Yesterday, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.
Kia ora Kingsford Whanau
This means that our school will reopen for all students on Monday 18th May, 2020. Students will be able to return to their usual class, with their usual teacher – no more bubbles.
The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected. Our school has safe and sensible practices in place to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. These include:
Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2 and avoid getting in other people’s ‘moist breath’ zone.
Good hygiene practices
We know that physical distancing is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. If possible, students will need a drink bottle, as due to Alert Level 2 restrictions, drinking fountains will not be available for students.
Keep students home if they are sick
We advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.
We will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe. If you come to school, your presence will be recorded on our contract tracing register.
It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/ If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact me.
We look forward to seeing all of our students back at school next week
Ngā mihi nui