spread of germs.
No students may be onsite before 8.30am. On arrival they must go straight to the entry door for their classroom via the quad and walk into their classroom only.
All students and families, except those enrolled at ASC, must leave school grounds by 3.15pm.
The water fountain will be out of use during Alert Level 2. Water bottles can be refilled at designated taps within school.
The Adventure Playground will be open at morning tea and lunchtime to class groups. This equipment will be out of bounds before and after school.
The school is supplying hand sanitiser and surface disinfectant to every area of the school and regular cleaning routines are being following.
Parents can provide their own child’s sanitiser – please inform your child’s teacher.
Our cleaning company is using a high-grade, hospital quality disinfectant daily on surfaces such as toilets and door handles.
Teachers will use disinfectant to regularly clean surfaces in their classrooms during each day and actively promote sanitising hands on entry to their classrooms, as well as before eating food at morning tea and lunch.
If your child is unwell in any way they MUST stay at home – NO EXCEPTION.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms (eg. sore throat, runny nose), must be tested and not return onsite until they have been medically cleared to return. The current response time is 24-48 hours.
PLEASE have your phone switched on and be prepared to collect your child quickly if we ring you.
If you or anyone in your family/bubble/close contacts either has COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone confirmed as having COVID-19 you MUST telephone the Principal immediately (04 939 0186 or a/h 021 215 8000), and self-isolate at home. Health officials will be informed by the school and we would follow their advice and management. The school would need to be closed immediately for at least 72 hours, whilst contact tracing and sanitising is undertaken. Students would need to remain at home.
We will ensure required Health and Safety protocols are followed to keep our community safe. However, we take no responsibility for any person in our school community either contracting or transmitting COVID-19 to any other person.
THINGS YOU CAN EXPLAIN TO YOUR CHILD BEFORE THEY ARRIVE BACK AT SCHOOL
THINGS THAT WILL STAY THE SAME
They will be with their own class and their own teacher
Their teacher will keep their learning programme similar to what they are used to
They can talk and play with the children in their class
They can use the equipment in their classroom
They can use any seat and table in their classroom
They will cough/sneeze into their elbow, as always
They will use the same toilet block each day
They will have morning tea and lunch at the same time as usual
They will enjoy being back with their teacher and their class
THINGS THAT WILL BE DIFFERENT
They will be dropped off either at the gate or outside their classroom (see Options below)
Their teacher will remind them to use hand sanitiser every time they enter their classroom or any other indoor space and before they eat their food
They will clean their hands lots of times during the day
They will try not to get too close to or touch others
They will stay out of other classrooms at present
They will play and work with just students from their own class
Their class will have set days when they can play on the Adventure Playground
WHAT YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO BRING TO SCHOOL IN THEIR SCHOOL BAG
All of their food and a water bottle for each day – all leftovers will be sent home in lunchboxes.
You can choose to provide your child’s own sanitizer if you wish, as we know some students may be allergic to some products. Please inform their class teacher of this.
PARENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP INFORMATION
During Lockdown Level 2 the earliest that children will arrive onsite is 8.30 am,they will then report to the designated flag and go straight into their classroom. We will not be using the hall or quad as a waiting area, as this would mix all year levels together.
In order to minimise contact with others, we ask that you choose the Option#below that best supports your child when they arrive/leave school each day. It is quite alright to change the option you use, on a daily basis, but you must advise your child’s teacher if you are using Option 3#.
We are very aware that some of our students, such as those in Whero, may be more settled if a parent is allowed to bring them into the school grounds. For this reason we have created Option #3 for these families (see below).
For Option #3 ONLY we will use a staggered end of day pick up – parents may arrive from 2.30 pm to collect their child. Please follow the process below for this.
We ask that all children and adults leave the school property immediately at the end of each day during Alert Level 2.
The only adults toenter any of our school buildingswill be staff. For exceptions to this rule, please telephone the school office (939 0186), to discuss this prior to arrival.
All onsite visitors must report to the school officeon arrival, use hand sanitiser before completing the contact tracing register and maintain a distance of 2m from others at all times.
Your child will walk between school and home without needing an adult needing to accompany them. On arrival, your child will walk directly to their classroom door via the quad and walk into their classroom.
You will drop-off/pick-up your child outside the school property, maintaining a distance of 2m from others at the patrolled crossing and as you wait for your child. On arrival your child will walk onsite by themselves to their classroom door via the quad and walk into their classroom without an adult.
Your child requires an adult to accompany them to their external classroom door. Maintaining a distance of 2m from others at all times, enter via the quad and walk directly with your child to the external door closest to their classroom. For the first few days, a staff member will greet you from the door and accompany your child into the classroom. If there is a queue, please line up ensuring a 2m distance from those in front or behind you. Once children become settled into this routine, we may remove the meet/greet person and parents will leave their child at the designated door and wave goodbye to them.
Your child requires an adult to accompany them from their external classroom door. You will come onsite at the arranged pick up time and wait outside your child’s external classroom door. A staff member will bring your child to the door and release them to you. If there is a queue, please line up ensuring a 2m distance from those in front or behind you. You will accompany your child directly off school property via the quad, maintaining a 2m distance from others at all times.
If these options do not work for you and your child, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that together we can find a solution that will work.
STUDENTS BASED AT HOME DURING ALERT LEVEL 2
We expect that parents of these students will actively support their children with their learning using any/all of the following options:
Own offline/online programme e.g. TV Channel 7
School online tasks (using Seesaw/Hapara), which will be set by class teachers for the week ahead. Please note, there will be no ZOOM/teacher interaction sessions.
Special needs students who remain at home will continue to be supported by our ORS teacher each week
The Principal will telephone each family where students are remaining at home to discuss the reason for their child remaining at home and what support that we may be able to offer.
All loaned IT devices must be returned to school on Monday 18 May to the school office, as we need these to support school-based programmes – please call before arrival.