Hope you all had a wonderful Easter with your whanau.

Many of you will have seen differing reports in the media about when and how schools will reopen once we move down from Alert Level 4. There is a lot of misinformation out there so I thought it best that you hear it from the horse’s mouth (with the Ministry of Education being the horse!).

The five main points are:
1. No decision has been made yet about when schools will reopen. This decision will be made based on data about the spread of Covid-19 and how we are going in stamping it out. It is unlikely that a decision will be made before 20 April.
2. The very earliest schools would open would be 29 April. And this would likely only be for SOME students, not all.
3. The Ministry (and us) are preparing for several possible scenarios – opening only for staff, opening for essential workers’ children, opening in shifts so that children can stay 2m apart, opening for just senior students, a combination of distance and on-site learning, staggered opening, not opening for a number of weeks etc. We want to be prepared for whatever the decision is once the data becomes clear.
4. There will be ample notice before schools open. They will not be closed one day and open the next. We will be given ample time to ensure that the school has a deep-clean, that our planning for the term is completed and that we put in place any H&S regulations.
5. The Ministry has been VERY clear that we will NOT be moving out of Alert Level 4 early.

Chris Hipkins is, this week, working on guidelines for what Alert Level 3 could look like for schools. We look forward to his guidance on this matter.
If you have any questions, please do let me know. We look forward to reconnecting with you on our first day of Term 2, by distance, on Wednesday 15th April.

Teachers will be available in the morning from 9.45am -11am and in the afternoon 2pm – 3pm. Also teachers will be available throughout the day through Seesaw messages, google classroom and notices. For those whanau who do not have internet, kaiako will make contact with you during the week.

Whaea Jenny and Whaea Viv will also be available during these times if you have any questions.

FREE N4L safety filter for all students

A safety filter that parents can set up on their child’s learning devices from home has been shared. Just go to www.switchonsafety.co.nz to find clear instructions on how to do this.
The free N4L safety filter (by global cyber-security leader, Akamai) blocks websites containing known cyber threats like phishing scams, malicious content and viruses, while also protecting children from content deemed the worst of the web (like adult sites). If you need further information about N4L please do not hesitate to contact me.
Keep safe in your bubble.

Nga mihi
Jenny Bernard