17 March School Newsletter
The Ministry of Health and Education is continuing to update schools on CONVID-19. The current information is that schools can stay open and it is business as usual for now. We will follow this advice until we are informed otherwise by the Ministry of Education. We have updated our pandemic plan which you can find on our website. Click here to read. As a precaution we have cancelled assemblies and hui as the advice is to avoid gatherings where people are in close proximity to each other. We will continue to review.
Preventing the risk You can take some simple steps to help stop the spread of diseases like COVID-19:
IF YOUR CHILD IS UNWELL DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL
Avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses.
Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing.
Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly:
before eating or handling food
after using the toilet
after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
after caring for sick people.
Self-Isolation from Overseas Travel for the whole family
If anyone in your family has recently returned from overseas from a destination with travel restrictions and is in self-isolation in the family home, then please keep all of your children at home as a part of this self isolation.
Establishing a Travel Register for Staff and Students
Please let the school office know by email or phone if anyone in your family has overseas travel plans between now and the end of Term 3. This will help us to plan for the following two-week self-isolation that will needs to occur upon their/your return to NZ.
Planning for Home Learning/Distance Education
Finally, we are taking the possibility of school closures sometime in the coming weeks/months as a very real situation. If school closures were to occur, we would make every effort to provide a home learning/distance education programme (via internet) for your children. We will be working to come up with strategies and actions should this eventuate. Online tools such as Seesaw, Hapara and Syndicate websites will be relatively easy for us to set up online learning. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you all informed as information comes to hand. Click here to access the Ministry of Health website which has the most current information on it.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact me (Craig) directly. Thank you.