School Update #9 - 8 September 2021

Dear Parents/Whānau,

Today we have been busily preparing for our return to school tomorrow. We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone! Please read the requirements below to help us make the transition to being ‘in-person’ as smooth as possible.

We know there are a number of events that have been affected by lockdown and we will be in touch soon with new dates and more information.

Key requirements from Thursday 9 September

  • Stay home if you are unwell

  • Masks must be worn by parents and caregivers when waiting at allocated gates and when onsite. It is optional for students and teachers

  • Scan-in/sign-in is mandatory using the Covid Tracer App at the gate (COVID QR code) or the physical register to ensure we can contact trace effectively,

  • Allocated gates - students are to arrive and be collected from the allocated gates, see the map.

  • Entry is from 8.15am and children must go directly to their learning space. Pick up is 3 pm at the allocated gates.

  • Maintain a physical distance - if you are waiting outside the gate, please observe the 2-metre social distancing rules recommended by the Ministry of Health. Our children and staff onsite will aim to maintain a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other.

  • Follow good hygiene practices - all students will sanitise as they come onsite and regularly follow good hygiene practices throughout the day.


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.

Transition back to school

I’m sure some of you may have questions around students settling back into school after several weeks at home. We are aware this may be difficult for some children, but we are confident we can manage this transition smoothly. We are committed to doing all we can to support all individuals so please let us know if there is anything we can do to better support your whānau.

Here is the Great Island Bay School Bake Off video for your enjoyment!

See you at the gate tomorrow!

Ngā mihi

Deborah Fenton

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