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Covid Update 21 August 2021

Kia ora e te whānau, I hope you and your families are safe and well in your bubbles.  Thank you for your ongoing support as we navigate our way once again through uncertain times. As you will be aware it was announced mid afternoon yesterday that NZ stays at Alert L4 until midnight Tuesday.  After the announcement we had a staff meeting to reconnect and finalise at home learning for week one.  Last night you will have received an email from your child’s team leader to outline what online at home learning will look like for your child next week.  As always this learning needs to fit in with you and your family.  We are simply asking you to engage where and when you can. Teachers will be sharing via HERO and if appropriate their 2nd communication platform learning for the following day between 3 – 6pm the day before.  We hope this gives families time to have a look at the learning on offer.  The first day will be sent out on Sunday afternoon. All teachers are offering one Google meet session in the morning to discuss the learning for the day and an optional learning check in, in the afternoon. Links for these Meets are shared the day before in the communication sent between 3 – 6pm. We sent a survey yesterday morning ( https://forms.gle/whp3rJQBAZMTiwhV8 ) for families who need devices, hard copy packs or if we move down to Alert L3 children of essential workers to attend school.  There are a number of guidelines that have been put in place for limited staff numbers to be onsite to collect and organise devices and resources.  To be able to meet these guidelines we will be staggering our collection and distribution.  A small group of staff will be onsite Monday morning to collect and prepare devices.  We are currently thinking through the collection of devices so we meet the MoE / Health criteria.  Parents will be informed on Sunday about the collection or delivery of devices. If you are wanting a device for student learning at home could you please fill in the form by 9am Monday 23 August. We will wait to hear the update from the Prime Minister on Monday before starting hard copy packs.  If we move to make packs these will be made either Tuesday or Wednesday.  As previously mentioned these will be general in nature for your child’s year level.  The resources may not be connected to the online learning being offered, rather a collection of hard copy activities that your child can complete. If we move to Alert L3 we will be able to open the school to the children of essential workers who are unable to cater for them at home.  If you are not an essential worker please do not send your child to school and put our staff who have volunteered to come in at further risk. Stay safe and well, take care. Ngā mihi, Andrew (andrew@stmartins.school.nz)