Kia ora whanau,

I hope you are all keeping well in your bubbles and have settled into the Level 4 Lockdown rhythm as best as you can. This is just a quick email to update you on all things school, after the announcement from the Prime Minister today.

School is Closed

As confirmed today, we are still in Alert Level 4, school is still closed until further notice. Please do not use the grounds for any recreation purposes (all gates have been locked).

Distance Learning

Classroom distance learning will continue next week. While we know Zoom will never be able to replace a usual day at school, we appreciate the time to connect with your children. As I have mentioned already, we encourage all students to participate in the Distance Learning programme at your discretion with family well-being always remaining the top priority. Should you find the programme difficult to manage, do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, or alternatively the Associate Principal. We really appreciate feedback and are keen to always review our programmes to best suit our students and their families.

Access to a Device

An exception has been put in place from the Ministry of Health to allow limited staff to return to school to collect devices and distribute them where required. If you need a device please email Cushla Dyson [email protected] by 8.00am tomorrow morning. Unlike previous lockdowns we are not allowed to do any contactless collections at school. With this in mind, in your email please let us know how many you need, your current residing address (where you are staying in your bubble), and a contact number. We will be making deliveries by midday tomorrow, abiding by the contactless regulations that the Ministry has put in place for us.

Access to School Medication

If you require access to your child’s medication that is held at school, please email Cushla Dyson [email protected] by 8.00am tomorrow morning and we will arrange contactless delivery to you using the same process as the devices.

Online Safety

We strongly recommend that you protect your home devices and switch on the safety filter when your children are using them. Below is a message from N4L – Network for Learning is a crown company that connects all schools and kura across Aotearoa to safe and reliable internet through our Managed Network.

A Message from N4L – Switch on Safety filter 

Keeping ākonga safe from the worst of the web while learning online from home is possible with our free safety filter. The filter blocks online threats, phishing scams, adult websites, and other harmful content unsuitable for young eyes. Parents can apply the filter to their child’s learning device by following the instructions here or using this flyer.

Thursdays Next Step Parent Meetings

As you are aware these meetings were cancelled. Much of the reporting information remains in teachers’ classrooms which they are unable to access. It is also unrealistic for teachers to do them via zoom with the number of interviews that require catching up on. Depending on how long the lockdowns last will influence our plans to reschedule. The Next Step Sheets will be posted out to families as soon as we can do so.

Close Contacts

It is highly likely that there will be close contacts within our school community. The result of excellent contact tracing procedures. Please follow public health advice by isolating and getting tested when required. Should we become aware of any link to our school, please be assured that there are very clear guidelines and procedures the school would follow in response to Ministry of Health advice. You would be informed where necessary.

Be Kind, Stay Connected and Take Care

Everyone has unique circumstances that contribute to their experiences during a lock-down. The Ministry of Education has shared with me a range of services still open and available to support you even during Level 4. I have copied them below.

  • Women’s Refuge 0800REFUGE or 0800 733 843
  • Shine 0508 744 633
  • Alcohol and Drug Helpline 0800 787 797
  • Oranga Tamariki call centre 0508FAMILY
  • CADS 0800 367 222
  • Narcotics Anonymous 0800 628 632
  • Alcoholics Anonymous 0800 229 6757
  • Lifeline 0800 543 354 or free text 4357
  • Youthline 0800 376 633 or free text 234
  • Samaritans 0800 726 666
  • Outline (LGBT) 0800 688 5463
  • Depression Helpline 0800 111 757
  • Suicide Prevention Helpline 0508 828 865
  • The Fono West (Social Services) 09 837 1780
  • Counselling Free Call or Text 1737
  • Healthline for COVID-19 health advice: 0800 358 5453

As always, should anything change, you will hear from us.

With best wishes to our community.

Rachael and the CBS Team