Favona School- Students Returning from Wednesday 17 November

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

  •   Staff will be at the hall car park in Cardrona Place to unlock the gate and admit students to the school, from 8.30 am to 9 am each morning
  •   Students entering the school grounds will be asked if they are well, and sanitise their hands.
  •  Parents are expected to wear masks when dropping off and picking up students from school and

    remain distanced from the school as much as possible. Staggered pick-ups and drop-offs will support


  •   Whānau Kowhai (Rooms 1, 3,4, 5) – to be picked up at 1.40 pm
  •  Whānau Miro (Rooms 6, 7, 8, 9) to be picked up 1.45 pm
  •  Whānau Matai (Rooms 11, 12, 13, 14, 25) – to be picked up at 1.50 pm
  •  Whānau Rata (Rooms 17, 18, 19, 20) – to be picked up at 1.55 pm

    Main Points to remember

  •  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