COVID-19 UPDATE - 12 August 2020

Email sent to all parents and caregivers - Wednesday 12 August 2020


Kia ora Parents and Caregivers

I hope you are all well, and adjusting to the new COVID-19 situation we find ourselves in. While it isn’t a surprise to find ourselves at Alert Level 2, we were certainly enjoying life as normal at Level 1. This email is to give you a quick update on what is happening at school and where the change in Alert Level is having an effect. At Alert Level 2 it is safe for all students and children to attend school.


Precautions at school

Students who are at higher-risk of severe illness are encouraged to take extra precautions when leaving home. If your child is unwell, please keep them at home – if they present as unwell at school we will assess them and, if required, request that a parent or caregiver comes and picks the child up. 

We have acted quickly to ensure we have appropriate precautions throughout the school - good supplies of soap and paper towels in student bathrooms and breakout spaces, hand sanitiser in key areas, and posters reminding students of good hygiene practices and cough/sneeze etiquette. The QR posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App are displayed and all visitors to the school are asked to sign in at the Main Office.

The canteen and the Library are open with their own precautions in place. Masks are not required at schools (at this point), but we are respectful of those who prefer to wear one.

 

Sport

We have had a large number of queries about sport. We will have official confirmation on all weekend sports by Friday 14 August lunchtime. Until then we can continue to practice and train. The UHC Alert Level 2 Sports Response Plan has been reactivated, and key points are as follows:

  • All cancellations, should they happen, will be advised via Facebook, Instagram, email and text message.
  • At all indoor home games (Badminton, Basketball and Premier 1 Netball), there will be no spectators. Visiting teams will only be permitted to bring in spectators that are required for the transport of their players.
  • We ask all spectators attending fixtures on our playing fields to maintain 2m social distancing and to please use the NZ COVID Tracer App. QR codes will be displayed at focal points around the school, including external Gym windows and several points where spectators are likely to see them. 
  • The Sports Department will notify teams that are travelling to away venues on the required process/protocol of the school they are visiting.
  • All coaches have been instructed on the appropriate health and safety processes for students and equipment. 

 

Other

All teachers have been asked to check that they (and students) are prepared should we move to Alert Level 3 and we return to [email protected] This means that the Google Classroom for each class is active and students are able to access it. Are you ready for [email protected] if we get to that point?!

 

I’d like to take this opportunity to let you know that we have a Mid-Term Break on Monday 31 August and school will be closed on this day. 

I will keep you informed as things change and as we get further information from the Ministry of Education. At this point, we are working to keep things running smoothly at school although we are very mindful of the increased focus on COVID-19 and that this will be a affecting a number of our students. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact their Ako Teacher in the first instance.

If you have any questions or concerns about this information, please don’t hesitate to contact me – [email protected] I will be in touch soon and will have more details for you then.

 

Ngā mihi

Judith Taylor

Principal