Update- Return to school

Kia ora koutou,

 

Most of you would be aware of the news that schools are now able to open under Alert Level 3 from next Wednesday 17 November.

 

School will look different to usual and many health measures will be in place. We understand that you will have your own views on whether you would like your child/children to return to school. We emphasise that the return to school is only an option and is not compulsory. We will continue to provide home learning options for your children if they remain at home, although this may be at different times and with a different teacher than their own.

 

If your child is attending full time at present they will continue to do so.  For other children returning we are likely to need to manage the numbers of students attending each day to keep everyone safe.  

It is the MOH opinion that even with the Delta variant, the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools is low because of all the public health measures we will have in place. What this will look like:

 

  • we may need to limit the number of tamariki and staff onsite each day
  • we will keep those onsite in separate groups
  • we’ll ensure our classrooms are well ventilated
  • we’ll continue to practice physical distancing where possible.

 

In addition to this, all staff and children in Years 4 and above are required to wear face coverings indoors (unless they have an exemption), and we’ll ensure all staff (and external contractors) who are on site are fully vaccinated or will have had had at least one dose of the vaccine and return a negative weekly test.

What you can do to help:

 

  • stay at home if you or your child is sick 
  • avoid catching up with other parents, children and whānau at the gates 
  • wear a face covering and maintain a two-metre distance from people not in your household bubble
  • get advice from your doctor if you or your child has complex medical needs (and please get in touch so that we can support your child to return onsite, wherever possible)
  • avoid having playdates inside with children from other families at Alert Level 3.

 

In order to help us know how many children will be returning on the 17th please fill out the attached google form.

We will be meeting tomorrow and Friday to examine the safety aspects and classroom arrangements that will need to happen to allow a safe return. Once plans have been finalised we will then let you know the details for the return of your children to school. We will put this out on all our platforms of communication.

 

When you are made aware of the plans, we encourage you to talk to your child about these plans and why this is happening.

 

Please note, we’ll continue to support learning from home for those tamariki who will not be attending onsite.

 

If you have questions or concerns, you can contact our A.P, Jasmin-  jasmin@rosebank.school.nz or your child’s teacher. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rwcQYidBBJakwM3tQ7aRQL4nY9DCqlejKbNJA8a56X8/edit

Ngā mihi,  

 

Paul Pirihi

(Principal)