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Level 2 details – Play it Safe!

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May 12 2020

Kiā ora e te whānau

It is so great to move onto the next chapter and move forward with life at Tawhai School under Alert Level 2.

Firstly, please keep in mind school is open this week for Alert 3 bubbles only and will reopen for the remainder of our students on

Monday 18 May 

The Ministry of Education has allowed Thursday and Friday as a time for all teachers to ensure they have a clear understanding about the Level 2 protocols and have time to set up their classrooms etc. Teachers will continue to provide their distance learning programme for these two days.

We are so very excited about having all our children back, so please, unless your child is unwell, send them along to school on Monday. There are going to be a lot of fun things happening to help our children feel safe and happy back at school. Teachers will also be sharing important health and hygiene routines that we do not want your child to miss out on.

We acknowledge that there may be parents and children who are anxious about the return to school, please know that wellbeing is our first priority and the Ministry of Education is working hard to support schools to ensure the transition back to school is a successful one.
Although we want to see all of our children back, we do understand there may be some cases where children will need to remain at home under Alert 2. Please email me asap karen@tawhai.school.nz if this is the case.

Below is a link to a comprehensive document about how we are going to implement the MOE guidelines but the key messages are:

Operating under Alert Level 2 means we want……

  • To minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place – There is no bubble concept at Alert Level 2 so there are no restrictions on groups of children mixing with others on site.

    Children will be encouraged to be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

    Share this fun video with your children Moist Breathe Zone

    School staff will be observing children on arrival into the classroom checking for symptoms and ask those presenting as unwell to go to the office. Kelly will follow up with parents if required. For more details on our hygiene practices please refer to the doc.

  • To ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone at school  is infected:Parents will be asked to drop children off at the school gates from 8:30am (unless they are registered in Kelly Club).

    I will be at the front gate to welcome children from 8:30am each morning and Sharon Boese or Lynley Poole  will be at the back gate. All teachers will be in classrooms by 8:30 am. If parents do need to come on site, physical distancing of 2 metres is recommended from people they don’t know (to align with public health measures outside the school grounds).

    Class contact lists will be kept in the classroom for parents/teachers to tick.

    We ask that parents leave the classroom by 8:55am so that children can settle with their teacher and peers as quickly as possible. ALL parents and caregivers who come on site need to be noted on the classroom contact list or if they go into the office, in the register at the office

    At the end of the day, to reduce congestion, parents will be invited to pick their children up from 2:30pm. Please make your way to the classroom and wait at a distance from the classroom. Teachers will be on the lookout, mark the contact list when they see you and release your child into your care.

    Any children remaining at school at 3pm will make their way to the gates and leave school as normal.

    Parents are encouraged to refrain from gathering in the courtyard area at either end of the day.

Here is the link for more information……… Level 2 protocols

 

If you have any questions that you would like clarified please feel free to contact me.

 

Just a wee reminder…………School Devices

If you have borrowed a school device during the lockdown period please ensure it is returned with your child on Monday.

I will be in touch again with any new information or updates from the MOE, until then keep talking with your children about the positive and fun return to school next week.

Ngā mihi nui

Karen Poole