In preparation of returning to school in Alert Level 2
Dear Whānau and Families, I hope the move into Alert Level 2 has gone well for your bubble. I know there are a lot of questions that you have, and so, I wanted to update you on a few things before school resumes on Monday, May 18th. One of the most important things you and your child can do, if you haven’t already, is to download our free School App. This is the fastest and easiest way for us to send messages to you, as well as the way for parents and caregivers to ‘sign in’ if you need to come into school.

Attendance at school
Please do not send your child to school if they are sick or have symptoms of Covid-19. If your child is going to be absent, contact the school in the ‘usual’ way.

  • Using the School App to notify us of your child’s absence
  • Calling Student Services (817-8173 ext 234) and either leaving a message or talking to Julie

If you have already been in touch because your child is on the at-risk health register, you do not have to notify the school daily.

School Bus service
HERE is a link to information from the school about the school bus services.

We have had confirmation from our Tuckshop catering company that they will be open for business on Tuesday, May 19th. This means that there will be no food sold onsite on Monday, May 18th and students will need to bring all their food and water with them to school.

HERE is a link to more information about the tuckshop menu and the tuckshop organisation.

Pedestrian entry into the school
During the school day, the Firle Place gate and the top (pedestrian) Stottholm Road gate will be locked after the bell has gone at 8.40am and reopened for the end of the day at 3.15pm. The reason for this is so we can move duty staff away from these two gates and into the high traffic areas (such as the tuckshop) during the school day.

Hygiene, cleaning and social distancing at school
The following statement which comes from the Ministry of Education will form the basis of our messaging for students during Alert Level 2;

“Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. In an Alert level 2 school environment, this means children, young people, and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices (coughing into your elbow, handwashing and drying) and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.”

Good hygiene practices will be reinforced by classroom teachers and by staff on duty during breaktime and lunchtimes.

HERE is a link to information on hygiene and cleaning that was sent out earlier in the week. Though much of it remains the same, we have updated information on the use of water fountains to refill personal drink bottles and hand sanitiser in toilets.

Parents and Caregivers coming onto the school site
We would like to limit all visitors onto the school site. If you need to make contact with your child’s Dean, please do that via email in the first instance. It is important that we are able to track all urgent visitors into the school (e.g. parents/caregivers who are picking up a sick child), and we will be doing that using the School App.

Please ensure you have the School App downloaded on your phone by searching SchoolAppsNZ in the app store or Google Play Store. There will be an app update coming out over the next few days, so before Monday please ensure you have the latest version by checking the app store for an update.

Over the next few days, we will have a new function in the side menu called “COVID-19 Check-In”. We will send out an alert tomorrow with further instructions on how this will work.

Thank you for your support, Fiona Barker