Covid-19 and School at Level 2
Guidelines for Whanau – Wednesday 13th May
The Government has announced that New Zealand will move into Alert Level 2 from Thursday 14th May, and school will reopen for all students on Monday 18th May. We are all very excited to be welcoming our children back to school! Please be assured that we are following public health requirements for schools at Alert Level 2, and therefore have systems in place to support an increased level of hygiene, cleaning, and contact tracing. This update includes some points to support the transition of our children back to school and guidelines for parents.
Transition for children
Before your children come back to school, please talk to them about how things will be a bit different than it was before the lockdown at Alert Levels 3 and 4. We understand that they will be experiencing a range of emotions at this time: anxiety, grief, excitement, anger or relief. Our teachers have been preparing for this, and they will respond with kindness and empathy. School will be a really good place for our children to be, to work through these feelings with their peers. The learning programmes are being adjusted to support the transition of our children back to school for the first few weeks on their return. Our teachers are amazing, and they will be a wonderful source of support for your children
Without over-reassuring, it will be helpful for you to remind your children of the positive things about going back to school. Remain calm and positive yourselves, even if you are not feeling that way. Because your children will be watching you and picking up on your emotions.
The following points are some things you could explain to your child to help prepare them for school at Alert Level 2:
- While adults need to stay one metre apart, the rule is a bit different for children. They do not have to stay one metre away from their peers; however, they are asked not to touch each other and not to get in someone else’s breathing space. They will be gently reminded of these things at school.
- Children will be directed to a hand wash station on arrival at school (we have four stations), and then a hand sanitiser whenever they enter their classroom space.
- They will be washing their hands before and after heading out to play, as sport and use of playground equipment will be allowed.
- Children will need a drink bottle filled with water each day, as the drink fountains will not be in use.
- Bus children will be spaced to one child per seat, except in the case of siblings, and no one will be allowed in the seats closest to the bus driver.
Important information for parents
- At Alert Level 2, students will not be permitted inside the school gates prior to 8:10am each morning. Please do not drop them off outside the school before this time.
- Parents are requested to stay outside the school gates when dropping off or collecting students, to ease congestion and queues at these busy times.
- New Entrant students may be dropped off at their classroom by their parents as long as they have been through the hand wash station between Pod 1 and the Learning Centre, register their arrival (prior to visiting the classroom) and departure at the school office. Spacing of one metre is required for adult queues at the school office. Parents and visitors who do come onto the school site will be required to register their visit at the school office on arrival and departure in order to meet our contact tracing requirements at Alert Level 2.
- Parents may arrange an early pick-up time by contacting the school office.
- Sick children must stay home. If a sick child comes to school, we will be sending them home. If a staff member or child becomes unwell with COVID19 like symptoms during the school day – they are to go home, remain home, and seek medical advice; GP, Healthline, or get tested. If there is a probable case of Covid-19 in the school, it must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours, to allow for contact tracing and cleaning, and then once confirmed, potentially for another 14 days. The school will only close on instruction from public health – it is not a decision the school can make itself. Parents will then be informed by email and a notice will go on the website home page.
- Please contact the school office if you wish to make an appointment to see a teacher or to make a new enrolment. Enrolment forms are available to download from our Hurupaki School website, and may be emailed to our school office along with a copy of the child’s birth certificate and proof of address.
- The bus will run as usual, with contact tracing and distance protocols being observed.
- Hurupaki Educare will run as usual, with contact tracing, hygiene and distance protocols in place.
- Those wonderful parents who had been volunteering their time to help at school on a regular basis prior to Alert Levels 3 and 4 will be advised at a later date, as to when and how this might resume.
- Children must be dressed warmly, bring a rain coat, morning tea, lunch, and a water bottle each day. We will advise when bought lunches resume.
- Teachers will continue to provide learning plans to support our children who are unable to return to school. These may be found through the Pod link on the homepage of the website – (scroll down this page).
Thank you for your support with the measures outlined above. It will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet in order to keep our community as safe as possible. I will keep you updated as any further information becomes available. However, I am aware that there is media overload at the moment, and will only communicate as it becomes necessary. If you have any concerns, please contact the school office.
Stay safe, stay calm, and be kind
The next Board meeting is being held online via Zoom at 4:00pm Tuesday 19th May. Please email the school if you wish to join and a login will be sent.
For the “Covid-19 and School at Level 3” update, please click here
Covid19 Learning at Home
Guidelines for Whānau – Hurupaki School Distance Learning
- Make time for fun, view learning timeframes flexibly, and have a balance between online and offline learning during this time. Even though the learning might be received online that doesn’t mean everything needs to be done online.
- Teachers will be online between 9:30am and 12:30pm each day, Monday to Friday.
- Check your emails/Seesaw every day and reply if necessary.
- We hope to use zoom or google hangouts for meetings with year 4-6 children, as well as phone calls, texts or emails for general communication. Let the teacher know if you need help.
- Remember teachers will be with their families too, so know they will respond to your emails and give feedback as they can.
- The Ministry of Education is providing many resources to support families with distance learning during this time. This includes a pack of physical resources that we hope each of our students will receive. Children without a device to use at home will hopefully receive a Hurupaki School chromebook to borrow. The ministry has also provided a helpful website https://learningfromhome.govt.nz to support families with lots of ideas. The Maori television channel will be a great resource during this time, as will a new learning television channel which can be found on TVNZ channel 2+1 (Freeview channel 7), on TVNZ OnDemand, as well as on Sky Channel 502. It is well worth a look.
- Before getting your child to use a device, remember to discuss internet safety. Agree with your child about what they can and can’t do online. Regularly check the sites and apps your child is accessing and who they are talking with. Remind your children that anything they post online will be permanently on the internet. It is a good idea to have children use the internet in an open, common area of the house. Netsafe is available to provide support around online safety. To report an incident, go to https://www.netsafe.org.nz/reportanincident/ . If you think your child is a victim of online exploitation, report it to the police. You can also sign up for Switch On Safety, a free service that filters out the worst the internet has to offer. Go to switchonsafety.co.nz to find out more
- Put your health and the health of your family first. Give time for the 5 daily mental health practices; applicable for children and adults:
- CONNECT – talk and listen to each other, build relationships with those around you
- GIVE – your time, your words, your presence; do something nice for your family, a friend, a stranger
- TAKE NOTICE – be curious
- KEEP LEARNING – embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself
- BE ACTIVE – do what you can; enjoy what you do; move your mood.
It is a good idea to form some kind of daily routine when possible. This is up to you but could look like:
9:00am – 9:30am Get moving, do something that gets your heart rate up, then have a snack and a drink so you are ready to learn.
9:30am – 10:30am Learning time, choose and work on up to two activities from the online and/or physical learning pack/list/menu. Connect with your teacher online- e.g. email or google docs, and be punctual for any arranged zoom meeting or the teacher could phone or text about your learning.
11:00am – 12:00pm Learning time (same as above but may include some passion project time)
1:00pm – 2:00pm Free learning, explore curiosity – things you are interested in; explore creativity – make or create something; explore skills – practice a skill that you would like to get better at.
Optional activities, play outside, cooking/baking, play games with others in your bubble, watch learning channel on television, construct, read, draw, sing, dance and create.
Links to distance learning activities for each pod:
Learning at Home – Pod 1
Learning at Home – Pod 2
Learning at Home – Pod 3
Learning at Home – Pod 4
Learning at Home – Pod 5
Learning at Home – Pod 6
Learning at Home – Pod 7
Here are the links to each pod’s blog page – some pods are posting the activities that students are doing during the lockdown:
Hps Pod 1 Blog
Hps Pod 2 Blog
Hps Pod 3 Blog
Hps Pod 4 Blog
Hps Pod 5 Blog
Hps Pod 6 Blog
Hps Pod 7 Blog
Many of you will have seen the item on Seven Sharp with Nigel Latta, reinforcing our message that well-being and mental health is your main priority. It’s worth a watch if you haven’t seen it already – you can watch it here: How to cope with kids learning at home during the lockdown
Thank you for your support. Stay safe and take care of each other. Kia kaha.
Rob Posthumus (Principal), the Hurupaki School Board of Trustees and teachers.
If you are in zone and have just moved into the area with school age children or have a child who is turning five, please download the enrolment form from the website here or request an emailed PDF copy from firstname.lastname@example.org, Please complete the form and return it along with a photo or scanned copy of your child’s birth certificate. Once your child is enrolled we will pass the family’s contact details onto the relevant teachers who will make contact with you to support your child’s distance learning and we will look forward to meeting you all once the lockdown is over.