This is really unprecedented times in my education experience. School will continue to be open for instruction this week until we are instructed otherwise by the Ministry of Education or Ministry of Health. All staff have been notified on the current alert levels and at this stage, we have a large number of the staff still in a position to run classrooms.
If you feel that it is in your families best interest to self-isolate we understand your reasons.
Information about who is considered vulnerable has been updated today on the COVID-19.govt.nz website and is as follows:
At risk people include:
- Those over 70: Older people often have underlying health issues, including respiratory issues that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.
- People with medical conditions: Underlying medical conditions can make you more vulnerable to COVID-19. In particular, people with respiratory conditions such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), heart conditions, high blood pressure, kidney problems and diabetes.
- People undergoing a treatment for cancer and blood conditions: As treatments for cancer and blood conditions affect people’s immune systems, this makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19.
- People without easy access to healthcare
Buses: Potentially we will have to modify the Bus run that does Makirikiri Road, Duddings lake and Whanganui Road. We will try and notify families once we have a confirmed time. We are thinking at least 30 minutes later than normal.
Absences: Please use the app, text messages and emails are appreciated so we know why students will be away. If you make the call to self isolate we will take that as the reason for absence until notified otherwise.
As a school, we will continue safe hygiene practices and limit non- essential gatherings of large numbers. Assemblies will be postponed until further notice and we will come up with some unique ways to recognise students achievements.