Covod Update – Level 2 Sunday 6am
Friday 5 March 2021
Kia ora koutou
It is a big relief to hear we are moving back to Alert Level 2 at 6am on Sunday 7 March. We look forward to welcoming all our students and staff back onsite on Monday 8 March!
Thank you once more to our parents and caregivers for the support and resilience you have shown throughout Alert Level 3. I would personally like to thank our staff who have continued with the online learning during Alert Level 3. For some of our staff this was very difficult as they had to support their own children at home as well as support their class. Thank you also to the staff who came in and supervised our essential workers children. We really appreciate you being available to do this.
If your child was given a school device or books in a Hard Pack to use, these must be returned on Monday 8 March so our students can use devices during learning time at school and our books returned to the resource room.
I know our Year 5 and 6 tamariki and whānau are disappointed we have had to cancel their annual camps but please be assured exciting alternative EOTC events are being organised by our Tall Oak teachers for later in the year. Refunds for camp will be processed this week.
Just a reminder that while everyone is onsite at Alert Level 2 next week, we must adhere to key health measures including:
- Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette
- Staying away if sick
- Keeping the appropriate physical distance from others (in class this means no touching each other and keeping out of breathing distance)
- Cleaning and disinfecting our high touch surfaces daily
- Displaying QR code posters at our entrances and encouraging all of our community to download the NZ COVID Tracer App and use it if they come onsite
- Keeping a visitor register for anyone who cannot use the app and for other visitors who come onsite for a period of time.
We know all these things will help to keep our community as safe as possible. Because of these measures, your child does not need to wear a face-covering while at school. We will of course support them should they choose to do so.
For those of you who might be finding things more difficult than usual, a reminder that there is a large range of support available for businesses and the community. This document provides information on where you can go to get help, including financial support, as well as details about the different categories of contacts. We also encourage you to go to covid19.govt.nz for more information or get in touch and we will help you to find the information and support you need.
Please see below for information that may be useful to you as we move to Level 2. We all look forward to welcoming your children back to school. Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe and well.
Alert Level 2 information
- Schools are open to everyone, and all children must attend.
At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained but there is still risk of community transmission. It is safe for children and staff to attend school and for school hostels to be operating as there will be appropriate measures in place, including for children and staff vulnerable to severe illness.
- Learning will be onsite with distance learning offered in some circumstances.
Distance learning should only be provided for those required to self-isolate, those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result, or those choosing to remain at home because they are vulnerable to illness.
- Schools are not classified as gatherings and a range of events and activities can go ahead.
For most day to day activities at schools, the rules for gatherings do not apply. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there to receive, provide, or support education services.
However as soon as your event or activity brings people onsite who are not there for education purposes, including students, parents and caregivers, then the rules for gatherings do apply. This would include performances such as school plays, cultural events and sporting activities.
- Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school.
The Director of Education will work closely with our school and health authorities should this occur. Please contact your Ministry regional office if you hear of a confirmed case in your school community but haven’t been advised about it by health officials.
- Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport.
This includes charter buses hired by the school to transport students and staff. Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering in any setting will be supported to do so.
- Sick people must stay at home.
They should seek medical advice if they have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If that person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate.
- You must have a contact tracing system in place.
This includes displaying QR code posters at your entrances, your timetable, attendance register and visitor register.
- Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:
Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)
Cough and sneeze etiquette
Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.
- Think and plan carefully before you go ahead with any activity that brings a large number of students together and/or spectators are involved.
Some events may need to be cancelled or postponed when we are at Alert Level 2.
- Parents drop students off at the drop off zone or gates;
We encourage you to use the drop off zone for dropping off and collecting children. Parents will not be allowed into the school grounds. During Alert Level 2 the gates to the school will be closed and only children will be able to come into the school from 8:20am. If you are dropping your child off to before school care you must follow their processes which Creative Kids have shared with you.
At 3pm if you are walking to collect your child please wait outside the school gates observing 2 metre social distancing. Make sure you communicate carefully with your child which gate you will be collecting your child from. You may wish to show them on the weekend so they are very clear which gate you will be waiting to collect them from. If you are collecting them from the gates closest to Erica Rd please do not stand in the staff car park. When parents do this children walk across the carpark which is dangerous as many of our Part Time and Learning Assistant staff are leaving at this time to collect their own children from school.
- Drinking fountains
Baverstock Oaks drinking fountains are closed so each child will need to bring their own drink bottle with water only. These can be refilled at school.
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