Alert Level 3
Tuesday 28th April: Teacher only day
Wednesday 29th April: School will be open to students who cannot be supervised at home
Please note the instruction to stay home continues as New Zealand moves from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3. If there is a parent or caregiver available to look after children at home and school children have access to distance learning, children are encouraged to stay at home.
Staff who have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are able to come to school but may also choose not to do so and to continue to work from home.
Specific public health measures to be taken in schools:
- Parents are asked to keep any sick children at home. If a sick child comes to school, they will be sent home.
- Hand sanitiser at entry to classrooms and in bathrooms.
- Staggered entry times into classes with one time for school transport to minimise gatherings of children or parents.
- Breaks should be staggered as should the start and finish of the day, and bubbles cannot mix during breaks.
- Initially, the number of children must be limited to 10 in a school bubble, but this can be increased to 20 once all processes are running smoothly.
- There can be multiple school bubbles in a physical space but there must be a distance between bubbles and strictly no mixing between school bubbles (working this through).
- To support contact tracing students should sit in the same place each day, with 1m physical distance between all children, young people and staff. Must maintain 2 metre physical distance outside and 1m inside during breaks and 1m on school transport.
- Physical education classes and breaktime activities cannot include sports with <2m physical distance or where the same equipment is touched by different students (balls, ropes, sticks, etc).
- Disinfect and clean all surfaces daily.
- Contact tracing registers must be set up and identify which children are in each teaching space, record when and who they have contact with during the day if that changes. This includes recording who the adults are in contact with as well as recording any visitors to the site, including parents.
- Ministry staff supplemented by resource teachers continue to support children with learning support needs by phone and Skype.
- Learning Assistants return to school to provide onsite support to teachers and children.
- Limited school transport able to return.
- PPE not required or recommended as necessary in any educational facility by the Public Health Service.
At this early stage it is envisaged that students returning will continue working online under teacher supervision. It could also be very possible that your child will be with a different teacher during this time.
Teachers have been busy developing a remote learning system that best suits their class and syndicate. Each child may or may not be instructed to engage in online learning through any of the below platforms.
Teachers set up a Seesaw portal for sharing, communicating and assignments, which will need a specific link. There is no need to create a new account or try to access Seesaw unless your child's teacher has arranged it.