Welcome back to school for term 2 and hope you enjoy reading our very first online newsletter. For those of you who do not know me, my name is Lou Reddy and I am the Acting Principal at Tamaki Primary. I have been at TPS since 2019 and have been blown away with the whanaungatanga of our staff, board, students and whanau during this rahui. A sincere thanks to all the staff and board members who prepared food parcels, learning packs and devices before the lock down as it was a very rushed week before we closed. Our staff have also continued to work over thier holidays to prepare learning that is both engaging and fun via our class sites. I am very proud to have witnessed the hard work of our teachers come to fruition in their learning sites, home learning programmes and Hangouts (video conference) this week. I am aslo really keen to connect with whanau, students and community folk at our Friday virtual assembly at 12.00pm to 1pm every Friday – click link here , so please join us via video conference for our first TPS kanohi ke te kanohi virtual assembly.
Also this newsletter is very long and will be shorter next time but we have had to cover a lot in this issue. However if you enjoy this method of connecting to TPS, please do let us know if you wish to recieve this newsletter via email by updating your email address here.
Key Links for all students, whanau, parents and staff:
Like many parents/teachers I grew up in schooling when accessing learning via a computer was very rare and the technology that is available for our students while learning at home is both powerful and a little scary to navigate, so please do join in the hangouts with our students at the time set on the class learning sites which has new home learning content during COVID-19 lockdown.
I have been posting regular updaes about COVID-19 and what is happening at our school on our specific COVID-19 information page, so please do refer to this page as needed.
Blogs – when a child shares some work that they have created on their blog please find their work on their blog here. Please jump on to your child’s blog and make a comment when they create for sharing online.
Topics covered in this newsletter:
I have put together the following update points based on the information shared with me by the Ministry of Education – http://www.education.govt.nz/covid-19/ and our senior leadership team.
School reopening and Level 3 guidelines
Devices at home and learning packs
Home learning TV programmes
Celebrating learning success – Junior school
Tech support – what do we do when devices/passwords dont work?
Free internet safety filter for parents; Netsafe, The Connected Learning Advisor
Supporting students wellbeing and welfare
When will school reopen?
It is the Government’s intention that on the 20th of April, two days before the current period of Alert Level 4 is due to finish, Cabinet will make a decision on whether or not the Alert Level will change. They will use the most up to date data they have to make that decision.
Level 4 has come with some heavy restrictions and next week, the Government will give some guidance on what life at Level 3 will look like. Schools will be advised before hand to cover health and safety procedures for cleaning our school before it can opened to our students.
We are looking at various scenarios and they will be based on health considerations and requirements under Level 3, particularly managing physical distancing. A hybrid model of both distance learning and on-site learning is very likely at least in the early stages of Level 3. The Public Health requirements will affect each school differently.
Assuming the alert level does change, current planning assumptions are that school staff will have access on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 April to our site to undertake a property inspection and do necessary maintenance and cleaning. Monday 27 April is a public holiday (ANZAC Day observed) and Tuesday 28 April will be a staff-only day. We therefore anticipate Wednesday 29 April would be your first day with some of our students/children able to attend in person (however this will be confirmed and updated on 20 April 2020).
New clusters may emerge but can be controlled through testing and contact tracing.
Range of measures (can be applied locally or nationally)
People instructed to stay home in their bubble other than for essential personal movement – including to go to work, school If they have to or for local recreation.
Physical distancing of two metres outside home (including on public transport), or one metre In controlled environments like schools and workplaces.
Bubbles must stay within their immediate household bubble, but can expand this to reconnect with close family / whanau, or bring in caregivers, or support isolated people. This extended bubble should remain exclusive.
Schools (years 1 to 10) and Early Childhood Education centres can safely open, but will have limited capacity. Children should learn at home if possible.
People must work from home unless that Is not possible.
Businesses can open premises, but cannot physically interact with customers.
Low risk local recreation activities are allowed.
Public venues are closed (e.g. libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, playgrounds, markets).
Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed but only for wedding services, funerals and tangihanga. Physical distancing and public health measures must be maintained.
Healthcare services use virtual, non-contact consultations where possible.
Inter-regional travel is highly limited (e.g. for essential workers, with limited exemptions for others).
People at high risk of severe Illness (older people and those with existing medical conditions) are encouraged to stay at home where possible, and take additional precautions when leaving home. They may choose to work.
Distribution of Devices
As you know, from today the Ministry of Education (MOE) is dispatching the first tranche of devices to students and ākonga where schools cannot provide devices, starting with senior secondary students. This is a big job being delivered at pace and we thank you for your ongoing patience with this. We also are trying our best to get school owned devices couriered to whanau that was assigned before the lockdown for Room 2 and Year 4 students (however we are waiting for appropriate packaging to arrive from the MOE before this can be sent out).
Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV and Māori Television education broadcasting starts 9am 15 April
Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV will start education broadcasting for early learners and students in Years 1–10 from 9am on Wednesday 15 April, with Māori Television launching te reo educational programmes on the same day. I have also listed the other programmes available on our COVID-19 page of our website here.
Please visit the MOE Learning from Home website for more information about programming. Check the updates page of the site for daily programming information. Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV will be on air for one month with provision to extend beyond that if needed.
Be kind, Be safe and stay connected –
As we move towards level 3 of the lock down I want to encourage all parents, staff and students to continue to attend hangouts and visit our class sites. If we do not connect with students and confirm that they are learning at home in the coming weeks, we will make contact with whanau as our students’ learning and wellbeing is our main priority.
Callers follow the auto-attendant to select their related region.
One of the local engineers will pick the call up and assist with the issue.
If the line is busy or the call is made after hours a voicemail can be left. Voicemails will be monitored and cleared by team leaders regularly.
This number is also listed on the Fusion extension deployed to all student Chromebooks and Chrome browsers.
If your child has forgotten their password – please email the classroom teacher via the class site page for your child.
If your child needs to access our free wifi and your live in the TLN network– see at the bottom of this section and follow the instructions for WIFI – TLN STUDENT to access free internet while the child is logged into their device.
Staff and students using hangouts to stay connected during COVID-19
Support Agencies contact information
Social Support agencies
Local Tamaki Whanau Collective:
This suppor is available to all of our community and means that families can access the help themselves, when they need it and Ruapotaka Marae can provide a wrap around service for the families.
Further information to support wellbeing
We will continue to build wellbeing information on our website that is easier to find and better reflects how the COVID-19 response has changed over the last weeks. This includes adding resources as they are developed.
Finally, if you believe a child is in immediate danger, call the Police on 111. If you are worried about a child and want to make a referral or report of concern, call Oranga Tamariki using 0508 EDASSIST (0508 332 774) or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need to talk 1737 or text 1737 for counselling or support
Lifeline 0800 543354 or free text 4357 for counselling and support
Anxiety line 0800 111757 or free text 4202
Supporting Whanau online
Free internet safety filter for parents
While children are learning from home, they are away from the online safety and security services provided by Network for Learning (N4L) at school. So together with N4L and Netsafe, we have launched www.switchonsafety.co.nz – a free way to block the worst of the web for students and teachers.
Please follow the instructions to set up a child’s device for safer connectivity while they learn from home. Remember, no technical solution is a silver bullet. Please remember that all learners are to use their cybersmart learning during learning at home.
Netsafe provides comprehensive support and information to support everyone to stay safe as they work, learn and play online. Netsafe has new and updated resources for parents, whānau and students at https://www.netsafe.org.nz/advice/staying-safe/
The Connected Learning Advisory
Help desk support is available for teachers, kaiako, leaders, tumuaki, parents and whānau from early learning through to secondary in English medium and Māori medium settings. You can phone the Learning from Home helpdesk on 0800 700 401 and Ki Te Ao Marama on 0508 294 462 between 8 am and 5 pm on business days.