Preparation for Move to Alert Level 3

21 April 2020

Dear Parents

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.

Yesterday the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 28 April with a teacher preparation day. That means we will be open to receive students  from Wednesday 29 April. We will start to prepare our school site later this week.

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 because you are returning to work . 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 with guidance from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health.

I want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home. Onsite learning will be in parallel with the online  learning. Teachers will still be following our online learning process over the next period of Alert Level 3 as movement is still restricted and we anticipate that the vast majority of students will be working from home.

A Google form sent to families will collect data from our community about our students and coordinate the planning for those students needing to return to school on Wednesday 29 April.

Website Note: If you do not have access to the Google Form please email indicating the following:

  • We will be remaining at home until the Alert Level is revisited. Our children will not be returning to school at this time.
  • We are essential workers/Workers that are returning to work and will need to send our children to school from Wednesday 29 April

It is most important that this form is filled in and returned to school. The form will tell us whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend school in person. We would appreciate a quick response, no later than Wednesday 22 April at 4pm . A non return will be taken as not returning to school on Wednesday 29

Your circumstances might change as level 3 continues and in that case, you will need to contact the school ahead of having your child(ren) return. We will be unable to have children attend without prior notification.

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with 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 your teachers with any questions you might have.

● Complete the Google form immediately and no later than 4pm on Wednesday 22 April
● Monday 27 April – Anzac Day observed. No distance learning.
● Tuesday 28 April – Teacher Only Day. No distance learning.
● Wednesday 29 April – Distance learning for all. School site opens for those who are unable to stay at home.

Yours sincerely

Paul Engles          Brad Dunstan
Principal              Board Chair