HAWERA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

NEWSLETTER MAY 2020

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COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Health and Safety Protocols

What will school look like at Alert Level 2?


These procedures have been developed with the safety of staff and students in mind:

We will continue to follow the guidelines set out in the School Pandemic Plan and manage all of the areas identified below.

We have chosen to control the controllable rather than return to all areas of normal school.

For this reason we have chosen to continue to limit all non-essential curriculum activity both in and outside of school.

While many of you will be anxious at this time, we will ensure that school is the safest possible place for your children to be outside of your family bubbles.

At all times we will be following the most up to date advice from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health. We will review these protocols weekly.

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The school bus service and SESTA (special school transport assistance) will return under level two. The ongoing safety of drivers and students and the ability to contact trace is a priority when we enter Alert Level 2 and will be managed in the following ways:

-Ministry bus services will run to normal timetables.

-SESTA services will run to normal timetables. Transport operators will liaise with families about their transport needs

-The Ministry is supplying hand sanitiser for students and drivers to use on every journey. Increased cleaning and sanitising practices will be made after each trip.

-The seat behind the driver will be left empty

-if a student appears sick, the transport company will contact the school immediately.

Remember the Level 2 COVID-19 controls are intended to:

  • ensure people with COVID-19 symptoms stay off the premises

  • maintain physical distancing

  • enable good hygiene practices

  • keep track of people that enter the premises.

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 a person, if someone in a school is infected.

If you have any further questions or queries about our health and safety measures please contact our principal, Neryda Sullivan via email principal@hi.school.nz or let your child’s teacher know so they can pass it on.

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PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE NOTICE

The Public Health Nurse service is still available to all families for any health related needs. We aim to deliver contactless service where possible. If face to face is needed, we have strict processes to follow to ensure that all involved stay safe.

Referrals or queries can be made as usual through your school class teacher or as a self referral.

If you are unsure whether to refer to our service, call : PHN Mary Poulose on 027 5173 480.

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