March 23, 2020 – IMPORTANT
Kia ora Parents / Caregivers / Families / Whanau
I sincerely hope this email finds you healthy and well.
As a school, we heard the news break about NZ moving to Alert Level 3 this afternoon like everyone else and have had to respond quickly to the new regulations stated by our Prime Minister.
So what happens next?
Because we are now ‘Alert Level 3’, schools are only open to students that have parents who are essential workers eg emergency personnel, teachers, truck drivers, service providers etc. A list of essential businesses can be found here – https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-system/
Therefore, we will be open tomorrow and Wednesday but for limited students only.
From midnight on Wednesday, NZ moves to ‘Alert Level 4’ and all schools will be closed from Thursday 26th March onwards. Your child’s teacher will provide home learning tasks to keep children engaged and learning (as much as possible). You can expect more information about this over the next day or so.
School Holidays – Brought Forward
School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week period. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools).
At the end of the school holidays, schools will be open for distance learning (homelearning) but not physically open for staff to work at the schools.
Please note the instruction to stay home (Alert Level 4) will continue beyond the new school holiday period but schools will be technically open for distance instruction. Teachers will be working offsite.
I will be back in touch with you again tomorrow with more detailed information about homelearning, in the meantime, please be sure to take good care of yourself and others. Kia kaha Clearview families!
March 20, 2020
Dear Parents / Caregivers / Whanau,
The purpose of this communication is to:
- Keep you updated around the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic based on information we have received from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health.
- Remind you of what we are doing to ensure your child(ren’s) safety remains a priority during this time.
The information in this communication is up to date as at the 20th March 2020 at 9:30am. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell, have a cough and / or have a temperature over 38 degrees
Recently, the Prime Minister announced that travellers who have arrived or returned back into New Zealand in the last two weeks should be self-isolating, even if they arrived before it became a requirement. We would really appreciate it if you adhere to this request if you have recently arrived back from overseas.
Reminder – schools are to remain open
At this stage, the Ministry of Education is not expecting widespread school closures. They are planning for temporary closures, like what is happening at Logan Park School in Dunedin but as the World Health Organisation has confirmed, the risk to children remains low and parents should continue to send their kids to schools and early learning centres.
Any decisions about school closures will be made on a case by case basis. In the meantime, unless learners are unwell themselves, then you should keep sending them to school as these environments continue to be safe and the best place for them to continue their learning.
If there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform me about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you
If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.
If our school does need to close temporarily, we have a plan in place to support student’s learning.
Preventing Risk – key messages and what we are doing:
- Try and avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing.
- Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly: before eating or handling food, after using the toilet, after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses, after caring for sick people.
- We are continuing to talk to our learners everyday around the importance of handwashing.
- Our cleaning company are using products which are effective around killing bacteria, viruses and pathogens.
- We also have a small team of parent volunteers who are visiting school during the day to clean high traffic areas.
- Large gatherings such as sporting events, assemblies and team huis have been canceled.
- We strongly recommend the use of personal drink bottles and to avoid using drinking fountains.
- Hand sanitizer is available in all spaces and being used frequently throughout the day.
- All shared devices are being cleaned and disinfected regularly
Up-to-date information and advice
A reminder that information and advice for students, whānau and the education sector is available here
There is also really useful information from the Ministry of Health here
Thank you you very much for your continued support and understanding of this current situation. It is very much appreciated. Please take care.
March 17, 2020
Dear Parents / Caregivers / Whanau,
There has been a lot of talk in the media about COVID-19, border restrictions, mass gatherings, school assemblies and school camps in the last 24 hours. We are wanting to reassure you that we are responding to the advice from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. We have a Pandemic Plan in place and we are following this diligently.
Here is a separate article with all up to date information about COVID-19 (as of today 17 March). This can be viewed here.
We are following the recommendations from the Ministry of Health regarding safety measures to limit the risk of exposure and transference of COVID-19. At this stage we have placed an emphasis on the following:
- Awareness – Knowing the symptoms and where to get information from (we recommend MOH website)
- Vigilance – Staying away if unwell (students and staff)
- Good Hygiene – Promoting regular hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette.
Our staff are supporting students to follow good hygiene practices regularly throughout the day. We have a lot of supplies of tissues and hand sanitiser throughout our school. Our cleaners are doing a wonderful job at cleaning all hard surfaces including door handles on a daily basis.
It’s important for us to keep our routines and maintain a calm approach to daily school life. We are prepared and we are continuing with our normal learning programmes.
Thank you very much for your ongoing support. We will keep you updated with more information as it comes to hand. In the meantime, please take care of yourself and others and stay safe.
Ngā mihi nui
Principal / Tumuaki