Kia ora koutou

We hope that Term 2 and our remote learning programme has been a success for your student(s) so far. We know that this has been a challenging time for all but it has been heartening to hear a lot of positive feedback in relation to what we have been offering and we thank you for all your support.

Yesterday the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 from midnight Tuesday 28 April.  That means we will be open to receive students from Wednesday 29 April. We will be starting to prepare our site this week.

The PM’s announcement in relation to level 3 was very clear:

  1. Stay home. If you are not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials, then you must be at home, the same as at Level 4.
  2. Work and learn from home if you can. We still want the vast majority of people working from home, and children and young people learning from home. At-risk students and staff should also stay at home, and they will be supported to do so. Early learning centres and schools will physically be open for up to Year 10 for families that need them.”

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 for us to plan the next stage we need to know of your intentions with your student. Please fill in this Google form as soon as possible. On the basis of this information, we will be establishing a level 3 lockdown school roll and we will only accept students at school who are on this expected roll.

Students who are at school will be following the remote learning plan, the same as students who are at home. We will be providing supervision for groups of up to 10 students in one place, but 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. We will provide more details of these measures in a further communication.

I want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home.

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.

Mauri ora

Dominic Killalea, Principal