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COVID-19 update 8 March 2021

Update 5

Afternoon All,

It is pleasing that from yesterday morning we moved back to Alert Level 1.
This means we can look forward to hosting the Year 9 Parents Evening on Wednesday 10 March and Athletic Sports on Friday 12 March.

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;
  • Contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances, so please use these or sign in at the Office during school hours when visiting.

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

Nga mihi nui

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas
Principal


COVID-19 update 28 February 2021

Update 4

Tena Koutou

As you will be aware the Prime Minister advised last night that Auckland would move to Alert Level 3, and the rest of the country to Alert Level 2, from 6.00am this morning. This will apply for 7 days and is to be reviewed regularly by the Government. Our thoughts are again with everyone in the Auckland region as their daily lives continue to be unsettled by Covid-19 cases in the community.

From tomorrow we will once again put our Alert Level 2 public health control measures back in place at school, including:

  • learners and staff staying home if they are sick;
  • contact tracing for all visitors on site;
  • safe hygiene requirements (such as use of hand sanitizer/tissues and no availability of communal drinking fountains).

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

We will again stagger our finishing times to lessen the mass exit from school:

  • Year 9 and 10 – finish 2.50pm
  • Year 11, 12 and 13 – finish 3pm

We wish to remind you it is the Government’s expectation that all children attend school at Alert Level 2. It is safe for children and staff to attend school, as there are appropriate health measures in place, including for the children and staff who may be immune compromised. The only exceptions to this are students who are sick and have any COVID-19 symptoms, are in isolation, are awaiting the result of a test, or those who have compromised health and are choosing to stay home. If your child falls into any of these categories please notify us promptly via the absence line on phone 8706143. If students or their close contacts have visited Auckland over the past week, please check the Ministry of Health’s “locations of interest” section on their web site.

Schools are not classified as large gatherings and therefore most events and day-to-day activities at school can go ahead as long as we can adhere to physical distancing. However, as soon as the event or activity brings additional people together, including other students, parents and caregivers, or is offsite, then the rules for gatherings do apply. This unfortunately is the case for the Year 13 breakfast on Wednesday morning. This event therefore will be for students only. Parents that have paid will have this put as a credit on their account. We will advise other event amendments as they arise.

Thank you for your continued support as we work together through these movements between Alert Levels.

Ngā mihi nui

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas
Principal


COVID-19 update 18 February 2021

Update 3

Kia Ora Whanau

It was pleasing to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday afternoon about moving back to Alert Level 1 from today.

It is very important however, that we will continue to have good cleaning routines in place, people who are sick stay at home and we encourage good hygiene practices.

QR code posters will remain at our entrances and we will continue to request all visitors to please sign in at the Office during school hours. 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.

While new cases in the community are always disappointing to hear of, it is reassuring to see how quickly they have been identified. I am sure you join me in being grateful for the efforts of our health workers, scientists and experts in this regard, and the thousands of people who have been tested. The way in which the community of Papatoetoe High School has responded to this challenge should also be acknowledged.

Once again I appreciate some students may be feeling anxious, angry or frustrated about the changes in Alert Levels so I urge them to seek support from their teachers, form teacher or year level dean. Our counsellor, Mr Mark Rolls, is also available for any student that feels they need additional support or guidance.

Ngā mihi nui

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas
Principal


COVID-19 update 15 February 2021

Update 2

Kia Ora Whanau

As the Prime Minister announced last night, due to community transmission, we have now moved back to COVID-19 Alert Level 2. However, we strongly encourage all children to continue to attend school for learning at Alert Level 2. The year has just started, and public health advice is that schools, early learning services and tertiary institutions are safe to operate at Alert Level 2 for all learners. It is however, very important people be 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.

School transport services remain at normal schedules, however the ongoing safety of drivers and students and the ability to contact trace will be a priority at Alert Level 2 so a roll will be taken on our bus services.

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 at school is infected. Prompt and regular attendance is therefore very important. Please notify absences (via the absence line on phone 870 6143) promptly if your child cannot attend due to COVID-19 related concerns (or for usual absentee reasons).

Strong public health control measures will also be back in place at school, including:

  • learners and staff staying home if they are sick;
  • contact tracing for all visitors on site;
  • safe hygiene requirements (such as use of hand sanitizer/tissues and no availability of communal drinking fountains).

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

Due to the recommendations from the Ministry of Health and Education around avoiding large gatherings we have also had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel Swimming Sports planned for Wednesday 17 February. We look forward to Athletic Sports on Friday 12 March.

Some students may feel anxious, angry, or frustrated about the move back to Alert Level 2 and I urge them to seek support from their teachers, form teacher or year level dean. Our counsellor, Mr Mark Rolls, is also available for any student that feels they need additional support or guidance.

Ngā mihi nui

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas
Principal


COVID-19 update 14 February 2021

Update 1

Dear Whanau,

As you will be aware, due to community transmission, we have been advised we are back at COVID Alert Level 2 for the next three days minimum. However, children can continue to attend school for learning at Alert Level 2.

We would ask that you do the following to ensure we can continue to operate safely:

  • Your child must stay at home if they are feeling unwell;
  • Do not visit the school unless it is essential or if you do need to visit the school, you must scan or sign in through the Admin Office;
  • Notify absences (via the absence line on phone 8706143 or email) promptly if your child cannot attend due to COVID related concerns (or for usual absentee reasons).

School events, which involve large numbers gathering or the public, will be reviewed, as will sports and cultural activities, in line with the Government’s COVID Alert Level 2 rules for schools. We have already been notified the Weetbix TRY (which involved all of our Year 13s on Tuesday has been cancelled) We will send out a further update tomorrow, Monday 15 February.

Ngā manaakitanga, take care of yourself and your whanau.

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas
Principal



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