Coronavirus Updates

Wednesday 12 August – Alert Level 2

Dear Parents / Caregivers / Whānau,

From mid-day today, Clearview Primary will continue its normal school operation, although we must reinstate some health measures to keep ourselves and our community safe from transmitting the virus.   Please take your time to read the following information as it’s crucial in helping us unite against COVID-19.

The overall situation for schools
Public health advice is that schools, early learning services and tertiary institutions are safe to open onsite at Alert Level 2 to all learners. People do not need to return to bubbles at Alert Level 2 and can meet with friends and family. But people need to play it safe and continue to take sensible health and safety precautions.

Signs of unwellness
If your child is showing any signs of being unwell, it is imperative that they be kept at home. Likewise, if we see signs of unwellness at school, parents will be asked to come and collect their child. Please make good decisions regarding sending your child to school if they are showing any symptoms of being unwell like coughing, sneezing, runny nose etc.

Health and safety
There are a number of continuing health and safety messages you can reinforce with your children: • Sneezing/coughing into elbows • Avoid touching faces/eyes/nose • Avoid physical touching, including when playing with other students during break times • Wash and dry hands properly – soap, 20 sec. wash, dry • Sanitise before going outside, sanitise when coming back in. Class teachers will be constantly reinforcing these messages with all students.

Contact tracing for parents and visitors
We need to know everyone who is onsite during alert level 2. Therefore, we will have five contact tracing stations set up at school using our school’s smartphone app as well as some paper registers. These will be located at each entry point into school eg Broadlands Drive entries, Cameron Crescent and Carrick Place. Any parents or visitors who come into the school grounds past these points will be required to register their details each time for contact tracing purposes. All adults must remain outside school buildings if they do need to enter the grounds.

Students may go straight to class when they arrive at school
To avoid any frustration on this matter, parents should avoid coming into school unless it is critical. We would encourage parents to make contact with the school person they need to, in advance, in a non-physical manner through email or phone so we can minimise adult contact on the school grounds. It is every adult’s responsibility to keep our children safe. 

Office hours
The school office will operate normal hours, with some differences. There will be a one-in/one-out process. Visitors to the office will need to wait outside, a suitable distance from others until the office is available. Contactless options for the office still exist. Contactless payments can be made by internet banking, and enquiries made by phone 3477025 or by email to admin@clearview.school.nz .

Five to Nine Cafe
Our school cafe will still be open for business, although orders will need to be placed through the window or via email, Kindo or text.  All orders will be collected from the communal cafe space. Clear signage will be displayed with instructions.

School gatherings
At level 2, public gatherings are restricted to 100 people, so school gatherings such as large scale sports events and school assemblies will not take place. 

School Sport
We are awaiting further updates from Primary Sports Canterbury regarding any upcoming sporting events.

We thank you for your continued support and understanding with all of this. 

Ngā mihi nui
Rob Rush
Principal

Tuesday 11 August – Level Update

Kia ora Parents / Caregivers / Whanau,

Like many of you, this evening I watched the live media conference with the PM and learned that Auckland will move to Level 3 and the rest of Aotearoa NZ will move to Alert Level 2 from 12 mid-day tomorrow (Wednesday).  We are ready for this and have plans already underway to implement our Level 2 health procedures.  A couple of quick messages from the Ministry of Education include:

  • All children and young people can continue to attend their early learning and school site for on-site learning at Alert Level 2.
  • Public health advice is that schools, early learning services and tertiary institutions are safe to open onsite at Alert Level 2 to all learners.
  • The only exceptions are children or young people who are sick and have any COVID-19 symptoms, are in isolation, or are awaiting the result of a COVID test are required to remain at home.
  • People do not need to return to bubbles at Alert Level 2 and can meet with friends and family. But people need to play it safe and continue to take sensible health and safety precautions.
  • We will be implementing a high focus on hygiene practices – our students and staff are used to this.
  • We will need to re-implement contact tracing registers at each entry point into our school.

More information will be shared with you tomorrow once we have further information.

That’s about it for now – we will keep in touch.

Take care and kind regards,
Rob Rush

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