Communication from Mr Byers

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Kia ora koutou Stanley Ave families/whānau,

I trust you are all well in your bubbles. We are looking forward to having our school and teachers back together as one in the coming weeks. Our bubble of students at school are going well considering the current restrictions placed on them. Mrs Finucane and Miss Klein are doing an excellent job managing their learning and social distancing. Today they are even having a Mufti Day!

It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and I thank the Stanley Avenue School Community for the responsible stance they have taken. Student’s efforts and family support with Distance Learning is to be commended.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff. Additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.

The good news is that when we are advised, we will be ready to welcome all students and staff back to our school site.

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 that person, if someone in a school is infected. 

As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.

Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms. 

Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid’s not measles or chickenpox, it doesn’t hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don’t have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their ‘moist breath’ zone”. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2!

It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. 

If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact me.

 

  • We will be sending out more specific communication next week after Monday’s announcement by the Prime Minister.

 

  • Should we move to Alert level 2, school will not start back until Monday 18th May at the earliest. 

 

  • We are currently preparing a survey to be sent out early next week to indicate how many students will be returning to school at Alert Level 2. This will help our planning and preparation. Thank you in advance for your co-operation with this.

 

Ngā mihi nui

 

John Byers Principal

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