Karamu High School - COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 update 22 September 2020

Update 23

Afternoon All,

I am sure you were as pleased as I was to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday about moving to Alert Level 1. 

At Karamu we will continue to have good cleaning routines in place, people who are sick are required to stay at home and we encourage good hygiene practices.

We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app, please visit the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page on their website as it has information to help you do that. However, even if you sign in using our QR codes we also request all visitors to please sign in at the Office during school hours.

What is changing is we can now look forward to welcoming our school community back on site for sport, cultural and other school activities, and we will now be able to have assemblies. We are especially looking forward to ‘Karamu’s Got Talent’ on Friday. While most of us are familiar with requirements at Alert Level 1, we will continue to emphasise the importance of:

  • Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Staying away if sick
  • Keeping the appropriate physical distance from others
  • Cleaning and disinfecting our high touch surfaces daily

Please also maintain these through the upcoming holiday period, especially if travelling or in areas with large numbers of people.

Thank you for your continued support for all we are doing to keep our students, our school and our community safe.

Ngā mihi nui

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas
Principal


COVID-19 update 15 September 2020

Update 22

Tena koutou katoa

Yesterday the Prime Minister announced a continuation of current Covid alert levels until next Monday.
It is hoped we will move to Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm on Monday 21 September.

This decision is contingent on cases tracking as they are and maintaining the containment we have seen. The move to Alert Level 1 will be confirmed when Cabinet meet on Monday 21 September.

We are therefore still in Alert Level 2 and therefore remind all students, staff and caregivers of the following guidelines:

  • Maintain good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette;
  • Stay away from school if sick;
  • Keep the appropriate physical distance from others;
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily;
  • Use the QR code on the posters at our entrances for the NZ COVID Tracer App or sign in the visitor register if you visit our site.

Face coverings continue to be compulsory on public transport (with existing exemptions continuing, including anyone under 12).  Face coverings continue to not be required on school transport.

Covid Information
While we are doing the right things, it is important that we continue to pay attention to the right information. Misinformation is designed to create panic, fear and confusion. Check your source. Get the real deal from the Ministry of Health or Unite Against COVID-19 websites. The Ministry of Education also provides information for schools and early learning services including specific information for parents and caregivers.

Our knowledge of COVID-19 is developing quickly. But misinformation spreads further and faster. Be part of the solution. Don’t share posts or stories if you’re not sure if they’re true or aren’t from trusted sources like the Ministry of Health or Unite Against COVID-19 websites. 

Te Wiki o te reo Māori
Yesterday also marked 45 years since the first Te Wiki o te reo Māori (Māori Language Week) was held. It is a point in time to celebrate, promote and encourage use of te reo – it is also a prompt that every time we use te reo we contribute to its revitalisation. Te Wiki o te reo Māori is part of the much broader strategy and work programme, Tau Mai Te Reo (Māori language strategy for Education) to help achieve the Government’s target of a million people using te reo in everyday life by 2040. Within this strategy is the very successful Te Ahu o te Reo Māori programme providing opportunities for teachers to make te reo part of their everyday teaching lives. We are enjoying the heightened opportunity this week to celebrate, share and honor this wonderful language with activities in classes, at lunchtime and across the school.

 Āraia te kino and protect yourself, your whānau and your whakapapa.

Ngā mihi 

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas
Principal


COVID-19 update 28 August 2020

Update 21

Kia ora koutou 

I wanted to give you an update on some changes taking place next week and what they mean for your children and whānau.  

Masks
You are probably aware the Prime Minister has announced that face coverings will be required on public transport from next Monday 31 August, at Alert Level 2 and above. This does not apply to any child who is under 12 years of age and does not apply to school transport (there are good systems in place to manage safety on school transport). 

Public Health officials have also advised that children under the age of 6 should not wear face coverings.  

Children and young people do not need to wear face coverings at school. Other public health control measures are in place including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements. 

Your child can wear a face covering to school however, if they want to, that’s fine. 

Face coverings are another way we can help keep ourselves and others safe, along with good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing when out and about and staying home if we are sick. 

QR code posters
We’re continuing contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances, so please check in every time you come onsite.  

If you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s website has information to help you do that. We’ll also keep a visitor register for anyone who doesn’t have the app and also for anyone who comes onsite for a period of time. This will help us with contact tracing in the unlikely case it is needed. 

If you have any questions about face coverings or anything else, please get in touch. 

Ngā mihi 

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas
Principal

 

COVID-19 update 25 August 2020

Update 20

Kia ora koutou

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister yesterday afternoon we will be remaining at Alert Level 2 until at least 6 September.

A few reminders that while everyone is onsite at Alert Level 2, we must adhere to key health measures including: 

  • Good hand hygiene (ie: Hand sanitizing) on entry to rooms 
  • Sound cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Staying away if sick
  • Keeping the appropriate physical distance from others
  • Cleaning and disinfecting our high touch surfaces daily
  • Displaying QR code posters at our entrances and encouraging our community to download the NZ COVID Tracer App and use it if they come onsite
  • Keeping a visitor register for anyone who cannot use the app and for other visitors who come onsite for a period of time.

Masks
We know all these things will help to keep our community as safe as possible and because of these measures, your child does not need to wear a face covering while at school. However, we will of course support them should they choose to do so. Face coverings have become mandatory when using public transport from Monday 31 August and we are awaiting confirmation on an age limit. We will update students that use our bus services on this when details are confirmed.

Support
For those of you who might be finding things more difficult than usual, a reminder that there is a large range of support available for businesses and the community. We encourage you to go to the covid19.govt.nz for more information, or get in touch and we will help you to find the information and support you need.

Sport 
Each sporting code has now worked through their Alert Level 2 plans and once again we urge parents and caregivers to look directly at the websites or Facebook pages for the codes your children are participating in ie: Hawkes Bay Netball, Hawkes Bay Hockey, Canoe Polo Hawkes Bay etc. for the most up-to-date criteria for that code/facility. Many codes are not allowing spectators so please check before attending. 

Being in Alert Level 2 has meant several planned activities have been canceled or postponed due to gathering restrictions, health and safety regulations or the challenge of planning events that cannot be guaranteed to proceed. We appreciate this has been exceptionally frustrating for students, whanau and staff. Thankyou for your understanding and patience while we have tried to work through alternative dates for the likes of the Cabaret. If anything, this year has taught us resilience. We have drawn on focusing on those things we can control, made connections we never thought we would, contributed in ways we never imaged, coped and developed character.  Kia Kaha Karamu.

Ngā mihi 

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas
Principal


COVID-19 update 17 August 2020

Update 19

Kia ora koutou 

It is pleasing to see that we have not moved to a higher alert level and we are to remain in Level 2. This means we can keep the school open and face to face learning in the classroom will continue in a safe environment. 

New Zealanders are responding to this latest outbreak by getting tested if unwell and staying home; good practice for all of us to follow if we are to get on top of this pandemic. 

While most of us are familiar with the requirements at Alert Level 2, we must continue to emphasise the importance of:  

  • Good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette 
  • Staying away if sick 
  • Keeping the appropriate physical distance from others 
  • Cleaning and disinfecting our high touch surfaces daily 
  • Displaying QR code posters at our entrances and encouraging all of our community to download the NZ COVID Tracer App and use it if they come on-site 
  • Keeping a visitor register for anyone who cannot use the app and for other essential visitors 

We know all these things will help to keep our community as safe as possible. Because of these measures being in place, your child does not need to wear a face covering while at school. 

Reports Evenings  

  • Seniors Tuesday 18th August 4.30 -7.30pm  
  • Juniors Thursday 20th August 5-8pm 

Because of the current restrictions around gatherings and social distancing we have made the decision to run these ONLINE. 

We will be using the video call function within our remote learning tool TEAMS of which your child will be familiar with. The teacher will be calling the student through TEAMS at the time you booked your interview through the Schoolinterviews website. This does not mean the child needs to be at the interview the whole time, you could ask them to leave the room etc, you just need their device set up with the school TEAMS application open. 

If you would rather not have an online interview please email the teacher directly and cancel. 

However, I do encourage you to continue with these as teachers will be prepared with your child’s most recent results, a copy of their report (which you have been emailed last week) and any other learning notes they see as needed for the interview.  

Students will be briefed on Monday and Tuesday this week around how the interviews work. Any questions please contact DP, Mr Damien Hollands. 

Interviews will be 4 minutes long to give time to call the next parent. 

NCEA
We know that whanau and students will be concerned about the possible effect a change in Covid Alert level may have on NCEA. 

The re-emergence of COVID-19 in the community just further highlights the importance of being ready in the event that students are unable to complete their full programme of assessment. 
  
Benchmark (practice) examinations are our means of collecting valid, standard-specific evidence that can be used for derived grades or Unexpected Event Grades. Collecting this evidence will ensure students can be assessed for these standards if COVID-19 disrupts their external assessments.  Internal assessments are just as important. 

Staff are working with students to track their NCEA achievement and we appreciate whanau working with us in this manner. Conversations around this at the Senior Report Evening will be timely, but if necessary, contact your child’s Dean for further support or Acting DP – Curriculum Ms Sarah Gunn if you have concerns.  

Sport
While disappointing most sport was cancelled or postponed in the second half of last week, it was in the safety interests of the players and spectators.  

We have been advised each sporting code has been working through their Alert Level 2 plans and therefore I therefore urge parents and caregivers to look directly at the websites or Facebook pages for the codes your children are participating in ie: Hawkes Bay Netball, Hawkes Bay Hockey, Canoe Polo Hawkes Bay etc. for the most up-to-date criteria for that code/facility. Secondary sport does not fall under one umbrella in Hawkes Bay and so we have information coming from multiple platforms.  

School coaches/managers will also inform students as the information comes to hand.  

Thank you for your continued support for all we are doing to keep our community safe.

Ngā mihi 

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas
Principal


COVID-19 update 12 August 2020

Update 18

Kia Ora Whanau 

The Prime Minister announced last night, due to community transmission in Auckland, Hastings is now back in Covid Alert Level 2. However, children can continue to attend our school site for learning at Alert Level 2. 

Public health advice is that schools, early learning services and tertiary institutions are safe to open onsite at Alert Level 2 to all learners. People do not need to return to bubbles at Alert Level 2 and can meet with friends and family. But people need to play it safe and continue to take sensible health and safety precautions. 

At Level 2, almost all children and young people can continue to attend early learning services, schools and kura onsite. The only exceptions are children or young people who are sick and have any COVID-19 symptoms, are in isolation, or are awaiting the result of a test.  

Playground, sports equipment use and sports, including contact sports, remain available at Alert Level 2. School transport services remain at normal schedules. The ongoing safety of drivers and students and the ability to contact trace will be a priority at Alert Level 2. 

There are two key public health principles that support our education approach to Alert Level 2. These are to minimize the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact, if someone in an education institution is infected. Prompt and regular attendance is therefore very important. 

Strong public health control measures will be back in place in all education institutions, including learners and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing for all visitors on site, and safe hygiene requirements (such as use of hand sanitizer and no availability of communal drinking fountain).  

Alert Level 2 is all about being safe and sensible and therefore physical distancing will also remain important where possible. 

We are seeking guidance around the Year 13 Cabaret planned for Thursday evening. 

Some students may feel anxious, angry or frustrated about the change in Alert levels and I urge them to seek support from their peers, teachers, form teacher or Dean. 

Ngā manaakitanga, take care of yourself and your whanau.

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas
Principal

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