Marotiri School Newsletter Alert Level 3
21 April 2020
Dear parents and whanau,
As you are aware, yesterday the Government announced a move into Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm Monday 27 April. There will be a nation-wide Teacher Only day Tuesday 28th April. The school will then open on Wednesday 29th April to receive students of essential workers only if necessary.
To reiterate the Government’s position
Work and learn from home if you can: We still want the vast majority of people working from home, and children and young people learning from home.
Health and safety remain at the forefront of our planning and we need to proceed with caution. For this reason, the school will continue to take a vigilant and informed approach. The Ministry of Education is working closely with health officials to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open to students and staff. We will be operating with the strict enforcement of public health and safety measures. We want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible.
• The overriding principle for Alert Level 3 is that you must stay at home, other than for essential personal movement, the same as a Level 4.
• Parents and caregivers should keep their children at home and maintain distance learning unless you absolutely need to send them to school: i.e. if both parents are essential workers and there is no caregiver at home to look after your child
What Level 3 will look like for those students attending school:
• There will be NO bus transportation
• Children will remain in small groups (bubbles) of no more than 10 and will stay in these groups for the entire day including lunch and other breaks.
• Family members will be in the same bubble.
• Bubble groups will remain the same throughout Alert Level 3.
• Classes during Alert level 3 will not follow the normal school curriculum. Children will continue their on-line learning and be overseen by their regular teacher.
• Your child’s supervising teacher may not be their usual classroom teacher.
• Class bubbles will have staggered morning tea and lunch breaks to avoid contact with other bubbles.
• No access to playgrounds or sports equipment; no physical contact between students
• Stringent social distancing is to be maintained while indoors (1m) and outdoors (2m)
• Students will be required to follow good hygiene processes.
• Staggered arrivals and departures if necessary. The school day will be 9am-3pm.
• Parents must maintain social distancing and not enter classrooms.
• Child attendance must be consistent; not a daily opt in/opt out. Families must advise the principal prior to commencing, of a predicted pattern of attendance if different.
If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness, you must keep them at home. If your child is sick, please ensure you keep them at home along with their siblings. Please seek medical advice about whether a child may need to be tested: strictly maintain your family bubble outside our school environment and maintain great hygiene practices at all times.
For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance while we progress our planning for Alert Level 3. Please continue to connect with your teachers with any questions.
We require all parents to complete the attached school survey, to advise whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person. Please complete by 3pm Thursday 23 April.
Rose Symes (Principal) and Steph Russell (Board Chair)
Please complete by Thursday 23 April.
Thank you for your support - Below is an important response form of 4 questions to complete.
PARENT RESPONSE FORM
Name of Parent:
Name of Child / Children (+Year level)
Please check the following box that applies to your situation.
YES - My Child / Children will continue their distance learning programme from HOME.
My child / children will need to attend school.
I have read the accompanying newsletter and understand the conditions.
Finally, do you have any comments?
Parents and caregivers should keep their children at home and maintain distance learning unless you absolutely need to send them to school: i.e. where both parents are essential workers and there is no caregiver at home to look after your child.
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