Like me, I am sure you have followed with interest the announcements made by the Prime Minister yesterday. Please join us as we cover the key points of ALERT Level 2 at our virtual assembly at 12pm on friday.
It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and I thank you for your ongoing support for the work we are doing.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.
The good news is that when we are able to, we will be ready to welcome all students and staff back to our school site.
The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.
As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.
Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.
Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.
Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid’s not measles or chickenpox, it doesn’t hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don’t have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their ‘moist breath’ zone”. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2!
It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.
For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/
If you have any questions about our health and safety plan on our website, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact me.
We will be in touch again soon to update you on our plans and please do let us know if your address and contact details have changed so that we can inform you about when school will re-open for students.
We would like to thank all our mums (including grannies who are caregivers too!) – who give so much for our children and hope that you will be able to have a special day on Sunday with your kids.
Congratulations to the following mothers who will be recieving a small gift from the TPS staff and their children today for supporting their learning and our school during this year.
This year we would like to acknowledge – Mrs Thdah Wah and Tamara Kopu.
Primary school artwork for Aotea Station
City Rail Link is calling on all primary school-aged kids from across New Zealand to paint and draw images that will then be fired onto ceramic tiles and used to decorate our new CRL Aotea underground station.
Please see below students who will be recieving a certificate or badge via the https://kete.nz website (please login with your school gmail account). Congrats to all of our learners who have recieved an awared from their teacher.
Support information for our whanau and community
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.
Child safety 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
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 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.