COVID19 update 23 April 2020

Kia ora koutou

We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme has been a success for you so far. We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with but we have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you for all your support. We have been working hard to maintain a fantastic distance learning programme via our class sites.

This week, the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April. That means we will be open to receive students from the 29 April. I have been at school this week to prepare our site along with our property team for the children that need to attend due to Ministry guidelines around essential workers and not being able to get caregivers at home. We have thoroughly cleaned our school and have arranged for Chemwash spray of our external surfaces as well. We will be giving more information about where to drop of children and new class lists by Tuesday 28 April. Please make sure your correct contact details have been updated – as we are calling, texting, publishing content on facebook and on our website. It is the caregiver’s/parent’s responsibility to inform the school if there is a change with their address/contact details.

The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home. If your child is sick please also ensure you keep them at home.

In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures.

I want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home. Our teachers are contacting whanau this week to confirm if you are intending to send your child/ren to school on Wednesday 29 April, also if you could please confirm if you need a device, internet connection and your contact details such as address, phone and email.

I have attached the following poster used by other schools, to help whanau decide whether to send their child to school or not:

 

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with Ministry of Health to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. As you will be doing, we want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible.

For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance while we progress our planning for what Alert Level 3 will mean for you and for our school. We will be in touch again soon with more information. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with our teachers with any questions you might have or contact me via email lreddy@tamakiprimary.school.nz or via mobile 021 08471039. Also for more information around the Alert level 3 and implications for education please visit https://covid19.govt.nz/

Nga mihi nui

Lou Reddy
Acting Principal