Tuesday 12 October 2021 

Kia ora koutou Birdwood Whanau

 

I am sure many of you will have heard the

Prime Minister’s 4pm broadcast yesterday.

Government has kept with their cautious

approach when responding to COVID-19, and

as a result, we will stay at Alert Level 3 for a bit

longer.

We are proud of how our community has

responded to this outbreak, but the mahi isn’t

yet done. Please continue to follow all the alert

level requirements including staying at home

and getting tested for COVID-19 if you are

feeling unwell, and for your own sake and for

the health of your whānau, please get

vaccinated.

At full Alert Level 3 you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement, including going to work and going to school. We are therefore open once more on Monday 18 October for only the small number of children who need to attend. All our usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 will be in place which include all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means students will be kept in bubbles of no more than 10.

Our staff on-site will also have been tested for COVID-19 before they get back to work and we are moving toward having 100 percent of our staff vaccinated – so we are all playing our part in keeping our community safe.

You can also assist everyone’s safety by keeping your child at home if they are feeling unwell and please do contact your GP or Healthline, to seek advice about getting tested.

We will continue to support all children who remain learning from home through our distance learning programme. You will receive an update from your child’s classroom teacher on Monday October 18 with an outline of the teaching and learning programme for the week(s) ahead.  All students  in Te Whare Kotahitanga will meet for a zoom at 10am on Monday 18th October. 

While we know how difficult it is trying to work from home as well as support your child’s learning, please keep your child at home if there is an appropriate carer available. For those of you with no other option, we look forward to seeing your child at school next week Monday 18 October.

Alert Level 3 Bubble School 

We are mindful of the health and safety of the students/whanau and staff onsite at school and the importance of protecting their health and wellbeing. To prepare for the necessary Health and Safety requirements, we need to register names of students who will be attending school in AL3 at Birdwood School. Only students who are children of essential workers that have no other alternative care arrangements and cannot be supervised at home, are able to attend.  Please contact me to confirm you are an essential worker and will be returning next week by Thursday 14th October so we can prepare  jenny@birdwood.school.nz

If your child is coming to school, they will need to bring their computer, headphones and charger. Students will be supervised as they continue with their online learning. There will be no alternate programme provided. School will physically operate for shorter hours – 9.00am to 1.30pm each day. Students will need to bring their morning tea, lunch and a drink bottle as no lunch ordering will be possible. All physical distancing and hygiene methods will be met.

To ensure we have adequate supervision for the students who cannot be supervised at home, we ask that you register with Jenny Bernard by Thursday October 14pm at 10am: jenny@birdwood.school.nz

It is now legally required that we hold a COVID-19 vaccination register for all eligible students (over 12 years of age) and staff.

If we were to have a case of COVID-19 in our school, public health authorities will want to know if we are a school with a high vaccination rate. This information will then be used as part of the local health authority’s risk assessment. The more highly vaccinated we are (staff and eligible students), the less likely it will be that we will have to close down for a long period of time, or we might not need to close at all.

We will therefore need to know if your child has had their first or second vaccine dose or is exempted from being vaccinated. This information will be held by us in accordance with the Privacy Act and will only be shared with public health authorities.

We are therefore getting our data collection system in place and will get in touch with you again very soon.

We are proud of how our community has responded to this outbreak, but the mahi isn’t yet done. Please continue to follow all the alert level requirements including staying at home and getting tested for COVID-19 if you are feeling unwell, and for your own sake and for the health of your whānau, please get vaccinated.

These are the very best things we can do to keep our community as safe as possible and get everyone back to school.

Ngā mihi,

Jenny Bernard

Tumuaki/Principal