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Monday 18 May
Dear Riverina Families
Thank you for your support this morning. Many of you did drop and go and those that came on signed in to help us with the contact tracing register.
It was delightful seeing all the beaming faces this morning. We hope that your child will settle back quickly with familiar routines. If you do have any worries, please let the teacher know and we can work together to support the transition.
This week a newsletter will not be sent home, but please find the link to the assembly.
Let us have a wonderful week and start the mahi.
Alert Level 2- Questions and Answers for our community. View our videos for further information.
Contact Tracing Register- on-site visitors information.
We have a new and improved contact register that can be accessed by either a QR code or using our skool loop app. Please download this app as it is free and can keep you updated.
We continue to encourage you to drop off at the front of school. You only need to use the contact tracing register if you are coming onsite- past the office. The less adults onsite the safer we can keep our school bubble. Please do email the class teacher of any intentions of coming on site. Once you are onsite please use the school app the QR code or the paper copy in the office to sign in.
Video about expectations at school during Alert Level 2.
Alert Level 2- update from Monday 11 May- video
11 May 2020
Monday Assembly click the link to view our learning assembly for Week 5.
Today will be an important day with the announcement from the Government about our Alert Levels. If we do change to Alert Level 2 then school will open on Monday 18 May for all students. Principals have been sent expectations of how schools will operate to maintain health and safety at Alert Level 2. It will continue to look a little different than before lockdown. Two of the overriding goals will be the contact tracing, which will mean limited access to the school site except the students and staff, and great hygiene practices. More information will be sent on Tuesday pending the decision.
8 May 2020
Kia ora koutou
Like me, I am sure you have followed with interest the announcements made by the Prime Minister.
It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and I thank you for your ongoing support for the work we are doing.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.
The good news is that when we are able to, we will be ready to welcome all students and staff back to our school site.
The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.
As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.
Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.
Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.
Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid's not measles or chickenpox, it doesn't hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don't have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their 'moist breath' zone”. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2!
It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.
For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/
If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact me.
We will be in touch again soon to update you on our plans.
4 May 2020
Monday Assembly click the link to view our learning assembly for Week 4.
27 April 2020
Monday Assembly click the link to view our learning assembly for Week 3.
20 April 2020
Monday Assembly click the link to view our learning assembly for Week 2.
13 April 2020
Monday Assembly click the link to view our welcome to Term 2.
Term 1 2020
Term 2 2020