KAHAROA SCHOOL NEWS

August/September 2021 Lockdown

posted: Tue, August 17, 2021

Welcome School Community,

Please find below copies of correspondence regarding the current lockdown.

Further updates will be posted here as they are available.

Latest update Tuesday, 7 September.



Moving to Alert Level 2

Kia ora,

You’ll be aware that all of New Zealand (with the exception of Auckland) is moving to Alert Level 2 from midnight tonight. Our thoughts and positive wishes are with everyone in Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland.

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Thursday morning. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will be continuing to support the students who have been onsite at Alert Level 3 while we prepare for re-opening to all students on Thursday. Please phone the principal if you have no alternative care arrangements available for tomorrow and wish to discuss. 0275425400.

Kaharoa School does not reopen until THURSDAY 9th of September.

Teachers will need to step back from their online availability tomorrow to plan to be back at school. Please expect a longer response time for emails and questions about learning may be answered with students once back onsite. We are meeting onsite to get prepared tomorrow. Teachers may not be available for zoom tomorrow and will let you know about this.

Alert Level 2:

At Alert Level 2 there is low risk of community transmission and it provides us with a lot more opportunities to engage and connect with others. However, there are still a number of public health requirements we all need to follow. Please do continue to monitor your health and do not send your children to school if they are not well (and please seek advice about getting a COVID test).

All the required safety precautions for Alert Level 2 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cough and sneeze into their elbow.

While physical distancing is not a requirement in schools, we will be doing our best to keep students from congregating in very large numbers and keeping spaces well-ventilated.

Face coverings are not required to be worn in school. The Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school – just as older children are required to wear face coverings in some other places. The decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected.

Please get in touch if you have any questions, or need support.

See you Thursday!

Lynden Cook, Principal principal@kaharoa.school.nz

Rose Powley, Deputy Principal rosep@kaharoa.school.nz

From the Kaharoa School Team

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31 August 2021

Kia Ora Community,

Please find below the fourth letter regarding Covid. This letter contains general updates from the government. Also, thank you to those that filled in the online form and indicated if there are no alternative care arrangements possible for your child. This online form is now closed. If your childcare arrangements change please let us know via email or phoning 027 542 5400 (the school phone has now been found!)

If you were one of the families that required to be at school from tomorrow, and part of a bubble at school, you would have been phoned this afternoon. An important email with the information you need before tomorrow will come out to you only later this evening, as we are still working on our health and safety plan, which is nearly completed.

Ngā Mihi,

Lynden Cook

Tumuaki/Principal

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24 August 2021

Remaining at Alert Level 4

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Kia ora koutou,

I think we had all anticipated a further extension of Alert Level 4, and the Prime Minister has confirmed this. The Alert Level will be reviewed on Friday afternoon, but for now Alert Level 4 will remain in place until 11:59pm Friday 27 August.

Despite this news, it is really pleasing to see Alert Level 4 is having its impact on the number of confirmed cases, with numbers not dramatically increasing as they would likely have done if we had been at a lower Alert Level.

And so our distance learning programme will continue! Thank you for your support with the education of your child. With this disruption to Term 3, and uncertainty around group size and rules for having visitors on school grounds later in the term, we have had to cancel the School Production for 2021. We considered a range of options including moving it to Term 4, but we also have two staff going on parental leave, report writing, and end of year processes which make this impossible. Classes will be invited to share a low-key dance or drama item in a school assembly later in the term, or early in Term 4. As a school we are committed to providing a wide range of opportunities for our students, but unfortunately the production is not practical to continue with this year.

Please also note, our school newsletter will come out shortly!

Some notes from the Ministry of Education:

A big thank you for taking the lockdown seriously and doing what we have been asked – we’ve seen before that staying at home will break the chain of transmission and save lives. It is even more important that we all follow the health advice because the Delta variant is very contagious.

Breaking the rules risks the health of those close to you, and the wider community and could result in the lockdown period being extended.

Please remember that the school, playground and school grounds remain closed at Alert Level 4.

Otherwise, you will be in breach of the COVID-19 Health Response Order. As always, please let us know if there is anything you need to support you and your tamariki during this time.

You may be wondering how, with so many contacts being identified of confirmed cases, we aren’t seeing bigger case numbers identified. Just like the Delta variant is different, so has been New Zealand’s response. Previously we might have moved to Alert Level 2 or 3 if there was a new COVID-19 case in the community (which happened most recently in Wellington). This time we moved immediately to Alert Level 4, after only one case had been identified.

Health authorities are also casting a MUCH wider net to determine who is a contact of a confirmed case. People who previously might have been considered a casual contact are now being treated as contacts. Where schools may have closed for three days while contact tracing was undertaken, they are now closing for 14 days with staff and students all self-isolating for that time. As a result, there are more than 13,000 close contacts being followed up by health authorities.

There is a lot we can all do to protect our whānau and community from COVID-19 including:

· Everyone must continue to stay home in their bubble.

· Do not mix with other household bubbles – if they have COVID-19, it can easily spread to your household, and every other household they and you are connecting with.

· As new cases are identified, new locations of interest are added to the Ministry of Health website – please keep checking this. You can search by your location and they are sorted by date, so you only need to check the locations which have been added when you last checked.

Copy and paste into your browser if the link doesn’t work: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/contact-tracing-covid-19/covid-19-contact-tracing-locations-interest

· Wash your hands regularly, especially when you have been out in public.

· Stay home if you are feeling unwell and seek advice about whether you need to get a test.

· Wear a face covering when out and about, and you MUST wear a face covering in any businesses or services which are open at Alert Level 4 (unless you have specifically been exempted from doing so, which includes anyone aged under 12).

· Keep a two-metre distance from people outside your household bubble.

· Check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go or keep a manual record (a reminder the App only stores information on your own phone – no one else will know who it is that checked in, or when).

Copy and paste into your browser if the link doesn’t work: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-resources-and-tools/nz-covid-tracer-app

You can go to the COVID19.govt.nz website if you would like more information on Alert Level 4 requirements.

Copy and paste into your browser if the link doesn’t work: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and-updates/alert-level-4/

We can also make sure we are passing on good information. There is a very helpful article by Dr Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris in The Spinoff regarding misinformation and disinformation.

Copy and paste into your browser if the link doesn’t work: https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/21-08-2021/siouxsie-wiles-toby-morris-the-red-flags-of-covid-misinformation/?fbclid=IwAR1PExAPZXNNiwL_z7oyJqkSr-1VeOL-t8ScctthsW7EEaJlKQXGe8Ig4W8

Their red flags for how to spot bad information are particularly well-summarised. Bad information will:

· downplay COVID-19 and the pandemic

· focus on survival rate

· ignore long COVID

· emphasise individual freedom

· try to sell you something

· push simple cures/treatments

· make you feel fearful or angry.

“Good information put out to help you make an informed choice won’t make you feel scared or angry. It’ll make you feel empowered.”

Finally, we know some families in our community may be finding it difficult to access food and essential items such as medicine. This information about how to access to food or essential items summarises the supports that are available, including financial help to buy food.

Copy and paste into your browser if the link doesn’t work: https://assets.education.govt.nz/public/Documents/School/SchoolsBulletin/2021-Bulletins/2021AUG23/Access-to-food-or-essential-items.pdf

Please do take care and let us know how we can best support you and your whānau.

Kia kaha!

Lynden Cook, Principal principal@kaharoa.school.nz

Rose Powley, Deputy Principal rosep@kaharoa.school.nz

From the Kaharoa School Team

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22 August 2021

Please see attached below advice from our internet network about using devices safely for students at home. The web is an easy place to click a few links and end up viewing objectionable material.

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20 August 2021

Dear Kaharoa Community,

Please see attached letter about Home Learning next week.

Most importantly - if your child doesn’t have access to a device and requires one delivered if we are allowed to, please complete the Google form mentioned below.

LEARNING FROM HOME

The government announcement this afternoon has given us more information about what to expect in the coming days. The Kaharoa Team has been preparing behind the scenes for the possibility of learning from home next week. We plan a week at a time, so we will send out a week of home learning regardless and if we are allowed back at school later next week that will be a bonus.

Devices:

If your child doesn’t have a device they can use at home for their learning or zoom meetings, please fill in this Google Form by midday Saturday 21st August at the latest and we will see what we are able to do with delivering a device if essential for your child. Also, if you are unable to access the internet at home, please also indicate on the Google form so we can consider options for learning for your child at home. If your child left their device at Kaharoa School on Tuesday, please also complete the form using the link below.

Week Overview:

Teachers will send an email to parents of their students on Sunday around 5pm with an overview of learning opportunities for the week. Many families won’t need to look at this until Monday morning, but for those in our community that continue to work this allows you to view the plan in advance.

Focus of Learning from Home:

We learned from the last lockdown the huge impact on health and wellbeing that can occur. Teachers have focussed their weekly overview on activities that students can access and participate in to review learning, practice skills, and engage in hands-on activities rather than pushing forward into new challenging learning. We encourage you to use this time to connect, spend time together, and work on school learning projects.

All tasks sent home are suggestions for learning, and you are welcome to pick and choose to suit your family situation and where your child is at.

Zoom Sessions:

Teachers have been asked to connect with students via Zoom 2-5 times per week. The purpose of this is to connect with students, and support their learning. While we encourage students to attend, these are not compulsory. (Note: Seniors in Tōtara and Tawa will use the Google Video Meet connected to student google accounts). Links to the meet times will be emailed to parents prior to the session.

9:00am

Kauri: Daily

9:30am

Tawa: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

10:00am

Kowhai: Daily

Miro: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

10:30am

Totara: 2-3 times per week as needed. Will be in class week overview.

11:00am

Matai: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

11:30am

Rata: Monday and Wednesday

Rimu: Tuesday and Thursday


Platforms for Learning (Seesaw, Class Dojo, Google Classroom):

We acknowledge that for families with multiple students, Kaharoa School uses a range of platforms to share student learning. With the sudden lockdown we have decided to use what the class already had set up. This allows students to use what they are familiar with. To help with clear communication, information that parents need to know will be sent by EMAIL by the class teacher. Any questions about learning, please get in touch with the classroom teacher first, and you are also welcome to contact us as below.

School Newsletter:

We are working on our fortnightly school newsletter as it was partially complete when we went into lockdown. This will come out early next week.

School Cellphone:

When I was up at school doing a security check and pulling down the blinds late on Tuesday night I must have put the cellphone down and now can’t access the site to retrieve it. Please email as below if you need to get in contact.

Kia kaha Kaharoa School and wider community. Look out for each other and stay in touch.

Lynden Cook, Principal principal@kaharoa.school.nz

Rose Powley, Deputy Principal rosep@kaharoa.school.nz

From the Kaharoa School Team

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17 August 2021

Lockdown

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

We again find ourselves buckling in for a lockdown ride. Similar to Rainbows End theme park, for some families, this is a roller coaster of juggling priorities, for others it is the gentle log flume ride and a pause from work, and then for others, it is the anxious wait at the top of the fearfall not knowing when the big lurch downwards is coming.

One thing we learned from the 2020 lockdown is that every family experience is quite different. Looking out for each other in our different bubbles or ride experiences is essential. Please get in touch if you are needing support and we can use our school network to help each other.

In the coming days we will know more information, and so below is a plan for the remainder of the week. Keep in mind that some families will fill the days with their own home family activities, while other families may be looking for ideas.


Wednesday 18th August:

-NO SCHOOL FOR ANY STUDENTS as per Ministry of Education guidelines

-Sent via email are a few optional activities students could do tomorrow (Wednesday) if helpful.

-Later on Wednesday, teachers will email home some simple optional activities for the next two days.



Thursday 19th August and Friday 20th August:


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NO SCHOOL FOR ANY STUDENTS as per Ministry of Education guidelines

-Class teachers will have sent a few simple optional activities students can do at home for Thursday and Friday.

-We will then know what the government is thinking for next week, and teachers will be planning for the following week.


Communication:

-We will communicate with you with copies of all ongoing Kaharoa School communications via email, our Kaharoa School Website, and Facebook.

-For learning-related questions, please contact your child’s teacher in the first instance. You can also contact as below:

Lynden Cook, Principal 0275425400 (school cell phone) principal@kaharoa.school.nz

Rose Powley, Deputy Principal rosep@kaharoa.school.nz

Kia kaha Kaharoa School and wider community. Look out for each other and stay in touch.

From the Kaharoa School Team

https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and-updates/alert-level-4/#education

Education:

All schools and early childhood education centres are closed.

Schools will be providing information directly to all parents about what this means for them.

Schools are establishing ways to teach online and remotely.

Where possible, Alert Level 4 workers with children aged 0 to 14 need to make their own arrangements for childcare.

We know this will not be possible for everyone.


Activities for Students - Wednesday August 18th 2021

Fitness:
create a fitness circuit at home using household objects, steps, and hills. Time yourself and then see if you can repeat and shave 10 seconds off each circuit.
Find a piece of sports equipment (e.g. a ball) and design a new game that uses that equipment.

Mathematics:
practice basic counting, skip counting in 3, 4, 5, 10, basic facts, or complex sums using decimal numbers.
Geometry and Measurement: find 10 household objects and organise them by various attributes e.g. height, width, weight, density, number of edges, corners, faces.

Writing:
Write an email or make a card for a family member. Ask them about their plans for the week and tell them what you are up to.
Write a journal of how you are planning to spend the next few days. What are the surprises and challenges for your family?

Reading:
Read the newspaper, a novel, online news articles e.g. Kiwi Kids News

Health:
Look around your house and see what you can do to help your family. Do a little something extra today for each person living in your house. e.g. vacuum the floor, tidy up outside, look after your brother/sister.
Decide on one thing you can do to relax and re-energise e.g. get some fresh air and take 5 deep breaths, listen to your favourite song and dance like noone is watching.


File Download: Letter_4_-_Covid_19_-_August_2021.pdf


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