Alert Level 3 Update

Kia ora whānau

We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme has been a success for you so far. We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with but we have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and we thank you for all your support.  It has been great to connect with some of our older learners through Zoom. We miss those faces!

Today, the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April.   We will start to prepare our site from tomorrow and will be open for children who cannot stay at home from Wednesday 29th April.  

The key message is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. 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 also ensure you keep them at home.

Earlier in the week, I sent out a survey link asking you to indicate if you are intending to send your child/ren to school during Alert Level 3.  Thank you to those who have responded. If you haven’t had a chance to do this yet, please use the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QVKZ6PZ

If you have already filled in the survey, but your circumstances have changed, feel free to fill it in again and we will delete your first entry.  Families that we haven’t heard from will be contacted by phone over the next few days. 

In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures.  As you can imagine, the planning of this is massive. To operate ‘school bubbles’ of ten learners is complex in terms of staffing, especially as we will be continuing to deliver distance learning to those at home. Children who are not registered with us as needing to attend will not be able to come onto the school grounds. 

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with health to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. As you will be doing, we want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible.

For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance while we progress our planning for what Alert Level 3 will mean for you and for our school. We will be in touch again soon with more information.

Kind regards

Amanda Douglas
Principal
Chelsea Primary School