" A friendly, caring school with quality learning and quality behaviour that respects the needs of the individual student in the spirit of partnership between the school, caregivers and the community."
“He kura manaaki, he kura atawhai i nga tikanga rangatira, nga tikanga ahua noho o te tauira i roto i te wairua ngatahi kei waenganui i te kura, nga kaitiaki me te iwi kainga.”
Kia Ora Whanau
In response to yesterday’s announcement through the media regarding a change to Alert Level 2, here is the latest information. Firstly my apologies for not being able to inform you earlier, all schools were waiting for the official information affecting schools from the Government. It only arrived this afternoon and we needed to check our protocols against it.
Therefore our school will be open under Alert Level 2 from Thursday September 9th. Please read the Alert Level 2 Protocols for Learning Matrix provided, as this informs you of how the school will operate. If there are any questions please contact the school either through your child's teacher or front office.
Tomorrow, Wednesday September 8th the school will operate under Alert Level 3 Bubble School protocols. Any student already attending school during level 3 will be able to attend. We will have enough staff to supervise these students only. All other students need to remain at home and can continue with the Technology activities already provided. The staff are required to plan and prepare their classrooms for Thursday and are therefore not available to provide instruction. Thank you for supporting us with this as we want Thursday to go to plan and be a success.
Student Attendance Expectations - the day operates as normal, finishing at 3pm.
Students are expected to attend school unless the following is relevant:
1. They are unwell for any reason, are showing possible symptoms of Covid-19 and/or are awaiting results of tests.
2. They are in a position of having to self isolate until they get tested.
3. All students must go straight to their classrooms upon arrival where they will meet their teacher. No student should be onsite until 8:15am (excluding bus students).
4. Unfortunately we need to ask that no whanau be onsite at all. Please present at the front office only & complete sign in protocols if you need to speak in person with us.
Please note: The school does reserve the right to send any student home if they are observed as having possible signs of illness of any kind.
Expectations on wearing facemasks during school.
The expectation is that facemasks for students (and staff) is recommended but not compulsory. It is an individual choice for whanau and will be respected. If a student chooses to wear a facemask they should supply & wear their own. It is also optional on school buses to wear facemasks. However, it is worth noting that when using public services (buses, public places etc), wearing a facemask is mandatory, so whanau should prepare accordingly.
It is also worth noting that schools have exemptions for most of the rules for gatherings, wearing of face masks and physical distancing. This is due to schools being managed environments where people are there to receive, provide or support education services.
All such protocols are subject to last minute changes depending on circumstances, advice given and/or change in alert levels.
The focus for our school on Thursday will be well-being and connection. We want to welcome back our students in the friendly and caring manner in which our school is known for. It is important for our students to reconnect with their teacher, classmates and classroom culture in a non threatening way. The structured learning provided on Thursday will be based on the key competencies and allow the students the chance to share experiences and acknowledge the lockdown. The learning on Friday will return to the settled, structured learning programmes in place before this lockdown began.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming back our students to school and will ensure that their safety is a priority. We will do all that we can to reduce (although we cannot eliminate) any risk to the students well-being. The learning will pick up where we left off and we will move it forward progressively. Thank you for your support over the last few weeks and all the work you did in helping with our child's learning. We look forward to seeing you again in the very near future.
Whakatane Intermediate School Alert Level 2 Protocols for Learning
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