Kia ora tatou to our Te Aroha families,
We hope this letter finds you healthy and enjoying the company of friends and family.
Since we finished school on Friday we have had a number of updates from the Ministry of Education.
As a team of leaders in the Te Aroha community, we wanted to be sure we were sending you all a similar message.
The pace of change has been rapid. We have all been continuing to ensure we are acting nimbly to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community as we move forward.
The announcement made on Saturday 21 March by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and by the Health Minister today indicated that New Zealand was on alert level 2. This has a number of implications for us all.
Firstly those community members over 70 and those who are immune-compromised need to immediately self-isolate.
In some schools, this will impact on staffing, which will impact on our daily programmes.
While it also has the potential to impact on our bus services, Turley Motors has assured schools that it will be bus services as usual on Monday. We will update you should this change.
Schools will remain open but this will affect how some of our classes function.
If we have to move to Level 3 this will be advised by the Ministry of Health and we will communicate back to you.
If you do intend to self-isolate or temporarily withdraw your child/ren from school for the foreseeable future, it is important that you advise the school through the usual absentee channels (phone/email/website) to help us with our planning over the next few days.
We are all committed to supporting learning in this challenging landscape. Working together is the way forward for us all.
Atawhai tetahi ki tetahi
Be kind to each other