Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We have completed our first successful day of being back in Alert Level 2.  All teachers have reiterated the importance of washing hands, sneezing / coughing into elbows – being covid clean.  Mike continues to ensure the hand sanitising stations and soap dispensers are well stocked.  We would also ask that if possible children have their own hand sanitiser to use as well.

We will postpone our assemblies on Friday this week.  Once we hear more about the timeframe of Alert L2 we will be able to reschedule this.  I know the children and teachers of Rooms 11, 12 and 13 were looking forward to sharing the learning they have been participating in.

Although we are able to have children on buses there may be times where our trips or events are cancelled due to some of the following; possibly the numbers participating, the provider not being able to meet the L2 guidelines or having to postpone to rethink how the event could run.  This morning the Canterbury Cross Country running for Y5 – 8 children was postponed with a tentative date next week.  Pioneer Pool has informed us this afternoon that they may not be able to provide the water safety sessions if we remain in Alert L2 – as soon as we have confirmation we will be able share this with you.

Please remember our preference is for children to be dropped off at the gate or outside the classroom, this simply limits the number of people in the rooms.  A good waiting space is outside the school gate or in front of the Whare Kukuwai.  The MoE recommends social distancing of 2m with adults you do not know.

The Sparklers page ( has some good information to share with your children about how to talk about Covid again.

Thanks for your support today as we once again move up a level.  Great to see the Covid tracer app being used at the gate and outside the classrooms.

Below are some key points released from the MoE today…

  • At Alert Level 2 it is safe for all students, children and staff to attend school and early learning. There will be appropriate precautions in place.
  • Children and staff who are at higher-risk of severe illness are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.
  • Please be alert to illness and ask anyone who is presenting as unwell to go home, or ask parents and caregivers to come and pick the child up.
  • Messaging about good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette to be reinforced.
  • Soap and water is very appropriate for washing hands.
  • For schools, 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. There does not need to be a specific measurement.
  • Physical distancing 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).
  • Display the QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App.
  • Masks are not required at schools and early learning services at Alert levels 2 and 3.

Stay safe (and healthy) everyone.