This pandemic alert should be read in the context of the Alert Level 2 Pandemic Plan for CBS (first sent out to parents on 12 May)  Alert Level 2_ Community

The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place and,  secondly,  to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.

Protocols for visiting the school site by parents/caregivers feature highly in requirements at Alert Level 2. Please read and comply in the context that this is in the best interests of everybody on site.

On site schooling starts on Monday 18 May.

School Site Protocols  for each school day:


  • As usual, students are to wait either on the netball court or the area near the front gate until the bell sounds at 8.30am. This signals the time students are to go to class. This is also the time the school takes responsibility for students on site.
  • At 8.55am each day class teachers will remind students of what is required of them in terms of adhering to hygiene practices. Reminding and monitoring will continue throughout each school day. Please see a wonderful video courtesy of Lake Brunner School on the important subject of hygiene   Moist Breath Video


  • Use the safety check process if your child is not going to be at school. (email: [email protected]  phone: 09 410 9553, use the @school app Absence icon)
  • Do not send your child to school if they are even slightly unwell.
  • Please do not ‘pop in’ to have a word to the class teacher as teachers will be devoting their time to meeting, greeting and supervising their students – welcoming them back to on-site schooling and starting the process of bonding as a class again. This is so important and will continue for as long as necessary.
  • Please see section below, (1. On-site registration), for drop off and pick up parent/caregiver registration requirements.
  • The bus bay drop off and pick up system will operate as usual with no need for parent/caregiver registration.
  • Parents/caregivers please exit the school grounds by the 8.55am bell.
  • If you are visiting the school other than at drop off or pick up times you must sign in/register in the office.
  • 042 school bus service: Please see section below, (2. 042 School Bus Service).
  • Please send your child to school with a water bottle. Although the Ministry of Health provides for the continued use of water fountains, out of an abundant sense of caution, and for the time being, these will not be available as we believe it will be too difficult to supervise the use of the fountains given the current climate.
  • Limited online learning will be available during the weeks 18 May – 5 June. As classroom teachers will be teaching on site, online learning will not be targeted to specific classrooms but will be more generic with curriculum options focusing on year levels. Education television will continue to be available.  From Monday 18 May you can access online learning through the CBS Website: under tabs:  Teaching and Learning- Student Sites- Home Learning- Click on date or click on the link below: Home Learning

1. On-Site Registration

The Ministry of Education has provided the following requirement regarding parents/caregivers being on the school site – see below. In order to comply with this requirement we ask your cooperation as follows:

Record on the pre printed forms available at the main school gate, or at the bus bay gate or at the Peter Terrace pathway gate your name  when you enter the school grounds either in the morning and/or in the afternoon. Associate Principals will be at these points of entry/exit. This information will be retained by the school and will only be made available to Public Health should this information be required. Please do not enter the school grounds before 8.15am or before 2.40pm. This process will be a work in progress but is something we are required to do. It is not an option for the school.

Requirement from Ministry of Education:

Do I have to include parents who are doing drop offs and pick-ups in our visitor register?

Yes you do if they come on to school grounds. Contact tracing continues to be an incredibly important part of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19. Recording who comes on-site means you could work with health authorities to identify who had been in close contact with that person, if there was a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 in your school community.

Depending on the age or needs of children and young people, some parents and caregivers will need to come on-site for drop offs and pick-ups. They will need to be captured in your visitor register but you won’t need to ask for email addresses, phone numbers etc, as you should already have that information on file. 

2. 042 School Bus Service

An important message from Auckland Transport:

Following guidance from the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Health and NZTA National Emergency Response Team (NERT) to ensure the safe and practical operation of school bus services under Alert Level 2, Auckland Transport (AT) school bus services will be allowed to operate at full seated capacity, with no passengers standing, with the following three provisions : (1) Vehicle cleaning is undertaken in accordance with Ministry of Health guidance  (2) Passenger lists are maintained to support contact tracing (3) . Hand sanitiser is made available for students boarding and departing the bus.

So, in order to have a full seated capacity on school buses and not the half-seating required on public buses, schools are required to keep an up-to-date register of school students using school buses to and from schools. The register is to enable contact tracing and may be requested if required. (This information will not be shared with Auckland Transport.)

Therefore the school will: Record the name of each child catching the morning and/or afternoon 042 bus. This will be done by a CBS teacher. Hand sanitiser will also be provided.

The Last Word from the School Council and Principal:

We leave you with a short video from the School Council about on site school resuming on Monday   Student Council Video

If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]