COVID-19 UPDATE

Tēna koutou katoa

Today is the beginning of a big change to all our lives before the new normal starts on Thursday. As a nation, we are in a position to beat this virus as long as we all take our responsibility seriously. I know this will be hard for many of our students, but I am constantly impressed at how generous they always are in wanting to do things for others less fortunate than themselves and am sure they will step up to do the right thing to save lives.

Last night we received an update on term dates which are different to the communication I sent to you yesterday. The correct information is:

School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week period. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (the Tuesday after Easter is always a closed day for schools).

At the end of the school holidays, schools will be open for distance learning but not physically open for students or teachers to work at school.

Please note that the instruction to stay home (Alert level 4) will continue beyond the new school holiday period but schools will be technically open for distance instruction. Teachers will be working offsite.

The Ministry of Education has launched two new websites which be of value to you. They include resources for parents and whanau as well as teachers. They are available at:

https://www.learningfromhome.govt.nz/ and https://www.kauwhatareo.govt.nz/ki-te-marama/

More resources will be added as they are developed.

Ministry staff will be available to ring and Skype with families who require assistance with children who have special needs.

We appreciate this is a sudden and significant change and will be heavily disruptive to many people in our community.

A reminder that if you are an essential worker, your daughter is able to come to school and have supervision as she commences her distance learning. We do ask that if your daughter is not well, that she does not attend.

As noted by our Prime Minister, these restrictions are our best chance to slow the virus in NZ and to save lives. We all have a clear role to play and your daughters will be looking to you for guidance and reassurance. The Government website COVID-19 is the best website for up to date, factual information.

We will continue to support your daughters' learning and our community. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school staff and school community.

To reiterate the words of our Prime Minister – be kind, keep safe and look after each other.

Kia kaha

Anne Cooper

Principal

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