Dear parents and caregivers
You will be aware of the Prime Minister’s announcement today relating to the moving to Level 3 of lock-down from Level 4 which we remain in at this stage. More detail and information will be provided to us by or before Monday 20 April to ensure we have adequate plans in place for the continued education of your children in a safe environment and we will keep you informed as soon as possible.
We are still working towards a return date of 29th April although as you can read below, not all staff and students will return on this date. This means we could follow a blended approach with some students continuing with on-line learning and some face to face. As I mentioned, more detail will be required before we can be certain however we know that moving to Level 3 would affect all our students as it refers to all year levels up to and including Year 10. We already have plans in place for the site to be cleaned and ready for the return date.
I have copied relevant information from official websites for your easy reference:
Alert level summary chart: https://covid19.govt.nz/resources/information-sheets/#alert-level-tables
How Level 3 will affect education specifically:
Under Alert Level 3 it will be safe for Early Learning / Education Centres and schools to open for children up to and including year 10, with appropriate public health measures in place. All young people in years 11-13 will continue to learn at home.
Physical attendance at school is voluntary, but all children not at school should be learning by distance. Schools will be a safe place for children to go to learn if their parents need to return to work, or the children cannot learn at a distance. Children who are able to, should remain home and learn via distance.
Schools and Early Learning / Education Centres will contact parents as they work through their plans for re-opening.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like gloves and masks are not necessary for a school environment. Children, young people and staff who are at greater risk are encouraged to stay at home. Any child, young person or staff member who is sick should remain at home.
It will take at least a week for Schools and Early Learning Services to get ready to open after we go to Alert Level 3.
Thank you again for your patience as we navigate this changing and at times challenging landscape.