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Letter from the Principal 24.03.20

Letter from Mr Chris Rooney, Principal

With yesterday’s announcement by Government, we are implementing with urgency our plan to support your son’s learning from home. We appreciate this is a sudden and significant change and will be heavily disruptive to many people in our community.

For children of essential workers, we are able to supervise your son tomorrow. You may wish to check if you are considered an essential worker - https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-system/  however those roles include doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and police. We continue to ask that students who are not well, do not attend school.
 
For all other students, we will be supporting their learning from your home in the following ways:

  • through online learning
  • information on how teachers will engage with students at home
  • have the ability to contact staff via email – via the school website

We have decided to continue with the teaching plan we had in place before the Alert Level 4 status. The reason is to maintain the momentum and routine of teaching and learning.

Teachers will provide online work until Thursday, 9 April. From Tuesday, 28 April teaching will resume either face to face or continue with remote teaching. This depends on information received from the Government at this time.
 
Your son will be looking to you for guidance about decisions made. Parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers will have a particularly important part to play in reassuring students at this time. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to read the information put together by the Ministry of Education to support your conversations with your children – Talking to children about COVID-19
 
As noted by the Prime Minister these restrictions are our best chance to slow the virus in New Zealand and to save lives. We all have a clear role here to slow the spread of COVID-19. 
 
I will continue to communicate with you over the coming days as I work from home. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school staff and school community. 
 
Ngā mihi

Chris Rooney, Principal 

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