Kia ora whānau
Firstly, a massive thanks for managing learning at home this week. We were all able to swing into action quickly and get underway. I can appreciate the stress of working at home whilst trying to manage young children. Hopefully, some relaxation is in order this weekend!
A big thanks also to the Chelsea team, who never fail to amaze me with their flexibility and their commitment and deep care for our community. It’s a privilege to work alongside you.
For the coming week, we will be at Alert Level 2. I probably don’t need to refresh any memories, seeing as it was just two weeks ago that we were in the same position! In saying that, it doesn’t hurt to have a skim through.
One of the key issues we seem to have in Level 2 is that many learners forget their drink bottles. As the fountains are off, this means that we have to provide these children with a plastic water bottle which is not ideal. Please have a double-check that your child has packed a drink bottle before they leave for school in the morning.
If you borrowed a device, or school readers, please return these to the baskets at the gates. We will need to clean these before they are popped back into classroom sets.
Entering and Exiting the School Grounds
At Alert Level 2, we will be moving back to drop-offs at the gate and encouraging parents not to come onto our school site unless there is a specific need to do so. Some reasons that parents may choose to come onsite, may be around children who are experiencing anxiety or settling brand new learners into their classrooms. It is critical that contact tracing procedures are tight, so anyone who enters the grounds will be asked to sign in. This also means that gates will be locked until 8.30 am and again after 3.15 pm.
Every visitor (anyone who is not a staff member or a student) must sign in and out when they enter and leave the grounds (using the same gate). We would ask please, that if your child is confident and capable of getting to their classroom, that you say your goodbyes at the gates. Older siblings could also be an amazing support here.
Arrival to School
Drop-off in the morning will happen between 8.30-9.00am as usual. Drop-off is easier to organise because of the staggered nature of arrival to school.
The pedestrian gates that we will be opening are
- Gate A: Chelsea View Entrance
- Gate B: Chelsea Kindy (please don’t park in the Kindy carpark)
- Gate C: Driveway Gate (top court by the swimming pool)
- Gate D: Gate by Mr Maddock’s shed (by the Onetaunga Crossing)
Any parents coming onsite from these gates will need to sign in and out on our registers. We will have a member of staff at each gate to help with this.
The main driveway gate (drop off) will be open for parents to drive through and drop their children in the mornings.
Leaving the grounds in the afternoon (3 pm)
Our Y0-2 learners (who don’t have siblings to collect them) will be taken to your preferred gate by Kākano and Pakiaka teachers ready to be picked up at 3pm.
Older siblings will be released from class at 2.50 pm so that they can collect younger brothers and sisters and then move as a family group to the gate you have indicated.
Please help us by having a conversation with your child/ren so that they are crystal clear about where they are to meet you. If your child usually walks or bikes home, they can continue to do this.
What you can do to help make this transition easier:
- Talk to your child about what school will look like during Alert Level 2 – while we are allowed back onsite, we are saving hugs and touching for our families and we are being extra careful about catching sneezes and coughs along with washing and sanitising hands. We are also not sharing food.
- If your child is sick, please keep them at home until they are better. If they are showing respiratory symptoms, please get in touch with Health Line or your GP to seek advice.
- Please make sure that your child has a named drink bottle, as the water fountains have been turned off.
- Know where you’ve been and who you’ve seen – this would be critical in the event that we have a confirmed case at Chelsea.
Hopefully, we will be moving out of Level 2 very soon!
At Level 2 gathering sizes are limited. This means that assemblies and other events will be postponed until we are back at Level 1.
If your child will be absent, please use the usual channels to let the office know.
Chelsea Primary School