Changes to Afternoon Student Collection
I want to thank everyone for the way they have supported the school over the last couple of days as we entered Level 2. The kids have been very resilient and it is lovely to have them all back.
We have done some trialling over the last couple of days and think there needs to be a bit of a tweak to the afternoon pick up. Having the one gate has its positives, however it is also a bottleneck and means there is trouble with the physical distancing, so from tomorrow, we are going to move to a more spread out pick up time.
2:10pm - Mānuka, Tītoki and Karaka (and their older siblings)
2:20pm - Nīkau, Taraire, Puriri (and their other siblings)
2:30pm - Rimu, Pōhutukawa, Tī Kouka, Intermediates
Moving Off Quickly
One of the issues that we are finding is a lot of parents hanging around and having chats. I know it sounds mean but can we please ask that you collect your child and quickly move off. That will help with physical distancing and free up car parks for the next group.
I’m sorry for being a pedant, but it is about health and safety. If we can get these practices right I hope that we can ease off in a few weeks.
The morning drop-offs have gone really well and there won't be any change to that process.
Again, thank you so much for your support - it means a lot.
UPDATE: Friday 15 May
We are really looking forward to most of you returning on to school on Monday morning.
Just a few important reminders:
- 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.
- Children will need to bring a drink bottle as the water fountains will be turned off.
- Please make an appointment if you need to see someone in the office.
- If you have a school-loaned Chromebook, could you please clean the device and return it to the office as soon possible.
Pick Up / Drop Off Time
This is the part that is going to be really challenging for some children. Parents will not be able to walk their children to their classroom or pop in and see the teachers as they normally might. Please prepare your children for this.
We know school pick up and drop off is a great time to catch up with friends and other parents, but can we please ask that you drop your kids, give them a hug, let them walk to class and then drive away.
We need to keep the footpaths clear to help with physical distancing.
Olive and Nick will be out in the designated ‘Drop Off Point’ outside the admin area each morning to help any anxious children get to their classrooms.
Where possible, please try to arrive no earlier than 8:10am, and be prompt at pick up time.
Catching the Bus
We need to maintain contact tracing registers for all students who catch the bus to and from school. If you haven’t done so already, can you please let the office know if your child plans to catch the bus.
Olive and Nick will be managing the bus contact register.
School buses will not allow cash transactions. The use of HOP cards is required and expected. However we have been advised that no student will be prevented from catching a school bus because they do not have a HOP card.
School buses are able to operate at full capacity but with no standing passengers. Auckland Transport recommends that parents wait with their child(ren) at the bus stop until they can see if the bus has enough room for their child(ren). They do have contingencies in place should an extra bus be needed to transport school students to and from school.
Remember we will be focussing on wellbeing as we come back to school. It will look and feel a little different, especially to start with. In a few weeks we will arrange for parents and teachers to have a meeting, probably via video, to catch up about the children, their wellbeing, and their learning.
We will be reviewing our health and safety practices and procedures each week and making any necessary changes. Please bear with us as we work through this new normal - we are trying our best. As mentioned in my earlier letter, the health and safety of the students, staff and community is the top priority.
Thank you for your understanding during this transition back to school. We really appreciate all the support we have been receiving.