COVID Phase 3 - email to parents 16 March


Kia ora koutou

I hope you are all keeping well, or as well as you can, as we make our way through this COVID wave. This email provides an update on COVID at UHC, rostering home and a shortened lunchtime trial.

1.   UPDATE ON COVID AT UHC

Thanks to parents and caregivers who continue to inform us of students who are confirmed COVID cases. At time of writing, we have had almost 150 cases notified which includes students who are rostered home from school. There are probably more that we haven’t been advised of. We continue to have shortages of staff, and over 30 have been away from school either from having contracted COVID or being a household contact. I share this information not to panic you into keeping your child at home, but to inform you as members of our community.

2. ROSTERING HOME FOR WEEK 8, MONDAY 21 MARCH – FRIDAY 25 MARCH

We are still not at a staffing level to provide full coverage for classes, so Week 8 will continue to have students rostered home as follows:

Monday 21 March and Tuesday 22 March

At home – Years 11, 12

In school – Years 9, 10, 13

Wednesday 23 March – Friday 25 March

At home – Years 10, 13

In school – Years 9, 11, 12

Any decisions for Week 9 will be made next week and will be dependent on our staffing situation.

3. SHORTENED LUNCHTIME

Over the next two weeks (Monday 21 March – Friday 1 April), we will be trialling a shortened lunchtime in the school. Students are finding the present lunchtime too long, so we are looking at the impacts of making it shorter – by 10 minutes for this trial. 

Period 1 to 4 will remain the same, but lunchtime will start at 1.25pm and finish at 2.05pm for Period 5. School will finish at 3.05pm. The afternoon buses will not change but will arrive at their normal time. 

If you have any thoughts on this, I’d be happy to receive them. 

 

Again, thank you for support, and your understanding as we continue to work through the impact of COVID on our school. I’m looking forward to us getting back to normal. 

 

Ngā mihi nui

 

Judith Taylor
 Principal