Welcome from the Hurupaki School family

Hurupaki School update Thursday 14 October

As you know, Government made the decision to retain our region in Alert Level 3 while health authorities track down contacts, and test and isolate confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. Minister Hipkins has confirmed we will remain at this level until 11.59pm Monday 18 October.

At Alert Level 3 you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement, including going to work and going to school.

We are therefore open on Monday for only the small number of children who need to attend. Our staff on-site will have been tested for COVID-19 before they get back to work.

Please keep your child at home if there is an appropriate carer available. For those of you with no other option, a google form will be sent out later today. This form will need to be completed only by families where parents and caregivers have to be at work on Monday and there is no adult available to look after children. At this point in time – we have only one staff member eligible to return to school on Monday due to the mandated requirement for a negative covid test result.

Hopefully there will be a return to Alert Level 2 on Tuesday, but we need to be prepared for all eventualities. If we remain in Alert Level 3 past Monday, distance learning will be posted on the website homepage for the students by the end of that day. An additional google form would also be sent out for families needing to send their child to school for an extended period.

For those that need to return to school, all our usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes, and keep everyone physically distanced from others as much as possible (one metre inside and two metres outside). We will also keep school bubbles to no more than 10 students. These bubbles will not mix with other bubbles.

Our contact tracing systems will be in place, which includes our attendance register and visitor register, and we will be limiting staff onsite with the majority of our team working from home.

You can also assist everyone’s safety by keeping your child at home if they are feeling unwell and please do contact your GP or Healthline, to seek advice about getting tested.

Stay calm, stay safe and be kind

 

We are required to record all visitors to school grounds, so we ask caregivers to stay off school grounds, and drop children at the gates to reduce congestion in the school office. The exception to this rule is caregivers of new entrant children who are having their visits or have started school this term, and caregivers with appointments to see school staff. These visitors to the school are to please wear a mask, maintain a physical distance of 1 meter, scan the QR code, and sign in at the office.

 

School at Alert Level 2:

  • Children 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 sanitiser whenever they enter their learning space, whānau may provide their own hand sanitiser if they wish.
  • Hands will be sanitised before and after heading out to play, as sport and use of playground equipment will be allowed.
  • Teaching spaces will be kept well ventilated throughout the day with open windows and doors.
  • Events that require larger congregations of children, such as assembly, will be avoided.
  • Higher risk activities such as singing, dancing, sporting activities will take place in well ventilated areas or outdoors with appropriate physical distancing.
  • Children will need a drink bottle filled with water each day, as the drink fountains will not be in use.
  • We are assuming bus children will be spaced with one child per seat, except in the case of siblings, and no one will be allowed in the seats closest to the bus driver. Masks are not required on the school bus
  • Mask wearing is not mandated at primary school for staff and children

 

 Important information for parents

  • At Alert Level 2, students will not be permitted into the school prior to 8:10am each morning. Although a waiting space will be provided, we request that you 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. Parents and visitors who are authorised to come onto the school site will be required to register their visit at the school office on arrival in order to meet our contact tracing requirements at Alert Level 2. Spacing of two metres and mask wearing is required for adult queues at the school office.
  • New Entrant students who have started this term, may be dropped off at their classroom by their parents as long as they have registered their arrival and used the hand sanitiser at the school office (prior to visiting the classroom).
  • 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.
  • Please contact the school office if you wish 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.
  • Educare will run as usual, with contact tracing, cleaning, hygiene and distance protocols being observed. Collection from Educare will follow the same procedure as pick up from school. Please ensure you follow the Educare manager’s guidelines in relation to this.

 

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. If you have any concerns, please contact the school office.

 

Stay safe, stay calm, and be kind

Rob Posthumus

Principal

 

Links to distance learning activities for each pod:

Pod 1        Pod 2        Pod 3        Pod 4        Pod 5        Pod 6        Pod 7

 

Hurupaki School caters for children from Year One to Year Six level.

Hurupaki School’s vision; Learning Today for Tomorrow, is forward thinking and relates to preparing our students to face their future with confidence.  The school has a reputation for developing a life-long love of learning and caring environment where participation and excellence in academic, artistic, sporting, digital, environmental and cultural activities is actively promoted.  Talent and creativity is nurtured and we are proud of the achievements of our learners.

The school’s innovative learning environments are flexible and inclusive in that opportunities are provided for a variety of activities to occur.  We know that all learners learn in different ways, and at different times they may need to work alone or together, sitting or standing, with technology and without it, in quiet spaces or with noise, indoors and outdoors.  There is room for collaborative group-based activities as well as quiet areas for reflection or reading.   The open collaborative learning spaces are used creatively to ensure learning is social, open, engaging and relevant.  The usual teacher to child ratio applies and children benefit from having more than one teacher to support them in their learning space.  Teachers benefit from having the opportunity to problem-solve together.

Students are supported as active learners taking an increased level of responsibility for their learning.  Learning progressions are used to support our learners to know how am I doing?, where and I going?, and where to next?  Hurupaki School is committed to building the necessary foundations of knowledge and competencies to support students with succeeding in life and learning.

School buildings are set within spacious park like grounds containing a solar-heated swimming pool, an extensive adventure playground, an impressive school hall and a continually developing wetlands area.  Our children work hard in their environment to keep it attractive.

The Hurupaki Kindergarten is located on school grounds on the Three Mile Bush Road boundary.  They have an interacting relationship with the school and are able to use our facilities when they wish.