Good evening everyone.
We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back onsite on Thursday morning. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will be continuing to support the ākonga who have been onsite at Alert Level 3 while we prepare for re-opening to all on Thursday.
At Alert Level 2 there is low risk of community transmission and it provides us with a lot more opportunities to engage and connect with others. However, there are still a number of public health requirements we all need to follow. Please do continue to monitor your health and do not send your children to school if they are not well (and please seek advice about getting a COVID test).
For us, all the required safety precautions for Alert Level 2 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cough and sneeze into their elbow.
Face coverings are not required to be worn in school. The Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school – just as older children are required to wear face coverings in some other places. The decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected.
If you are not sure what all the rules are for alert level 2 when you are out and about, then the following information may be useful to you:
• COVID-19 Alert Levels summary table
• COVID-19 Alert Levels detailed table
Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s kaiako or me if there is something you need assistance with. See you Thursday!
TURUA SCHOOL: MOVING TO ALERT LEVEL TWO
Below are the detailed guidelines to assist in maintaining required Health practices at level 2.
DROP OFF (a.m.) & PICK UP (p.m.)
• All drop off areas are open to parents, caregivers, and whanau.
• Parents may come onsite, if necessary, but no parents are to enter any classrooms. All entry must be through the Raratuna Street gate and scanning is required. (Codes are on classroom windows of the junior block).
• 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. Mask wearing is highly recommended.
• 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.
CONTACTING & APPOINTMENT WITH TEACHERS, PRINCIPAL AND DEPUTY PRINCIPAL
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.
VISITORS ON SITE
• 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
• 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.
o Phone: 07 8675003
o E-mail: email@example.com
o 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.
SICKBAY & SICKNESSES
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:
o 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.
MASS GATHERING GROUPS ON SITE
• 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.
INSIDE OUR LEARNING SPACES
• 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.
OUTSIDE ENVIRONMENTS, PLAYGROUNDS & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES (e.g. sport or PE)
• Break times will be the same for all onsite students.
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
• 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:
o Keep accurate records of students using the various school bus services.
o Provide transport providers with accurate bus lists.
PRE-SCHOOL CLASSROOM VISITS
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.
• 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.
SPORT & INTER-SCHOOL EVENTS (e.g. Cross country, athletics, etc)
• 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.
FIELD TRIPS, CAMPS, ETC
Subject to confirmation.
• These can resume onsite
• 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).
• Assemblies – not until further notice.