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

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.

Kind regards,

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