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13 May, 2020

Teenaa koutou e te whaanau,


Our Wharekura will re-open on Monday, 18 May. We will continue to take a measured and cautious approach in our response to Covid-19 as we look to build confidence in, and understanding of, our new normal. We will stagger the return of aakonga to kura – that is, different year levels will return on different days next week. We will review and evaluate each day to ensure our systems and processes are well placed to maintain everyone’s safety.


The ultimate decision to send your child to kura rests with parents and caregivers but we are confident that we can provide an environment that complies with all of the Ministry of Education guidelines to keep your child safe.


Week 6, Term 2 – Aakonga return to kura under Alert Level 2 Conditions
Different reanga (year levels) will return on different days. Year 9 and 13 students will return on Monday. They will be joined by our Year 10 students on Tuesday, our Year 11 students on Wednesday and our Year 12 students on Thursday. We are taking this approach to ensure we maintain everyone’s confidence in our systems and processes, and to ensure aakonga have the time to adjust to their responsibility for keeping themselves, and others, safe.


Monday, May 18 – Tau 9 & 13.
Tuesday, May 19 – Tau 9, 10, 13
Wednesday, May 20 – Tau 9, 10, 11, 13
Thursday, May 21 – Ngaa reanga katoa
Friday, May 22 – Ngaa reanga katoa


Our focus next week will be on ensuring that our whaanau are settled and ready to start moving into their various kaupapa from week 7 onwards.
School Buses


Buses will run from Monday, 18 May. School buses are defined as controlled environments and therefore the physical distancing requirements expected in some areas, or on public transport, do not apply. The seats directly behind the driver must be left free. Hand sanitizer will be on all buses and school buses will be cleaned and sanitized after each run.

Public Transport
For those who have tamaiti who use public transport here is the latest advice provided by Bus It released today (May 13):
“Government advice is to try and limit taking public transport. That is, if your students/parents have alternative transport options available to them, please encourage them to use them. This is so that those who have no alternative transport options can use the bus services that are running.

We will do our absolute best to get students to school, but due to physical distancing restrictions the number of available seats on each bus is only around 40% of normal at Level 2. We are being upfront about this to manage the expectations of students, parents/caregivers and schools.”


Remote learning
Online learning will not continue as it has for the past five weeks. Kaiako will be delivering lessons on site. However, we know that some aakonga will remain at home because, for example, they or someone they live with is immune compromised and they need to maintain their bubble. Kaiako will still engage with these students but a ‘Zui’, for example, might take a different form as kaiako use digital platforms to broadcast or record lessons for aakonga who are at home working.


Devices
If your tamaiti has received either a kura device or a device supplied by Ministry they will need to return these to kura on their first day back. Devices and chargers must be returned to the main reception area. Aakonga will be able to sign these off as the serial numbers were recorded when they were issued. Our IT coordinator will be available at reception from 8am each morning next week to process these.

Drop-offs/Pick-ups
When making regular drop-offs and pick ups at kura do not exit your vehicle.
If you have to leave your vehicle you need to sign the contact tracing register in the tari. There will be clear instructions for you to follow.
Induction
Every student will be guided through an Alert Level 2 induction when they return to kura. This will cover the various tikanga that apply to our new normal – the key protocols are outlined below. This will prove challenging for us all at different times. However, please take time to talk about these with your tamaiti before they return to kura. These are the protocols that we all need to use in order to embody manaakitanga and look after one another. This is been developed in response to the guidance that was included in the paanui of May 11, and as a result of consultation with our health advisors (school nurse and doctor), Board of Trustees and kaiako.

Induction
Every student will be guided through an Alert Level 2 induction when they return to kura. This will cover the various tikanga that apply to our new normal – the key protocols are outlined below. This will prove challenging for us all at different times. However, please take time to talk about these with your tamaiti before they return to kura. These are the protocols that we all need to use in order to embody manaakitanga and look after one another. This is been developed in response to the guidance that was included in the paanui of May 11, and as a result of consultation with our health advisors (school nurse and doctor), Board of Trustees and kaiako.

Manaakitia te tangata, manaakitia aa taatou tikanga

He tikanga eenei hei aarahi i a taatou katoa i teenei waa, araa, i teenei waa o te mate urutaa, i teenei waa mooriroriro nei. Ka peenei te koorero, maa taatou katoa eenei tikanga e kawe, e whakatinana – moo te oranga o te iwi te take. Me whai taatou katoa i eenei tikanga:

  • Kawea mai taau ake paatara wai ki te kura.
  • Ki te whakakii koe i taau paatara wai me aata haere kei paa te paatara ki te koorere wai o te puna wai.
  • Kia kaua e inu noa i te koorere wai o te puna wai.
  • Kia kaua e hoatu taau paatara wai ki tangata kee atu hei inu.
  • Kawea mai aau ake taputapu ako ki te kura – ngaa pene, ngaa pukapuka, taau rorohiko.
  • Kia kaua e tohatoha atu i aau taputapu ako ki tangata kee atu.
  • Mehemea ka taea, haria mai taau ake hinu parukore kia maa oou ringa.
  • Ka whakairi taatou i eenei ahuatanga o too taatou ahurea Maaori – te awhiawhi, te hariru, te hoongi, te paki i ngaa ringa o tangata kee atu. Manaakitia te mirumiru o tangata kee atu kia noho haumaru te iwi.
  • Kia kaua e tuha – ka hee teeraa, he taahawahawa noa i too taatou kura, ka whakararu te iwi.
  • Tee taea e taatou te tuku noa i te kai ki tangata kee atu.
  • Ki te hoko kai i te toa hoko kai o Whaea Sia me aata whai i ngaa tohutohu – whakaraarangihia, manaakitia te mirumiru o oou hoa ki te tahataha.
  • Ki te takahii te tangata i eenei tikanga, ka raru ia. Kua mana eenei tikanga i roto i te punaha o too taatou Wharekura. Kua whakamanahia eenei tikanga e te Poari o te kura.
  • Bring your own water bottle to kura.
  • If you refill your water bottle at kura, make sure it doesn’t touch the tap of the water fountain.
  • Do not drink directly from the tap of the water fountain.
  • Do not give your drink bottle to someone else to drink from.
  • Bring your own stationery to kura – pens, books, device.
  • Don’t share your stationery with others.
  • If possible bring your own sanitizer to kura to sanitize your hands.
  • The following elements of our culture are currently suspended – hugging, shaking hands, hoongi, high fives etc. Maintain the mana of your personal space and that of others.
  • Do not spit – to do so is to contaminate our kura and to be an encumbrance to us all.
  • We can not share kai with one another.
  • If you purchase kai from the – canteen you must follow the instructions – line up, maintain the mana of the personal space of others.

These protocols are now a part of our behaviour management plan and have been endorsed by our Board.


Relievers
We will not be using external relievers until such time as we feel confident to do so.


Te Tari
Our administration block will be open but its operation will look a little different. Please follow the signage and instructions if you need to call into the office. If it is an inquiry you can make over the phone please use this option.

Uniform
If you require uniform for your tamaiti this can still be purchased at the office. You will need to supply sizes. Uniform items will not be able to be tried on for size before purchase.
Please do not panic or think aakonga can not return to kura if they do not have all of their uniform at this time. The most important thing is that our aakonga return. There will be a two-week grace period for whaanau to organise new uniform if required. If you require support from us please contact the tari.

Whare Hoko Kai
Students will be able to purchase kai from our canteen. Clear guidance and instructions will be provided on how students can access the canteen whilst maintaining physical distancing. Whaea Sia and Matua Sili are working on an online ordering platform so kai can be ordered and paid for earlier and picked up on the day.

If you have any questions about any of the information in this letter do not hesitate to contact me.


Ngā manaakitanga e te iwi,

Duane Allen, Tumuaki