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Update 24 March 2020
Please find attached a document regarding online learning guidelines. Click link here
Kia ora koutou
With the Government announcment, we are implementing with urgency our plan to support your child’s learning from home. We appreciate this is a sudden and significant change, and will be heavily disruptive to many people in our community.
For children of essential workers, we look forward to seeing your child here at school today. You may wish to check if you are considered an essential worker - https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-system/ however those roles include doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and police. We continue to ask that children who are not well, do not attend school.
For all other children, we will be supporting their learning from your home in the following ways:
- through online learning with more details to follow.
- We have a page called Online Learning 2020 on our website - under parent information with links to websites the students use in class
- provision of a learning pack for the remainder of the week that can be picked up from school after 11am-3pm today
- teachers will be contacting you thorugh email and seesaw (please make sure school has an up to date email)
- you can contact me anytime email@example.com (I hope to reply with 24 hours)
If you need to have your child cared for by someone else you will need to identify that person or people as part of your self-isolated group. This will need to be done by midnight Wednesday and the group must remain the same for the whole 4 week period. The caregiver’s own group (eg, their partner and children), your child and your own group (eg, your parents and other children) become one group. This group needs to be limited to minimise any risk of spread and should be no more than 20 people.
Your child will be looking to you for guidance about this decision. Parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers will have a particularly important part to play in reassuring children at this time. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to read the information put together by the Ministry of Education to support your conversations with your children – Talking to children about COVID-19
As noted by the Prime Minister these restrictions are our best chance to slow the virus in New Zealand and to save lives. We all have a clear role here to slow the spread of COVID-19.
We will continue to communicate with you over the coming days. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school staff and school community
Dear Family and whanau
In light of the recent announcement today from Jacedia we are informing our community of school closing from 3pm today. Students who have attended today will have received a pack to take home. Teachers are working to set up the online learning and guidance around these packs to support you. However, being at home during these unprecedented times is a worry, and spending time with your children, showing care and reassurance is the most important support they need at this time.
If your child did not attend school today but you would like to pick up a pack please let me know. I will be in school tomorrow and can place them in a safe place.
Alternatively if you are in essential services, including supermarket works and are required to work please email me so we can organise a place for them at school for tomorrow Tuesday 24 March.
You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing...
Our children are just as worried as we are right now. Our children not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.
Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behaviour issues with your children. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally - it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behaviour in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.
What children need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love on your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.
Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single child is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your children because they don’t want to do math. Don’t shout at your children for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.
If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day...
Please continue to follow safe hygiene procedures at home, and please support your child with their learning.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher or myself.
The situation is ever-changing, and we will work hard to maintain the link with you all through our normal channels of school website, email and social media.
Please take care of yourselves and others during this enforced absence. As Jacendia has said be kind, one of our school values.
Goal Setting Interviews
Our Goal Setting Interviews were under review last week. As a result of Level 2 Alert for the country we are going to postpone these until Term 2. Apologies to those who have already booked interviews. Please update school with your most recent email address in order to be updated with news. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
22 March 2020- COVID-19 UPDATE
COVID 19 Announcement and Implications - March 23 2020
Kia ora Whanau,
What makes Riverina School special is our sense of community and our school values of Courage, Courtesy and Kindness. These are just as important for adults as well as our students. It is crucial that we remain true to these values, particularly in these challenging times. Please take time to think about our vulnerable members of our community and our dedicated workforce in the emergency services.
Talking with our children
Our children will be looking to the around them as guidance through this. We ask that you talk to them in a positive manner and encourage understanding in a healthy and resilient manner, referring to the schools’ C.C.K values. See this link for ideas.
Please take care of people and show them courtesy and respect during these difficult times. Further information is available at: LINK for help and advice; LINK for Ministry of Health. If you need any advice, please email me on email@example.com and I will endeavour to support you.
Kia Kaha (stay strong)
Term 1 2020