Returning to Level 2
Here it is – a move back into Level 2, for the rest of the week at least. This is something we had all been dreading but knew it could happen again. Here are the guidelines we had in place for Level 2 and we will return to them as quickly as possible. We will do our best to keep your children as safe and happy as possible.
Firstly here are the main Government messages.
Play it safe
You will have more freedom of movement at Alert Level 2, but it’s up to each one of us to keep the rest of New Zealand safe.
These are the most important things that you can do:
- COVID-19 is still out there. Play it safe.
- Keep your distance from other people in public. (Ideally 2 metres)
- If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
- If you have symptoms of cold or flu, call your doctor or Healthline and get tested.
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
- Sneeze and cough into your elbow, regularly disinfect surfaces.
- If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
- Keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen. (Use the COVID 19 Tracing app)
Follow these physical distancing rules:
- Keep your distance in public from people you do not know. (Ideally 2 metres)
- 1 metre physical distancing in most other environments, unless there are mitigating measures. Examples of environments where you should maintain 1 metre distancing include cafes, church groups, gatherings, restaurants and retail stores.
- Take extra care if you interact with people you don’t know, as it won’t be easy to do contact tracing if necessary. These situations include playgrounds, parks, shopping malls or walking along the street.
- Maintain physical distancing where practicable – in schools at Alert Level 2 this means children, young people, and staff maintaining a physical distance, so that they are not breathing on or touching each other.
- Keep track of people that enter your school – through your attendance register, timetable and visitor register.
Level 2 – What it is going to look like at our School?
- Health & Hygiene:-
- We will increase the cleaning of communal hard surfaces, door handles, desks etc frequently. Play equipment will also be wiped down more regularly.
- Every staff member will have their own spray and wipe and cloth to clean communal surfaces.
- There will be one entry door per class, which will have a hand sanitisation station on entry – for use every entry.
- Teachers will be reinforcing and teaching about handwashing, coughing into elbows and staying home if you are sick in any way!
- Students will be given time to wash their hands thoroughly with soap before each break time.
- Soap and hand towels will be regularly replenished in all toilet and class areas, with signs and reminders about the importance of handwashing.
- Any staff member or child with symptoms of a sore throat, raised temperature, coughing & sneezing will be sent home to get well and be tested.
- Social Distancing & Contact Tracing:-
- To limit numbers on site, we ask parents to please drop your children and collect them from outside the fence – spaced 2 metres apart.
- Parents of our two youngest classes – Harakeke 18 & Puriri 5 may have one parent bring your child to the classroom and initially, as we have only a few students, you may enter through the sanitisation station and record your contact details and time of arrival and departure.
- Parents of Year One students if needed and those of students who may have special needs to help them get to school, may enter the school and meet outside classrooms with their teacher aides and classroom teacher. Please communicate with your teacher or teacher aide before this happens. You will also need to complete the classroom contact register.
- Please continue to ring or email the office with requests and pay directly into our bank account – students will become the couriers. If you do need to come in – once again, completing the contact register and hand sanitisation station along with 2m distancing are required.
- Please keep 2m apart – if possible at all times. We will have marks on the pavements as a reminder.
- Hillcrest High School & Berkley Normal Middle School students, along with any other students not enrolled at our school or in After School Care, must stay out of our site and walk around the outside of the fence. They may wait under the cover of the TCC entranceway. We have placed our bike racks by the TCC to make this easier for senior students.
- Gates:– All gates will be open and available for students to access their classrooms to allow greater spread.
- Before school – Students need to go to their own classrooms or syndicate hard cohort areas.
- Choose your gate so your children know where you will be meeting them after school. Teachers may have students spread out near the gates to ease any congestion.
- Please stay in cars if the area is too congested and students can stay on the inside until you are ready.
- The bus will be operating as normal with our usual register being taken. Hand sanitisation will be happening before entering the bus and children will be spaced as best practicable.
- Onsite – staying out of moist air zones:-
- Three mini schools will be operating on site; Taupiri, Pirongia and Maungatautari.
- Play areas will be separated to create more space in the playground and avoid unnecessary mixing of big numbers,
- As per usual there will be no sharing of food.
- All children to please bring their own water bottles to school.
- We will also be operating two staffrooms to allow staff to keep their personal bubbles intact, with the Koromiko – After School Care kitchen being used as well.
- Children will have their own table/desk space and floor space to help keep a reasonable spacing.
- Cross grouping will only occur within Pods and across syndicates only. Tables and desks will be wiped between any changes of students.
- Games will be monitored this week and may then be limited as awareness and guidelines develop.
- Library Books and Readers:- We will have a 72 hour stand-down period for all library books and readers, before they are re-issued to other students.
- Children can bring back all their readers and library books to be put into bins in their classrooms to start our onsite term.
- Here is a cute video clip to watch so all children can better understand about the moist air zone before coming back to school. I will also be doing a welcome video clip before the end of the week to help all children understand what is expected under Level 2.
- Itinerant Teachers:-
- Music Tuition and other extracurricular activities will resume once each provider is checked for their plans and systems. E.g. Piano Tuition with Gill Earwaker will start from Tuesday. Each student will arrive and hand sanitise, with Gill cleaning the Piano down between each student and keep her own COVID Tracing register.
- SPELD will also be starting with Sandy Dougherty and she will be cleaning the area down between each student and following other procedures.
- Before & After School Care:-
- Please text or ring in advance if you will be dropping your children in at the gate for Before School Care.
- After School Care will look a little different as well, with extra classroom areas being used. Taupiri students will be based in Koromiko Tahi. Pirongia students will head to one of the Pirongia classes. Maungatautari Students will be based in Koromiko Toru.
- Playtimes will again be staggered or spaced out in different areas.
- Food preparation will be completely separate and staff will bring pre-prepared sandwiches and fruit to each individual child, who has washed their hands and are seated and spaced out. The 3 S’s will operate – Seated, Separated & Served.
- Seniors – may be allowed to use their devices at certain times if the staff deem it appropriate using specific programs only. e.g.Matific, Mindcraft, SeeSaw, Epic, Code.org, KiwiKids News.
- Pick Up. Please ring or text and your child will be signed out and join you at the usual gate.
Cross Country Tomorrow!
We are still planning for this to go ahead. Our students need to compete to get our teams ready for interschool – if this is able to occur. Unfortunately, we are not able to invite parents onsite to watch. Standing 2 metres apart on the reserve or outside the school grounds on the Devine Roadside – away from where our students are running could be possible but we ask you to be at least 8 metres away from students as many of you will want to be cheering. We will update you if this is even possible or how this develops when staff have more chance to discuss arrangements and possible timing.
What to bring:
Please ensure that students wear their Whanau shirts, suitable running shorts (Skorts are okay along with uniform shorts or any Tamahere sports shorts) and running shoes. We also ask that your child brings a change of warmer uniform to put on after their race, as they may get wet, muddy and cold. Please also make sure your child has plenty of food and water.
I am sorry to limit you all again. This is so sad but for our kids, we will be positive and keep moving on. Take a breath. We can do this! We have done before and we are a fantastic nation of people who care about each other. Kia Kaha.
Please let us know if your children need to be away for your families health reasons.