COVID-19 advice to parents

Tēna koutou ngā whanau o to tātou kura
Nau mai, hare mai, whakahokia mai ke te wā!

A greeting to all our school families, new and returning.
Welcome back with light and laughter to a new school term.

As all of you will be aware of, all schools will reopen for students on Monday 18th May.
I am sure that most, if not all families, are looking forward to this move towards normal social interactions.
The Lower School staff are all committed to ensuring the most relaxed school environment possible for your children whilst maintaining the health guidelines as outlined by the Ministry of Education.
These guidelines can be summarised as;

• Ensuring that students and staff stay at home if they are sick.
• Encouraging physical distancing where possible, this means, trying to avoid touching others and definitely keeping out of the” moist air zone” of other people.
• Keeping up good hygiene practices in the classroom and school. This translates primarily as washing hands frequently and always before eating and coming into the classroom.
• Keeping a record who comes into the school via accurate student rolls and a visitor register.

From May 18th, attendance at school is expected unless your child is sick. If this happens please let the office know on the day before 9.30 am so we have an accurate roll for the day. Your child being on time also helps with this process.
Children with symptoms of illness such as sore throat, runny nose, coughing or headache will be asked to be picked up by their parents. The exception is when these symptoms are associated with a known allergic reaction such as hay fever. If this is the case, please supply the class teacher on the day with a note outlining the situation.

Physical distance
The teachers will do their best to make the classroom a light and fun environment including communicating the challenge of not touching and not being too close! We ask parents to model appropriate distances when dropping their children off at the gate, however, to keep being their friendly and warm selves regardless!!!

The school will have handwashing stations and hand sanitizer available at the entry to classrooms. Teachers will supervise appropriate hand washing routine for the children, especially before eating and before coming into the classroom.
The classrooms, bathroom and communal spaces will have their surfaces cleaned daily by a combination of teachers and a roster of parents. Anne will initiate this from the office.

Drink bottles
There will be no student cups at school. We ask that each student have a named drink bottle that they will use instead.

Drop offs and Visitor register
Any adult that comes onto the school property is required to be noted in the visitor register. For school parents, this will be a case of noting their name and date at school. The register will be located on a table outside the office.
However, we request that unless there is a pressing reason, all students should be dropped off and collected at the side gate of the school. A teacher will be present at the gate from 3 pm to support this process. During Level 2, all other gates to the school will be closed for adults and students alike and students will enter from the front entrance only.

If you have questions about the procedures of returning to school Level 2. Please get in contact with your class teacher or myself via email [email protected] or via the school phone 022 3089008.

We are all looking forward to seeing you all on Monday. Ma te wā!!

Ngā mihi mahana
Margot D’Hondt
Lower School coordinator

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