COVID-19 Update April 20 #5

Kia ora koutou

We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme in Seesaw has been a success for you so far. We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with but we have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you for all your support. A huge thanks to our teaching staff too!

Today the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April.  That means we will be open to receive students from the 29 April.  We will start to prepare the school from tomorrow.

The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home.  If your child is sick please also ensure you keep them at home.

In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures.

For those children not attending school in person, I want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home.

We will contact you tomorrow to find out whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person. Please keep a look out for another post tomorrow with these details.

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with health experts to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. We want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible.

For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning through Seesaw while we work on our planning for what Alert Level 3 will mean for you and Russell Street School. We will be in touch again soon with more information. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with your teachers with any questions you might have.

Ngā mihi nui

Nick Rate

Tumuaki – Principal
Russell Street School

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