Kia ora e te whānau!

Today, the prime minister has announced that Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 21 September at 11.59 pm for at least two weeks. Ultimately for most of you, nothing will change in regards to schooling. The school is still technically closed under level three except for students whose caregivers need to go to work and do not have any other option but to send them to school.

“Caution” has been the theme of moving to Alert Level 3. This is why it is critical that we keep the students at school to a minimum. They should only be students from families who must go to work now the levels have changed and have no other option for care. This is to keep our bubble at school as small and safe as possible.

If you require your child/ren to come to school during Alert Level 3, please email Cushla Dyson [email protected] as soon as possible, but by tomorrow, Tuesday 21 September at 9.00am, so that we can prepare appropriately. Please adhere to the deadline. We require at least 24 hours notice to ensure we have the appropriate staffing, cleaning arrangements for the class in use and classroom resource arrangements that meet the stringent Ministry of Health guidelines.

Please read below the outline of Alert Level 3 for school.

School Closed
The school will still remain closed until further notice.

Those Students Attending School
Some guidelines for Alert Level 3, please read below.

  • School will be open to you on Wednesday 22 September.
  • Students attending must have informed the school in writing by 9.00am Tuesday 21 September.
  • Your child/ren will be in a bubble of no more than ten students.
  • If we have multiple bubbles, students will have separate bathrooms, break times and staggered movements throughout the school.
  • Students will be supervised at school while they complete their teacher’s distance learning program.
  • Siblings will remain together, and bubbles will have a range of age groups.
  • Staff will likely be wearing masks.
  • Students do not require a mask. It is optional.
  • Parents must wear a mask and come through the gate to the side of the vehicle main front gate to drop their children off. You will need to drop students off at the bottom of the steps  to the school office. If we have multiple bubbles, your drop off area may change. We will inform you of this change should it be necessary.
  • Students must be dropped off between 8.45am and 8.55am and collect students by 3.00pm.
  • There is no after school care provision. SKIDS are not allowed to open.
  • No school buses are running under Alert Level 3.

Access to School Grounds
The school grounds are still closed for everyone else until further notice.

Distance Learning
Classroom distance learning programmes continue as usual. All classroom teachers remain at home planning and teaching their class programme. Students who must attend school at level three will be accessing the same classroom distance learning programme as they would at home.

Class Placement Reminder – Due 1 October
Last week we sent an online version of our Class Placement From. This must be completed by the end of term so we can start preparing classes for 2022. Please click on this link to complete the form online. Class Placement Form 2022

NOTE: No late entries will be accepted as placements get underway very soon after the deadline. If you are having trouble with the form, please email [email protected]

School Holidays Update
While schools are granted flexibility to choose their start and finish date, as long as they are open a minimum number of days per year, state schools do not get to adjust the mid-term breaks. There has been some commentary in the media of a change in holidays. As you may have seen, last Friday we had confirmation from Minister Hipkins that the school holidays remain unchanged. They will begin as planned on Saturday October 2nd, returning to school in term four on Monday 18 October, hopefully in alert level one or two by then!

Extra Support
The Ministry of Social Development has supplied information outlining how they can assist communities with essential costs. MSD has also advised us to help encourage our communities to check what they could be eligible for via this website, https://check.msd.govt.nz/

What’s Next?
As the prime minister made clear, we will be at alert level three until at least Monday 4 October, which falls on the start of the school holidays. Once we have more information about the return to school for term four and what this will look like, you will hear from us.

Staff Video
The latest staff video can be viewed here, something to lighten the mood and entertain! Staff Video

As always, if you have any urgent and important matters you wish to discuss, please email me: [email protected]

We wish you all the very best as we navigate this next alert level change as a community.