COVID-19 Principal’s Message

Kia ora koutou,

Our team is feeling incredibly refreshed and ready to go for 2022 and can’t wait to welcome everyone back onsite. In regard to COVID-19, we have moved fully into the new traffic light framework for all our school activities and events this year. You will be familiar with all the health measures we have had in place previously at Stanley Avenue School.  The following is an outline of our expectations and safety measures for us at the Red Traffic Light level.  

  • First and foremost, we ask that children and parents stay home if you are unwell.
  • As per the Ministry of Education Guidelines, only New Entrant (Room 10) parents are permitted to bring their children to the Room 10 entrance.
  • If you need to go to the school office, we ask that you wear a mask, scan and sign in, following the one in one out the ruling.
  • Children and teachers in Years 4-8 must wear facemasks when inside.
  • All students Years 4-8 travelling on a school bus route must wear a mask.
  • Regular hand washing/sanitising will take place at important times of the day.
  • We will refocus on our cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Regular cleaning of high touch surfaces will occur.
  • We will have a focus on opening doors and windows to allow ventilation throughout the day.
  • Students will need to bring their own bottles of water to school.

It is also reassuring for everyone to know that in the Red setting, we are able to support everyone’s learning onsite.

Events and activities

Large gatherings especially when indoors continue to be one of the riskier activities we can undertake, therefore until we are told otherwise, we will not be able to hold Assemblies.  The good news is that we will be able to continue with regular class swimming throughout the term. There will be guidance or detail provided for each event we undertake, prior to it happening. This will reflect the ability to implement our safety plan such as social distancing and following vaccination guidelines.

 

Ventilation

We will be using the Ministry of Education self-assessment tool to review all our ventilation during the beginning of the school year. Providing good old fashioned fresh air remains the most important thing we can do in our learning spaces to minimise risk for students and teachers (and the same goes for you at home).

Face coverings 

Staff and children at Stanley Avenue School in Years 4 – 8 must wear face coverings inside at school when at the Red Traffic Light Setting. (Children in Years 1-3 may also wear masks if they choose to). There is a lot of talk about face masks…  Public health advice is that an appropriate face covering will fit snugly and seal well around facial contours. This can include single-use, disposable masks (medical masks), other specified high-grade masks and reusable fabric masks with three layers.

Managing cases in our school

We have a great contact tracing system in place so we can quickly identify close contacts.  If needed, we will then quickly advise contacts of what they need to do.    Please make sure the contact details we have on file are up to date, so we can get in touch with you if needed.  Together, including children, whanau, teachers and myself, our main goal will be to ensure all children are engaged, safe and happy to be at school.   While this might all feel a little overwhelming, we know that all the measures we have in place will help our children return to school, reconnect with teachers and friends and do what they enjoy. 

Pick Up and Drop off at School

Like last year children will enter through our main entrance in the morning, where they will sanitise their hands. Students will then assemble in their team areas if they arrive before the 8.30 am bell. Staff will instruct students on were to assemble.

A bell will be rung in the afternoon at 2.45 pm to indicate to the Piwakawaka students

(Rooms 9,10 and 11) to assemble at the entrance for an earlier pick-up. Siblings of Piwakawaka students can meet at this time also, and the family groups can then make their way home to ease congestion.  The remaining students will wait for the 3 pm bell.

We are really looking forward to starting our new school year and seeing all our children back at school.   We are also here to help. Please get in touch if you have any concerns or need help or advice in any way. Please note the information we are receiving from the Ministry of Education is constantly changing, it is our priority to keep you informed.

See you soon!

Ngā Mihi,

John Byers