28/10/2021

Kia ora Birdwood whanau

I am writing to you following the Government’s announcement that plans are underway to support the return to onsite learning for our schools who are in Alert Level 3 areas and to do this in a way that is as safe as possible.

The restrictions of Alert Level 3 and 4 have been a real challenge to the wellbeing of our tamariki and whānau and we have heard from many of you that your tamariki are keen to see their friends and teachers. We are eager to see your children.

You can be reassured that any decisions about bringing more children and staff on-site will be done in accordance with strict public health guidance that we have been told we will receive– outlining how on-site learning will look like compared to  Alert Level 2 or Alert Level 1 settings. For example, this might mean attending school two days a week and learning from home for the other three.However at this stage we have very little  details from the Ministry of Education.

The earliest a return to school will happen is 15 November, and we will provide more information about this once we receive it.

In the meantime, vaccination and testing remains the best thing we can do to keep whānau and our community as safe as possible

For this current outbreak (as at 25 October), 224 people have been hospitalised with only 6 (<3%) of these people fully vaccinated. Of the 2,681 cases in the outbreak, 1,984 (74%) had not received one dose of the vaccine (541 were not eligible for vaccination as they were under 12).

We need to look after our most vulnerable people, and it is great to see our community vaccination rates continue to go up. There are also now three million New Zealanders fully vaccinated – which is fantastic news!

Please do encourage your friends and whānau who might be worried about the vaccine to seek good information from health practitioners, so they can make a well-informed decision.

Once we have any further information from the Ministry of Education we will let you know as soon as possible. In the meantime, thank you for all your hard work during this time and we look forward to seeing our learners back at school very soon,

 

Ngā mihi

Jenny Bernard

Tumuaki / Principal