Principal’s Message, Term 2, Week 9

Good morning,

It’s another great start to the week with the sun shining and children engaging with their learning.

Below I have provided an update the latest information on Level 1 for everyone to understand how we continue keeping safe at school.

Alert Level 1

In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday about Alert Level 1 and the Golden Rules for everyone to follow, we are revising our Alert Level 2 Health and Safety guidance and will disseminate the Alert Level 1 (slimmed down) version as soon as possible after Monday’s announcement of Cabinet’s decision.

From what we know now, we believe the following are the key changes for schools at Alert Level 1:

  • There are no specific public health requirements.
  • There are no restrictions on personal movement; all children and staff continue being safe going to school, and all students must attend school.
  • You are no longer required to keep a contact tracing register but will continue with the usual practice of having a visitor and an attendance register (and will need to work with local health authorities to identify close contacts, should there be a case connected with the school).
  • Physical distancing is not a requirement but is encouraged when you are around people you don’t know.
  • There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings or on physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events.

There are key public health measures (Golden Rules) for everyone in New Zealand to follow. For schools and early learning services this means:

  • If people are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms).
  • Continue to regularly wash and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbows.
  • Soap, water and the ability to dry hands should be provided in bathrooms.
  • Regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  • Support contact tracing efforts by displaying QR Code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App.
  • Stringent self-isolation of those who display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or have been overseas in the last 14 days – Ministry of Health information for self-isolation.

At all levels, upon advice from the local medical officer of health, any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days. So for the most part, Alert Level 1 is very much business as usual for you and good hygiene practices and people who are unwell staying away remain a priority.

Bright Outfit World Vision Fundraiser

Thank you everyone for your support with our Bright Outfit World Vision 40 hr Famine Fundraiser, we raised $315.40!!! More students are doing the 40 Hour Famine over the next few weekends which will raise even more, so a big thank you. Here are some pictures of our children in their wonderful bright outfits.

School Photos – NEXT week! 15th June

Mark your calendar and get those haircuts sorted! School photos will be held next Monday in the Hall starting with the juniors at 9am. Photo orders will be made online as the envelope system is no longer available, this system works well for other schools. For those wanting sibling photos a permission slip will be available from the school office this Wednesday 10th for parents to complete. Each child will receive a unique code after photos have been processed at the lab, to view and order photos online. Unfortunately there were no alternative dates to re-book until 1 December which is too late for online ordering. We apologise for the short notice. If you have any questions speak to the office staff.

Keep it real online campaign

Here is some timely action which may help in keeping your kids safe. This week the Department of Internal Affairs with Netsafe and the Office of Film and Literature Classification is about to launch a ‘Keep it real online’ campaign. This is a New Zealand Government campaign to support parents and caregivers to keep their children safe online, providing info and tips on how to reduce the risks of online harm such as cyber-bullying, inappropriate content, pornography and grooming. The ‘Keep it real online’ website can be found at: www.keepitrealonline.govt.nz. TV, radio and print ads will commence from next Monday (8 June) and will run through to the end of July. There will also be printed and online adverts in English, Te Reo Māori, Samoan, Mandarin and Hindi.

Fairfield Community Group (FCG)

The Fairfield Community Group are a group of volunteers that join together once a month to organise events for our children. Over the last few years they have organised hot dog days, drive in movies, discos and our yearly gala. The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thurdsay 25th June at 7pm in the Staffroom. and we wish to invite our school community along! If you would like more information, please contact Sally Rollinson in Room 7 or srollinson@fairfieldlevin.school.nz.

Have a great week everyone!

Alasdair Maclean