Friday 12 November 2021
Tēnā koutou, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia orana, Namaste, Bula vinaka.
As you know, primary school students have the opportunity to return to school from Wednesday 17 November. The government has told schools to open “partially” in the best way they can for the safety of students. Schools will also continue to provide for learners who stay at home. This means that school will not look like it normally does, for the next 4 weeks. The programme for your child may not be in your child’s usual class space, or with their usual teacher, due to the requirements of learning in “bubbles” at school, and the need to be prepared for staff illness without bringing relievers in from outside the school.
A text will be sent to the number we have on record for your family about this. Please reply with your child’s name and room number, if your child is returning to school next week. We need this information to be able to guarantee your child has a space in class, as numbers are limited due to Ministry requirements.
School Hours – 8.30 am to 2 pm
- Schools must limit the number of students on site each day
- Classes will be in separate whānau bubble groups. There will be separate break times for each
whānau, and staggered leaving times in the afternoons, to avoid having large groups of people at the
gates for pickup.
- Classroom doors and windows will be open at all times for ventilation.
- Staff will encourage students to practise physical distancing where possible.
- The Ministry of Education requires staff and Year 4 – 6 children to wear masks indoors at school, unless
they have an exemption.
- Hand-washing hygiene and hand sanitising will occur regularly through the day.
- Shared equipment will be sanitised in between uses. Surface cleaning will occur in classrooms each day
- Students need to bring morning tea, lunch and a water bottle each day.
- Hats are recommended as students will be spending time outside.
- The playground will be open, as the virus does not remain on surfaces for long.
- Stay at home if you or your child is sick. Parents will need to immediately collect any students from
school who are sick
- Parents/caregivers will drop off and pick up students at the beginning and end of the day at the hall
gate on Cardrona Place. The school gates will be closed through the day, and the school number is
displayed on both school gates, if parents need assistance.
- Parents/caregivers can only come into the school grounds in an emergency. They must wear a mask
and maintain a two-metre distance from others.
- Anyone who is unwell, self-isolating, or who has been advised by health authorities to remain at home
while they wait for their COVID-19 test results, must stay home.
Ngā mihi nui
Diane Wiechern Principal