Maunu School – Level 2 August
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, it has been announced that schools (and regions other than Auckland) will return to a Level 2 as from midday Wednesday 12th August. This will be reviewed by the government at midnight Friday 14th, and further information supplied. 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
The “return” to Level 2 is a new process as we move from a Level 1 organisation back to a Level 2. For Maunu School there are a few changes to note, but many things will remain the same. I have put a table at the end of this letter for quick and easy reference. We had maintained many of the previous level 2 organisation, so the move will be quite seamless for us.
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.
As for Level 1, there will be no restrictions on the movement of students and staff between classrooms or at break times. Playground and shared P.E. equipment 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 asked 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 need to record their details on the register for contact tracing purposes.
If a message needs to be given to the teacher, parents and caregivers 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 and maintain the 2m social distancing.
It is recommended students to arrive between 8:15am and 8.50am. We ask that you drop your child off in a safe space outside the school gates or in the carpark and get them to make their own way into the school grounds and to their 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, Austin Road entrances and the front of the school (SH14) 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 you are able to.
The Maunu Educare programme will be operating as usual. Please contact Christin at Maunu Educare, 0274 821331, or info@schoolholiday programmmes.co.nz directly if you require information from them.
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. However, if children are showing signs of colds, coughs, sneezes we will contact parents to pick them up. Again, if your child is unwell please keep them home until they show no signs.
The school has strict hygiene practices with soap, sanitiser and spray and wipe available. High touch surfaces in classrooms, toilets and around school will be cleaned and sanitised multiple times during the day.
Students are not to share food at break times and will need to bring their own water bottle. The drinking fountains have been closed down while we are getting ready to install new fountains and are not available for children to drink from.
Syndicate assemblies can resume, however whole school assemblies will not happen until further notice.
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.
Below is a ‘Quick Check’ bullet list of Essential Information:
Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Caring
“At A Glance” Essential Information:
|Level 2||Midday Wednesday 12th August. School is open for all children as|
usual. If we change to Level 3, school will only be open for
essential worker’s children.
|Before school |
|Between 8.15 – 8.50am. 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 |
|Between 2.55 – 3.10pm. Avoid coming into school if at all possible – wait outside the gates. No late pick ups.|
The Junior Syndicate will discuss early pick up times and let parents know on Thursday, but for Wednesday it is school finish as usual.
|Drink Bottle||Each child will need their own personal drink bottle. This should be named and brought to school each day.|
|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
|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 |
|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.
|Bus Transport||The school bus will be running. 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, please notify the school when there is a change.
If at all possible, it is suggested to find alternative ways of getting your child to and from 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.
|School Events, |
| As we hear more details about the length of Level 2, we will let you know about specific organisation. Unfortunately, we are unable to have coaches other than teachers on site during school times. After school practices are the responsibility of each code, so you will|
need to contact coaches for information.
We will decide about the school Cross Country next week, when we have more information about the continuation (or not) of Level 2.
|Please read the school newsletter carefully – due out Thursday 13th August.|
I will send up-dates via the App on a regular basis and these will also be posted on the school’s website.
|Masks||Masks are not required at schools and early learning services at Alert levels 2 and 3.|
|QR Code||We have placed the NZ Covid tracer App QR Code around the school for you to use for your personal contact tracing.|