3 March 2021
Kia ora koutou,
As a result of the announcement this afternoon, Auckland returns to alert level 2 from 6am on Sunday 7 March. This means that we expect all children to come back to school on Monday 8th March.
However, under the restrictions related to gatherings, parents and caregivers will not be able to come onto school grounds. The information at the end of this notice reminds you of the organisation for pick up and drop off procedures for your child.
It has been great to see several days with no new community cases. However, as Dr Bloomfield has clearly stated, new cases are still possible and we need to continue to act with caution and do the right thing to keep our community safe.
With new variants and changed requirements for contacts of cases, New Zealand’s COVID response seems to be more complex and sometimes it isn’t clear what “the right thing” actually is.
The basics still work
We have a large amount of control over how we can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Even with the new variants of the virus, the most important things we can do remain the same:
For our school we will:
display QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer app
keep our visitor register, attendance register and timetables up to date to help with contact tracing if needed
be monitoring for illness and asking anyone who is unwell to remain at home, or to go home
encourage people with relevant symptoms to seek medical advice through Healthline (0800 358 5453) or their GP and get tested for COVID if recommended to do so
reinforce the importance of good hand washing and drying
reinforce good cough and sneeze etiquette
clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly
Your whānau will also have good practices to follow to keep yourselves safe:
check in using the NZ COVID Tracer app everywhere you go (the sooner you get notified that you were at a location of interest, the easier it will be to keep yourself and your whānau safe)
switch on the Bluetooth function on the app (go to the dashboard in the app to do this)
always stay home if you are unwell and seek advice from Healthline (0800 358 5453) or your GP
get tested if recommended to do so. Testing is free to everyone in New Zealand!
wash and dry hands thoroughly and frequently
practise good cough and sneeze etiquette
regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home
wear face coverings on public transport
for those of you who think you might have been at a location of interest at the specified time, follow the instructions on the Ministry of Health website or if you are unsure what to do, contact Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice about getting tested
Get your information from good sources
The Ministry of Education provides us with specific advice for what needs to happen in schools and early learning services. Some of the rules are different for schools, early learning services and workplaces than the rules you need to follow when we are out and about with people you don’t know. The main one is we have different physical distancing requirements than the general public. That is because we have good systems in place to prevent spread of COVID.
The Governments Unite Against COVID website is the main website to go to get great advice.
Āraia te kino and protect yourself, your whānau and your whakapapa.
Entry to school - Drop off 8.30AM - 9.00AM
All students able to independently enter school, Year 2 to 6, without adult support will need to enter via the side gate on Hill Road. All New Entrants and Year 1 learners that are being dropped off by parents, need to assemble outside the cenotaph gate on the corner of Great South Road. They will be greeted by their class teachers who will take them into school.
These procedures need to be followed for the safety of all learners. In the unlikely event that you have to drop off your child after 9.00AM this will require an alternate plan. You will need to accompany your child to the school office, we cannot have unsupervised children enter late.
Exit from school - 3.00 PM all students will be dismissed for the day
Please be patient during this time as there will be no early release for students. We will be following the organisation for end of day procedures below.
- Students being picked up by after school care will congregate in their usual meeting place.
- All teachers will accompany their classes to the appropriate gate and wait until children are picked up.