Kia ora e te whānau
This afternoon the Prime Minister has announced that Auckland will be moving to Alert Level 2 at 6:00am this Sunday morning. This means that school will reopen on Monday 8 March for all students.
We have adopted the same Level 2 procedures we used in the past. Although the risk of infection is low, it is important that we take our health and safety responsibilities very seriously.
The key points of schooling at Level 2 are:
If your child is sick, please keep them at home. They can return to school after they have shown no symptoms of illness for 24 hours.
There will be staggered pick up times for students (see below for more information)
Children will need to bring a drink bottle, as the water fountains will be turned off (they will be able to refill them in the office)
Parents and other adults coming onto the school site will need to wear a mask. People will need to make an appointment to see someone in the office.
There will be an increased focus on cleaning and children’s hygiene practices; these include hand washing and use of hand sanitizer, physical distancing where practical, and using the correct cough/sneeze technique.
Pick Up / Drop Off Time
As challenging as this has been for some people in the past, the staggered finishing and no parents going onto the school grounds was very effective in maintaining social distancing. So again, parents will not be able to walk their children to their classroom or pop in and see the teachers as they normally might. This might be particularly hard for some of our new five year olds so please talk to one of the teachers at the gate in the morning so we can support you and your child.
Olive, Kate and I will be out in the designated ‘Drop Off Point’ outside the admin area each morning to help any anxious children get to their classrooms.
Please move quickly after dropping off and collecting your children. I know it is a social time for many of you, but we need to ensure we keep the footpaths clear to help with physical distancing and car parks free for the next group.
Mānuka, Tītoki and Karaka (and their older siblings) will finish at 2:10pm.
Taraire, Nīkau and Puriri (and their older siblings) will finish at 2:20pm
All other classes will finish at 2:30pm
Teachers will bring their classes down to the ‘Pick Up Point’ and dismiss the children as their parents arrive. If it is raining, we will be waiting under the shaded areas by the hall and the office.
Where possible, please try to arrive no earlier than 8:10am, and be prompt at pick up time.
Use of Masks
As stated above, all non-staff adults that come into the school grounds will be required to wear a mask.
Following Public Health advice, the Ministry of Education has said masks are not necessary for staff and students due to the public health measures that will be in place, including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements.
At Alert Level 2, children aged 12 years and over are required to wear a face mask on public transport - this does not include school buses.
Staff and students are allowed to wear a mask if they choose. Please note that the public health advice is that masks should only be used by children aged 6 and over.
We will be reviewing our health and safety practices and procedures each week and making any necessary changes. The health and safety of the students, staff and community is the top priority.
Thank you for your understanding over the past week. I hope the Level 3 lockdown was not too stressful for you and your whānau. We will be at Level 2 for at least all of next week and will be having our fingers crossed that we move to Level 1 next weekend.
We really appreciate all your support. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Noho ora mai