COVID-19 Update

This page contains all information shared with parents with regard to the COVID-19 coronavirus. As the situation is changing so fast, the latest information is the most accurate.

 

Friday 5th March

Kia ora koutou parents/caregivers and students
 
On Friday 5 March we were informed that schools will be open for instruction from Monday 8 March. Our move down alert levels provides all of us with certainty that it is safe for all children and young people to physically attend school. Your children’s learning, health and wellbeing is important to us – it will be good for them to get back into the school routine.

I assure you we will continue to follow all appropriate health measures at school including maintaining cleaning and disinfecting practices and encouraging good hygiene standards. We will also continue to remind people to stay home if they are unwell and to seek medical advice.

Students are expected to be at school on Monday. Monday will be Day 2. We will inform students of the requirements to minimise any risk of infection and also of any changes to routines.

The remainder of this message has been provided by the Ministry of Education. It provides clarification about different levels of contact as well as ways to keep ourselves safe.

It has been great to see several days with no new community cases. However, as Dr Bloomfield has clearly stated, new cases are still possible and we need to continue to act with caution and do the right thing to keep our community safe.
 
This document provides information on where you can go to get help, including financial support, as well as details about the different categories of contacts.
 
With new variants and changed requirements for contacts of cases, New Zealand’s COVID response seems to be more complex and sometimes it isn’t clear what “the right thing” actually is.
 
The basics still work
We have a large amount of control over how we can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Even with the new variants of the virus, the most important things we can do remain the same:
 
For our school we will:
  • display QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer app
  • keep our visitor register, attendance register and timetables up to date to help with contact tracing if needed
  • be monitoring for illness and asking anyone who is unwell to remain at home, or to go home
  • encourage people with relevant symptoms to seek medical advice through Healthline (0800 358 5453) or their GP and get tested for COVID if recommended to do so
  • reinforce the importance of good hand washing and drying
  • reinforce good cough and sneeze etiquette
  • clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly
Your whānau will also have good practices to follow to keep yourselves safe:
  • check in using the NZ COVID Tracer app everywhere you go (the sooner you get notified that you were at a location of interest, the easier it will be to keep yourself and your whānau safe)
  • switch on the Bluetooth function on the app (go to the dashboard in the app to do this)
  • always stay home if you are unwell and seek advice from Healthline (0800 358 5453) or your GP
  • get tested if recommended to do so. Testing is free to everyone in New Zealand!
  • wash and dry hands thoroughly and frequently
  • practise good cough and sneeze etiquette
  • regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home
  • wear face coverings on public transport
  • for those of you who think you might have been at a location of interest at the specified time, follow the instructions on the Ministry of Health website or if you are unsure what to do, contact Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice about getting tested
Get your information from good sources
  • The Ministry of Education provides us with specific advice for what needs to happen in schools and early learning services. Some of the rules are different for schools, early learning services and workplaces than the rules you need to follow when we are out and about with people you don’t know. The main one is we have different physical distancing requirements than the general public. That is because we have good systems in place to prevent spread of COVID.
  • The Ministry of Education also has information for parents, caregivers and whānau.
  • The Government’s Unite against COVID-19 website is the main website to go to get great advice.
Āraia te kino and protect yourself, your whānau and your whakapapa.

 

 

Sunday 28th February

Kia ora koutou, Talofa lava
 
With further cases confirmed yesterday, the Government announced that the whole of Auckland will move from Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 3 for 7 days hours from 6am this morning.

This decision was taken for two reasons – first it is not immediately clear how the latest person to test positive got infected and second, that person has visited several large sites while potentially infectious and it will take some time to identify and track down what could be a large number of people.  

Level 3 means stay home to protect your household bubble and if you do have to go out, keep a 2-metre distance from people you don’t know. Where possible you should keep your children home from school for this period. The lockdown has meant that Year 9 camps haven't been able to go ahead at this time. I know this will be disappointing but we will look at what can be undertaken at a future date. All students will be provided lessons on Google Classroom by 9.00am tomorrow.
 
We will be open for those of you who have no other options but to send your children to school and we will have safety precautions in place to look after them.
 
We will activate our online learning plan, please click here to download this. Our priority is to stay connected to you and your children. We will do everything we need to for your children and your whānau.

For all of our community, we need to keep ourselves, family and whānau safe. It’s important we follow the rules.

If you aren’t sure if you have been to a place where someone with COVID has visited – please go to the Ministry of Health website for the ‘Locations of Interest’. Check the date and time of each location listed in the table and if you were there at the same time, go to the right column on the right to see what you need to do.

Look after yourselves. We will endeavour to keep you updated through this medium.

Ngā mihi nui

 

 

Wednesday 17th February (pm)

As you may have heard in the 4.30pm announcement the Covid response level will be reduced in Auckland to Level 2 from midnight tonight and schools will be open for all students from tomorrow (Thursday 18th February).  Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to unite against COVID-19. 

Our move down alert levels provides all of us with certainty that it is safe for all children and young people to physically attend school. Your children’s learning, health and wellbeing is important to us – it will be good for them to get back into the school routine.

I assure you we will continue to follow all appropriate health measures at school including maintaining cleaning and disinfecting practices and encouraging good hygiene standards. We will also continue to remind people to stay home if they are unwell and to seek medical advice.

Students are expected to be at school tomorrow. We will inform them of the requirements to minimise any risk of infection and also of any changes to routines.

For your information, tomorrow (Thursday) will be Day 4.  Friday will also be Day 4 because Athletic Sports has had to be postponed.  The college will follow non-Thursday bell times tomorrow as we will not run assemblies. Parent/Form Teacher/Student conferencing and the Year 9 Parent Evening have been postponed.  We will let you know when alternative meetings will take place.

Hopefully disruption to learning has been minimised through online learning.  We look forward to the students returning.

 

 

Wednesday 17th February (am)

Mōrena

As the college is informed of changes to lockdown levels at the same time as the general public we are unable to clarify when students will be able to return to school.  We will post information about either returning to school or the organisation for continued online learning as soon as practicable after the 4.30pm briefing today.  If the alert level is reduced to Level 2 the college will be open from the first day advised in the announcement.

 

Monday 15th February

Mōrena

To ensure learning can continue for our students the following has been put in place for the next three days:
  • Teachers will be posting work on Google Classroom starting from today. Students need to check their school emails regularly to see the work posted.
  • Teachers have been advised that the quantity of work should be the usual amount to be covered in that time frame.
  • Teachers are requested to have a Zoom meeting with their subject classes on either Tuesday or Wednesday. This will be at the time they normally see the class.
  • There will be a form class Zoom meeting at 9.45am on Tuesday morning. Students need to attend.
  • More information will be posted on the website, Instagram and Facebook when more is known about the duration of the lockdown. Hopefully it is only for three days but we need to plan for all eventualities.
The following school events have been postponed - Year 9 Parents Evening (Thursday 18 February), Parents' Association meeting (Thursday 18 February), Athletics (Friday 19 February), Parent/Student/Form Teacher Conferencing (Tuesday & Wednesday 23 & 24 February). At the moment Year 9 Camps are going ahead.
 
If there are any concerns about access to online learning please contact your child's Dean.
Look after yourselves.

 

 

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