Maunu School – Level 2
Kia ora koutou – Dear Parents and Whanau,
This email is on the school’s website under Return to Maunu School – Level 2 and can be translated to another language.
As you will no doubt be aware, the Prime Minister has announced that schools will be fully open on Monday 18 May. The aim of this letter is to outline what school will look like at Alert Level 2. Please read this letter carefully and any following communication. We will post information on the school’s website www.maunu.school.nz
Firstly, I would like to thank you all for the support you have given your children during this time. Staff have worked hard, in somewhat different and unusual environments, to enable students to continue with learning, be it in a different manner. We acknowledge the benefits of “being a family” and all the great things that people have been doing in their Bubbles. We look forward to connecting again with your children and with you. We can assure you that we are carefully planning the resumption of school and reintegrating students back into learning in a school setting. It will be interesting to hear what children have done in their bubbles and to build on these experiences as we return to a more structured school routine.
The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with that person. Under Alert Level 2, any students and staff who are unwell must stay at home.
‘Bubble’ isolation in school does not continue at Alert Level 2. All students and staff will return to their classes as they were prior to L3 and L4. There will be no restrictions on the movement of students and staff between classrooms or at break times. Playground and shared P.E. equipment will now be accessible by different classes. The school has strict requirements for hand washing and drying, hand sanitising and cleaning surfaces.
To reduce contact tracing issues, parents are not to enter school unless absolutely necessary. The exception to this will be parents of Year 0-1 students who may enter the gate near the school letter box, in between Rm 2 and 3, and are asked to remain outside of the classrooms until invited in. Parents or visitors entering a classroom will be recorded for contact tracing purposes.
If a message needs to be given to the teacher, parents and carers are asked to email or phone the School Office wherever possible, rather than attend in person. Once you step on site, you are required to fill out the contact tracing register.
School will be open for students to arrive between 8:30am and 8.50am. It is recommended that you drop your child off in a safe space and get them to make their own way into the school grounds and classroom.
Students will be able to be collected between 2:55pm and 3.10pm. Please discuss with your child where you will pick them up in the afternoon. We will have staff on duty in the Hall carpark and Austin Road to ensure children are safe. School grounds need to be cleared as quickly as possible in the afternoon.
If you enter the school grounds to drop off or collect your child you must sign the contact tracing register, even if you have been in the school earlier in the day.
The school bus will be running as normal with the addition of hand sanitizer being available for students on entering the vehicle. However, as the bus now has reduced capacity due to distancing requirements, it is recommended that you find an alternative way of getting your child to and from school. If your child is using the bus, you will be contacted by the school to supply information about dates you intend this to happen – am and pm.
The Maunu Educare programme will be resuming when school returns. Please contact Christin at Maunu Educare, 0274 821331, or info@schoolholiday programmmes.co.nz directly if you require that service.
Following Public Health advice for schools, no set distance between students will be maintained in classrooms, however teachers will endeavour to have them working so as to avoid the ‘moist breath’ zone. Unlike measles or chickenpox, the coronavirus does not hang in the air, but instead relies on microscopic spit particles landing on close proximity surfaces to spread. Students will be encouraged to cough or sneeze into their elbow, avoid touching their face and will frequently wash and dry their hands.
The school has strict hygiene practices with soap, sanitiser and spray and wipe available.
Students are not to share food at break times and will need to bring their own water bottle. The drinking fountains will not be available for children to drink from.
High touch surfaces in classrooms, toilets and around school will be cleaned and sanitised multiple times during the day.
Syndicate assemblies can resume, however we will phase-in a return to whole school assemblies over the next 3 to 4 weeks.
Students who were supplied with a Chromebook are to bring it to the school office on Monday 18th.
It is important that, not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone. Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health has indicated:
“…it is important that parents fully support this approach by doing their bit – keeping children home if they are unwell and seeking medical advice about whether a child may need to be tested; and ensuring great hygiene practices at all times.”
If you have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness or has severe underlying health issues, please contact your GP for advice and then contact the school to discuss a plan for them.
By Monday 18th May, we will be in a position to welcome all students and staff back to school. Until then please continue to communicate with class teachers and enjoy the online home learning experiences available.
Below is a ‘Quick Check’ bullet list of Essential Information:
Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Caring
|Return to School||Monday 18th May. School is open for all children.|
|Before school Drop Off||Between 8.30 – 8.55am. Avoid coming into school if at all possible – let your child out and watch them enter the school grounds No early drop offs.|
|After school Pick Up||Between 2.55 – 3.10pm. Avoid coming into school if at all possible – wait outside the gates. No late pick ups.|
|Drink Bottle||Each child will need their own personal drink bottle.|
|Sick Children||Children who are sick or unwell must stay away from school.|
If staff feel that a child is unwell during the day, or the child complains of being unwell, they will be sent to the sick bay and parents will be contacted.
We cannot have children at school if they are unwell or complain of being unwell. It would be wise to talk to your child about this, to avoid undue interruption to your work.
|Parents & Visitors coming into the school||All parents & visitors who enter the school grounds must sign a “Contact Tracing” register. These are held in the classrooms and the school office. |
Each person must sign this register each time they enter the school grounds, no matter how often during the day. This is the case even if you do not enter a classroom.
|Physical Distancing||For school children and staff, there are no physical distancing requirements.|
Parents & visitors must maintain a 2m physical distance.
|Contacting School Staff||Please email or phone the school office any messages.|
This includes a request to contact the teacher – they will respond when they have a chance. Avoid coming on site to tell the teacher something that could be given by email or phone.
|Office Area||If you need to visit the office area, please maintain the 2m distance. If there is someone else in the office foyer, you will need to wait outside until they leave.|
You will be required to sign the contact tracing register.
|Chromebook||If you received a chromebook for online learning, this must be returned to the school office on Monday 18th May. Mrs Turto will collect it from there. If it is not returned we will contact you.|
|Bus Transport||The school bus will be running. There are some differences to the limit of students who can travel. Children must use the hand sanitiser when getting on and must remain seated. |
The school must give the bus company a daily list of children using the bus.
If your child is intending to take the bus daily, you must notify the school when there is a change.
If at all possible, it is suggested to find alternative ways of getting your child to school until the rules change.
|New Entrant (NE) children||For children who are about to start school, Jenny Canty will be in touch to organise when and how this will happen for each child. Please wait for Jenny to contact you.|
|Special Events or Vulnerable Children||If there has been a significant event that occured during L4 or L3 that may have an impact on your child’s return to school, please contact the class teacher or the office.|
If your child has a compromised health or underlying condition that will prevent them from attending school, please contact the school office and we will provide a home programme for them.
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