Principal’s Message Term 2, Week 5

Kia ora koutou,

As we return to school on Monday 18th May, we would like to assure you of the practices we are putting in place. Student and staff health and wellbeing are at the forefront of our plans. We continue to liaise with the Ministry of Education to manage a safe re-entry to school at level 2. At Fairfield School we are managing health and safety risks and the protection of our staff, children and community. Our practices which meet public health requirements will include controls such as:-

1. Students are not permitted to enter the school grounds before 8.30a.m. This is to avoid large groups of children congregating unsupervised, in a common area.

2.We ask parents to drop their child off at the gate where possible. Physical distancing of 2 metres is recommended for parents and caregivers.

3. If parents need to be on school grounds (under level 2 health and safety guidelines and contact tracing) they will need to sign-in and also sign-out, recording names and contact details. The sign-in/sign-out form will be at the MacArthur and Fairfield Rd. entrances. As per normal practice, if you are signing a child out during school hours, this must be done using the electronic system at the office.

4. Staggered entry will occur as we ask years 1-4 students to enter school via Fairfield Rd. entrance and years 5-8 students to enter via MacArthur Street entrance (siblings of juniors may enter together via Fairfield Rd. entrance). Students in Years 1-3 will be met at the gate by their teacher and at the end of the day students in Years 1-4 will be taken by their teacher to the Fairfield Rd. entrance to meet parents or they will walk home if this is usual practice. Students in Years 1-3, who arrive after 8.40 will be met by a staff member who will escort them to class. The usual procedure for students arriving late to school must be signed in at the office. We do encourage punctuality to assist in the safe return to school for all students.

5. Water fountains will be closed off – please remind your child to bring a water bottle to school each day. This should be named.

6. Technology devices which have been issued to students will need to be returned to school on Monday 18th May to class teachers. These will be cleaned before being re-issued to classrooms.

7. Maintaining physical distancing so that children are not breathing on or touching each other
Good hygiene practices with regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces

8. All surfaces will be disinfected and cleaned daily

9. Hand sanitiser at entry to class rooms

10. Reminding students to regularly wash and dry their hands, cough and sneeze into their elbow, and try to avoid touching their face

11. Contact tracing registers will be set up to identify adults on site

12. Parents are asked to keep sick children at home. Parents will be asked to take their child home,
if their child is presenting as unwell

13. Break times will be staggered so that Year 1-4 will have different play times to the Years 5 -8 and
there will be separate areas of the school designated for years 1-4 and years 5-8

14. Classroom temperatures will be kept at a minimum of 18 degrees

15. The children will be allowed to play with the sports equipment which will be allocated to each
classroom.

16. Upon arrival at school, students will be asked to remain in their classroom and not play outside, prior to school starting.

17. For the moment, we will not have assemblies and classes will remain working within their own classroom environment.

With the restrictions being lifted to level 2, we do hope you enjoy some resemblance of ‘normality’ as you reconnect with loved ones. We thank you for the wonderful work you have done to support your children with online learning. Teachers have remarked on the superb job, students and whānau have done. To allow teachers to plan for reopening on Monday the 18th, there will be no online delivery of lessons by teachers online on Friday. The staff and I are all looking forward to reconnecting with our students.

Below is a link to a YouTube video which is designed to teach children to wash their hands. Great to share and inform our children about safe hygiene practice.

https://safeYouTube.net/w/QgtE

Kind regards,

Kelly Binning – Rangi (Board Chairperson)
Alasdair Maclean (Principal)

Principal’s Message Term 2, Week 5

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

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

The good news is that we will be ready to welcome students and staff back to our school on Monday 18th May.

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. 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, 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. Covid 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.

For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/

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.

Later this week you can expect the following from the school.

1. A short survey from your classroom teacher about your child’s well-being, and how we can support them as we transition back to school.
2. Information from the school on what the ‘new norm’ will look like. This hopefully will be in digital format.
3. An outline the health and safety procedures we are undertaking to ensure your child is cared for.

We will be in touch again soon to update you on our plans.

Ngā mihi


Alasdair Maclean

Principals Message, Term 2, Week 4

Kia ora koutou,

Like me, I am sure you have followed with interest the announcements made by the Prime Minister.  

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 you for your ongoing support for the work we are doing.  

Today, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff, and that 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 able to, 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 a person, if someone in a school is infected. 

Schools will be open to all students and year levels at Alert Level 2 from the beginning of the next school week after the announcement is made.

All staff will be able to be on site from the start of Alert level 2, as will students who have already been on site at Alert Level 3.

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 will 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. 

For more information about the Public Health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/

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 in touch again soon to update you on our plans.

Ngā mihi

Alasdair Maclean
Principal, Fairfield School

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