Good evening everyone.
I am sure you will have seen the announcement tonight of the return to Alert Level 2 from midnight tonight until midnight Wednesday 17th February. I have outlined the Health and Ministry guidelines again below that we are required to follow.
The guidelines are very detailed but we are required to be thorough in our organisation and upscaled Health and Safety practices. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me at school.
TURUA SCHOOL: MOVING TO ALERT LEVEL TWO
The overriding principles for Alert Level 2 are:
- to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place
- to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school or early learning centre is infected
- understand that Level 2 is not business as usual
- All drop off areas are open to parents, caregivers, and whanau.
- Parents/Caregivers will not be allowed on site under Alert Level 2, unless for a reason set out in our “Visitors” section.
- The collection entry under level 2 is Raratuna Street. Parents may park at the front of the school but all students will exit through the Raratuna Street gate for now.
- Maintain physical distance (2m is a guide for distance particularly between adults) from other members of the public at all times. Please be respectful of this as it is the ‘most likely’ chance of Covid-19 spreading within our community.
- Please say goodbye to your children at the drop-off area when dropping students off before school.
- Please wait in your parking space for your children to come out to you after school. Staff will be monitoring the pick up areas in the afternoons.
- Students are not to be onsite before 08:15 am and must be picked up by 3.10pm unless attending AfterSchool Care.
It is of utmost importance that our whanau and caregivers keep in touch with staff about the well-being and learning of their child/ren at all times. The way this is set up will look very different to the past to minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19.
It should be noted that staff may be on duty, in meetings, busy with preparation for class, supporting students or teaching and will therefore not be available or respond immediately to phone calls, e-mails, etc.
Please consider the following if you need to get in touch:
- Urgent face-to-face appointments can be made with staff by either phoning the school office (07 867 5003) or emailing to organise a time. However – Anyone with respiratory symptoms should not enter the school premises.
- General teaching and learning inquiries: please email your child’s teacher and they will endeavour to respond within 24 hours during the weekdays.
- Staff will return messages received by phone at a convenient time.
- Zoom or Google Meetings are available and will be organised at a time convenient to both parties.
- The school is obliged to eliminate transmission risks and required to maintain a Visitor Register for contact tracing.
- Anyone with respiratory symptoms should not enter the school premises.
- Onsite visits are restricted to urgent face-to-face matters only.
- All visitors must report to the school office and not enter any learning spaces at all.
- Safe physical distance must be maintained at all times.
- The marked physical safety distance must be maintained in the administration area.
- Couriers/Deliveries – All deliveries to be contactless
- Appointments with staff – See above in guidelines.
|Uniforms / Accounts||Picking up your child during school hours|
|· Please ring or email Maree with your queries.|
|· Please phone to let the office know what time your child will be picked up and by whom.|
· Please come to the school office to collect and sign your child out.
· Please do not enter the learning spaces when collecting your child.
- Our daily attendance roll will be used for contact tracing purposes.
- It is of utmost importance that whanau and caregivers contact the school office before 09:00 a.m. to notify the school of an absence.
- Phone: 07 8675003
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.turua.school.nz/
- Please do not send an e-mail to the teachers as classrooms are busy places and messages may not always be passed on to the office.
- It will save our admin staff lots of time if parents/caregivers contact the school before the school has to phone each case not notified by the parent/caregiver.
The message is very clear from the MOH and MOE that students are to remain at home when ill, even if not necessarily related to Covid-19:
- School staff will be observing students on arrival into the classroom checking for symptoms of illnesses. Symptoms to monitor for are any respiratory symptoms such as a cold, a head cold, blocked ears, cough, sneezing, chills and a fever. Anyone with those symptoms should stay home and contact Healthline for advice, which may include getting tested for COVID-19 as a precaution.
- Anyone with respiratory symptoms (listed above) should not enter the school premises.
- Students presenting as unwell will be asked to go home (or arrange for parents and caregivers to come and pick up).
- A register will be kept of all such cases.
- Students may return to school when fully recovered, or with a medical clearance certificate from a doctor.
- Principals at state and state-integrated schools have authority to preclude a student from attending if they believe on reasonable grounds may have a communicable disease under section 19 of the Education Act.
- Staff will continue to treat students for minor injuries, e.g. cuts, stubbed toes, bee stings, etc.
- “And it is important that parents fully support this approach by doing their bit – keeping children home if they are unwell and seeking medical advice about whether a child may need to be tested; and ensuring great hygiene practices at all times.” Dr Caroline McElnay – Director, Public Health, Ministry of Health
- Students and staff may wear face masks and gloves at school if they wish but personal protective equipment is not a requirement in Level 2.
- Personal hygiene practises will be encouraged at all times:
- Wash and dry hands, cough into elbow, don’t touch your face
- 1m inside and 2m outside is a guide for distance, particularly between adults. Practice should be sensible.
- Signage will be displayed reinforcing our hygiene messages
Children at higher-risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (e.g. those with underlying medical conditions, especially if not well-controlled) are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home. Parents, caregivers and students will need to work with the school to develop a plan to manage a safe return to school. Distance learning will continue to be available to those who choose to remain at home.
- Schools, like workplaces are not considered to be gatherings under alert level 2. Therefore, there are no bubbles and no changes are needed to breaks, start and finish times.
- If however a school brings others onsite eg hire out school hall, use of buildings by community groups, or events like school productions, etc, then the mass gathering rules will apply.
- Children are free to sit wherever they choose inside the classroom but will be required to give ‘breathing space’ to those around them.
- Teachers can teach more than one group/class of students
- Devices will be cleaned down regularly.
- Table, desk and bench surfaces in classrooms will be cleaned at the end of each day.
- Commonly touched surfaces e.g door handles, will be regularly cleaned. Cleaning equipment will be available in each classroom space for this purpose.
- Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected after school daily.
- Please note: While “safe physical distancing” is encouraged, it will not be practical at all times. Experience has shown us (by staff onsite during Alert Level 3) that close contact with children will be needed for physical support and during 1:1 learning programmes.
- Break times will be the same for all onsite students, but these will now be structured into smaller units of time to transition from remote learning.
9.00 School start
10.30 Morning Break
2.55 School Finishes
- Physical activities including using shared equipment and in groups can go ahead. Children will be encouraged to wash their hands before and after using equipment, and/or when returning to class.
- Playgrounds, field, court spaces and sandpits are open to all students.
- Play/sports equipment: selected sports gear will be available for student use at morning tea and lunch time. This will be disinfected by staff and students at the end of each break time.
- No Wheel Days during Level 2.
- Bikes may be ridden to school and stored in the bike racks during the school day.
- Water fountains will be closed so students will need to bring a full water bottle to school each day.
- School buses will run as normal, unless otherwise advised by the transport company.
- There is a requirement for accurate contact tracing for all those making use of any school bus service (Murphy’s Buses or any other private bus)
- The school’s responsibility:
- Keep accurate records of students using the various school bus services.
- Provide transport providers with accurate bus lists.
- Parents/Caregivers’ responsibilities:
- Current users: please confirm if your child/ren will be making use of the bus transport to and from school.
- Any students eligible for school transport who are not currently using the buses and wish to start using the service, must notify the bus company and school before traveling on the bus.
- Notify the school of any changes to regular use of bus transport so that school records can be updated.
- If a regular user, parents are to notify the school if child/ren are not on the bus on a specific day.
- Transport provider’s responsibilities:
- Hand sanitisers will be available for each student to use as they board the vehicle.
- Vehicles and surfaces will be sanitised after each journey by the transport company.
- Seats in close proximity to the driver will be left empty.
- Student’s responsibilities:
- Use the hand sanitiser when boarding and disembarking the bus.
- Adhere to the transport provider’s behaviour, H&S and hygiene guidelines at all times.
- Follow the instructions of bus monitors.
- The use of school transport is not a given right. Students breaking the guidelines set by the transport company could be removed from the service by the company.
Pre-school visits will be permitted under the following conditions:
- Minimising the risk to our visitors, students and staff, and contact tracing remains our primary focus during such visits.
- Pre-school visits can be made by appointment only and are limited in numbers to ensure safe physical distancing at all times.
- Only 1 parent or caregiver must accompany a child onsite for pre-school visits while younger siblings will not be allowed to accompany the adult.
- Parents/Caregivers are to report to the office on Fridays between 08:45 a.m. and 08:55 a.m. to sign in and be taken to the dedicated learning space by staff.
- Visiting adults are always to maintain safe physical distancing from each other and all other students .
- The Turua safer hygiene practices are to be followed at all times.
- Regrettably, the child will not be able to join the class for morning tea and play on the playground (as recommended in the past with all pre-school visits).
- If the school brings others onsite eg hire out school hall, use of buildings by community groups, or events like school events, cross country, etc, then the mass gathering rules will apply.
- School sport on site (general public not attending): May go ahead.
- School sport on site (with general public attending): May go ahead, but the mass gathering rules will apply.
- School and inter-school sport offsite: Such events are subject to confirmation. There will be limitations due to the public health measures required and will need specific contact tracing ability of those playing for and against teams. Where people from outside the school may be attending the rules for gatherings will apply.
Subject to confirmation.
- These can resume onsite – to be confirmed with our music teachers
- Will be operating within the same guidelines as Turua School.
CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASE AT SCHOOL
Schools connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing and cleaning. The school could be closed for a further 14 days (but open for distance learning).
ASSESSMENTS, REPORTING ON PROGRESS AND WHANAU LEARNING CONFERENCES
The primary focus for our school will be across a range of areas:
- Setting up and supporting the learning for students who return to school, and those who are continuing to stay at home (online & offline home-based learning programmes).
- Welcoming students who are returning onsite to school and setting up class routines and expectations. After a 6 week break from school, we expect that this could take 2-3 weeks to ensure an emotionally and safe learning environment for all our learners.
- Transitioning students who may be returning to school in the weeks following the opening of schools.
- The emotional and physical well-being of all our students at home and on school site.
To enable the high level of support for all our students, please note:
- All forms of (formative) assessments & evaluations that will inform teachers of learning programmes will continue.
- All forms of assessments & evaluations for “reporting purposes” will be confirmed at a later date
- Reporting to parents written/conferences will also be confirmed at a later date.
- Assemblies – not until further notice.
- If a COVID-19 case is identified at a school or kura during Alert Level 2, affected sites will be closed for cleaning and close contact tracing. This will initially be 72hrs, and then potentially for a further 14days if tests are positive.
- Instruction will revert back to our home-based learning model until our school is cleared to open.