School Update #8 - 6 September 2021

Dear Parents/Whānau,


As you will have heard at today's briefing, Wellington is to move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm, Tuesday 7 September.


From Thursday 9 September, our school will be open and safe for your children to attend.


Moving from Level 3 to Level 2 is a big shift and understandably will take some time to fully achieve. However, you can feel confident that Island Bay School is well placed to put the correct processes in place to keep all children and staff safe. We will be following strict hygiene processes and have put in place safe and sensible practices for contact tracing.


Distance Learning will continue for Tuesday 7 Sep, but there will be no zoom sessions on Wednesday 8 Sep as teachers prepare for kids to return to the classroom on Thursday 9 Sept.


The overriding principles for Alert Level 2 are very clear. Please observe the following Alert Level 2 guidelines:

  • Stay home if you are unwell and get advice about having a test

  • Wash hands regularly, cough and sneeze into the elbow

  • Adults must wear masks or face coverings

  • Scan QR codes wherever you go and turn on Bluetooth tracing in the app dashboard.


What Level 2 means for Island Bay School


  • Drop off and pick ups will be at the gates. Please see the allocated gates below.

  • Collection will be at 3pm for everyone.

  • Before school care in the library will not be available in the first week of Level 2

  • If you arrive before 8.15 am or if there is no one on the gate, please tell your child to enter and go directly to class;

  • Enabling good hygiene practices – regular washing and drying of hands and good cough and sneeze etiquette are fundamental to preventing the spread of illness, such as colds, flu and COVID-19;

  • Staying home if unwell - ensuring people with COVID-19 type symptoms stay away from school;

  • Maintaining physical distancing where practicable - in schools at Alert Level 2 this means our children and staff will aim to maintain a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other. If you are waiting outside the gate, please observe the 2 metre social distancing rules recommended by the Ministry of Health.

  • Knowing who enters school property – through our attendance register, timetable and visitor register.

  • Contact tracing - Scan in using the Covid Tracer App at the gate (COVID QR code). In particular, parents, caregivers and visitors who need to enter the school grounds must scan in with the COVID QR code or sign in at the office. However we ask that you only enter the school grounds if absolutely necessary.

  • Masks may be worn by staff and students. We ask any parent onsite to wear a mask at all times.

Returning of school-owned devices (iPads)


As all digital devices loaned to families during lockdown are integral to learning and teaching at Island Bay School, we require all loaned iPads and chargers to be returned to school upon their return or by Friday 10 September.


Please return these devices to the office for processing.



Summary



Further Information – Onsite at Level 2


Attendance

  • Parents are asked to keep any sick children at home. If a sick child comes to school, we will send them home.

  • Stringent self-isolation of those who display relevant symptoms. The Principal has the right to refuse entry if she suspects a person has COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Contact tracing will be in place via the COVID tracing app (QR code), attendance register and visitor register. This includes everyone who enters the school property.


At Pick up and Drop Off

  • The physical distance of 2 metres is recommended for parents and caregivers, from people they don’t know (to align with public health measures outside the school grounds).

  • Parents and caregivers who come onto the school property must scan in and use the contact tracing register. However Ideally we want you to wait at the allocated gates.

  • Please see the map above of entry and exit points where students must be dropped off and collected from.


Vulnerable People

  • Children at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (e.g. those with underlying medical conditions, especially if not well-controlled) are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.

  • Parents, caregivers and students will need to work with the school to develop a plan to manage a safe return to school.

  • Distance learning will only remain for a few students who must remain home.


Playgrounds

  • Playgrounds can be used at Alert Level 2.

  • Handwashing is required before and after use.

Sickness

  • Symptoms to monitor for are any respiratory symptoms such as a cold, a head cold, blocked ears, cough, sneezing, chills and a fever.

  • Anyone with those symptoms should stay home and contact Healthline for advice, which may include getting tested for COVID-19 as a precaution.

  • Anyone with these symptoms should not enter our school.


Cleaning and Hygiene

  • Good hygiene practices will continue to be a priority at Alert Level 2 as the best way to minimise the potential spread of COVID-19.

  • Hand washing

  • Cough and sneeze etiquette

  • Cleaning surfaces

  • Disinfect and clean all surfaces daily.

  • Regular cleaning of sports equipment and shared resources

  • Regular cleaning of high touch surfaces

  • Cleaners will complete daily cleans in line with MOH guidelines

  • Additional disinfectant/cloths will be available in classrooms for children and teachers to sanitise spaces during the school day, as required.


In Classrooms:

  • School staff are to observe students on arrival into the learning environment, checking for symptoms and ask those presenting as unwell to go home.

  • Children, young people and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

  • Hand sanitiser at the entry to classrooms and in shared spaces. Soap, water and the ability to dry hands are provided in bathrooms.

  • Schools, like workplaces, are not considered to be gatherings under Alert Level 2. Therefore there are no bubbles and no changes are needed to breaks, start and finish times. However, if the school hall is hired. Mass gather numbers apply for all community events. Outdoor and indoor rules will apply for community events

  • Children do not need to sit in the same place every day at Alert Level 2.

  • Physical education classes and break time activities can include access to sports equipment including playgrounds but hygiene practice should be observed before and after playing with equipment.

  • Teachers are able to teach more than one group/class of students

  • Classrooms can be used by different student groups/classes and different groups of students in each class.

  • School libraries are able to operate as normal if students and staff are undertaking regular hand washing and staying away if sick.

  • Shared supplies and equipment are able to be used if students and staff are undertaking regular hand washing and staying away if sick.

  • For singing, keeping a 1 metre distance as a precaution

  • Sports (on school grounds) – physical activities including using shared equipment can go ahead.

  • Assemblies - can go ahead however we should maintain sufficient distance between students


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