Covid-19 latest information from Principal- 20 April

20 April 2020

Dear Parents/Caregivers

My thoughts are with you as we continue down roads not travelled before, including all the obstacles that may or may not be presenting themselves.  Once again I would like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge the work that the staff are doing at this time in their preparation and delivery of distance learning, and in doing so the support that they are offering you and your families. Thank you also to parents/caregivers who have continued to support their children’s education in whatever way they can over this time and in the days ahead.

As you will be aware we have now been instructed that we will move into ‘Level 3’ as of Monday, April 27 at 11:59pm. For George Street Normal School, as for all primary schools, this means that if you are an essential worker or you are needing to return to work, and there is no other way for your child to be looked after, then they can come to school. School will start on Wednesday 29 April.  (Tuesday the 28th will be a Teacher Only Day).  As the Prime Minister has reiterated, If you can keep your children at home, you should do so.  

You will appreciate that school on site, will not be school on site as we have known it.  If your child is returning, please help prepare them for changes such as;

  • Increased vigilance around good hygiene habits - including coughing into arm, hand washing, 1 m distancing in class and 2 m distancing outside.  We will not hesitate to send anyone home who is unwell in any way. 

  • Possible change in classroom and teacher under Level 3.  NB: Initially there will only be 10 children per class/bubble.

  • Playtimes, arrival at school and departure from school that are at different times to the rest of the school.

  • Playtimes that look different, ie. no use of the adventure playground, no sharing of sports equipment, no sitting near each other.

  • Only using equipment such as pencils, laptops that are theirs/have been assigned to them.  If your child has their pencil case/own pencils at home they will need to bring these to school. Please make sure they are clearly named.

  • That should a case of COVID-19 be confirmed or linked to the school, school will close for 72 hours to allow contact tracing and cleaning, and then remain closed for potentially for a further 14 days.

In order to plan going ahead, we require you to email Mrs Stanton to inform her that your child will be attending school on a daily basis when school for children resumes on Wednesday 29 April.   Could you also provide comments on how flexible you could be around drop off and pick up times (ie. a time span). It would be good if you could let us know if your child/children will be attending before this Thursday 23 April, so that we can continue our planning with this specific knowledge.

Please note that our before school and after school care ‘Georgies’ is not permitted to happen during ‘Level 3’.

If you do want to come onsite at any time, for example, to drop a child off/pick them up within the school grounds, please adhere to waiting in a queue by the office door, standing 2 metres apart and recording your details on our contact tracing register.   We will have people entering through the main office door and leaving through the middle main school exit to ensure appropriate distancing is maintained as much as possible.  

We will continue to adhere to the advice of the Ministry of Education and Health and keep you informed as we move forward. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in contact.

Kind regards

Leanne Stanton

Acting Principal

George Street Normal School

021 262 9919

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