GIS Covid Update
12 October 2021 - Start of Term 4 information
Government has kept with their cautious approach when responding to COVID-19, and as a result, we will stay at Alert Level 3 for a bit longer. Distance Learning will resume for the majority of students on Monday 18 October. We are going to being the term with a whole school assembly (via google meet) at 10.00a.m. Links to the assembly will be posted in google classrooms.
We are proud of how our community has responded to this outbreak, but the mahi isn’t yet done. Please continue to follow all the alert level requirements including staying at home and getting tested for COVID-19 if you are feeling unwell, and for your own sake and for the health of your whānau, please get vaccinated. I have included some information about vaccinations to support decision making. These are the very best things we can do to keep our community as safe as possible and get everyone back to school.
This newsletter contains other information relating to the start of term that I hope you will find helpful. Read on to find out more about:
- Bubble School
- Teacher & Student Vaccinations
- Hard Packs of Learning materials
As always - feel free to email me if you have any questions.
For those of you with no other option, Bubble School will be once again in operation from Monday 18 October. Teacher aides will supervise students while they continue to learn within Screenmeadows.
If you wish your child to attend Bubble School, please email me before the end of this week. We need to know the following information in order for us to arrange for the appropriate staffing required to form bubbles of 10:
- Name of student & room number
- Confirmation of the days they be attending
It is important that students attend consistently if they sign up for bubble school - part time attendance is perfectly ok if the parents work pattern is part time. However, it is preferable if they do attend on the days they sign up for unless they are sick.
Vaccinations for staff and students
All staff will have to have a negative COVID-19 test before they can return to school next term. This will initially involve those staff who will be on site to support the bubble school. Should we have any staff who are not fully vaccinated (ie had both doses), they will be tested each week. This is not a requirement for those who are fully vaccinated.
Students who are 12 and over are encouraged to have the vaccine. If we were to have a case of COVID-19 in our school, public health authorities will want to know if we are a school with a high vaccination rate. The more highly vaccinated we are (staff and eligible students), the less likely it will be that we will have to close down for a long period of time, or we might not need to close at all. The Minister of Education has also announced that schools are required to keep a record of student vaccination rates - I am awaiting more guidance around this from the Ministry of Education and will keep you informed.
Hard Packs of Learning Materials
These will be available for contactless pick up on Tuesday 19th October or Wednesday 20th October from the school entrance area. Please wear a mask.