COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2 GUIDELINES

We would like to thank parents/caregivers and whanau for supporting us throughout the COVID-19 lockdown and with our Alert Level 2 processes now we are back at school.

We will keep these processes in place until we receive information that we can change.

COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2 GUIDELINES 

Below are key points for everyone to remember about Alert Level 2.

  • All children are expected to attend school unless they are unwell. Sick children must stay home.
  • Everyone coming on site must check in via the COVID Tracer App.
  • All children are to come in through the front gate in the morning. All other gates will be locked during the day. 
  • Parents/whanau are welcome on site, but we ask that you do not enter the classrooms or corridors outside the classrooms.
  • At the end of the day, we will have three pick-up points to avoid congestion and to help us manage distancing at school. Pick up for family groupings - the oldest child is to collect siblings and then go to the youngest child’s collection point or meet parents outside the youngest sibling’s classroom.

Pick up points are as follows.

  • Main School Gate – Rooms 8, 9, 10 & 11
  • Montgomery Street school gate – Rooms 12, 13 & 15
  • Hall Entrance Gate – Rooms 23, 4 & 5 

ALL OTHER GATES AROUND SCHOOL WILL BE LOCKED AT ALL TIMES. 

  • Classrooms – will be set up to provide physical distancing and classrooms will be ventilated as much as possible.
  • Free School Lunches – These will continue at Alert Level 2.
  • Breakfast Club this will not happen under Alert Level 2. We will have staff who will provide breakfast for children who require this in the mornings.
  • Drinking fountains – These will remain closed while we are in Alert Level 2. Children are to bring named water bottles to school.
  • 50-cent Stalls – no 50 cent stalls under Alert Level 2.
  • No school assemblies or whole school gatherings at this point. Syndicate assemblies/hui/singing can take place outside or in well ventilated areas only. 
  • School Trips – we will make decisions about school trips and events based on gathering rules and the location of the trips. Any event or activity that brings people together, including parents, whanau and other students will need to follow the rules for gatherings, 100 people (outside) and 50 people (inside) are unlikely to be held during Alert Level 2.
  • NO toys – to be brought to school. Children can bring their bikes and scooters to school.
  • KCC Before and After School Carethis will be operating again under Alert Level 2 conditions beginning this Thursday.
  • 2PM Club - this will be operating again under Alert Level 2 conditions beginning this Friday.
  • THERE IS TO BE NO SHARING OF FOOD OR DRINKS AT SCHOOL

Covid-19 Update - 6 September 2021

Kia ora koutou

Preparing for Delta Level 2

It was fantastic to learn that we will be moving back into Delta Level 2 as of midnight tomorrow, Tuesday 7 September, and that school will open again for all children this Thursday.

Later today I will receive details from the Ministry of Education about how schools will be expected to operate under Delta Level 2, and I will share this with you all tomorrow after our staff has had an opportunity to discuss this.

With school opening on Thursday, we will have some time between now and then to prepare the school for the return of the children.

We will work to ensure we have all processes in place to implement the Delta Level 2 requirements, as well as discussing how we can best support the children on their return. We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday.

The children attending Bubble School will continue to do so tomorrow.

I will send out another letter tomorrow afternoon outlining the Delta Level 2 requirements for schools.

In the meantime, I hope everyone has a good evening.

Ngā mihi nui

Dave Lamont
Principal
Koraunui School

A downloadable copy of this letter is available here

COVID-19 Update Tuesday 31 August 21

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Planning and Organization for Alert Level 3 – Bubble School 

It was pleasing to see that we will be moving back to Alert Level 3 at midnight tonight (Tuesday 31st August).  For the majority of our students this means that they will continue to work from home and teachers will continue to support them with this through distance learning.

As of this Thursday, Bubble School will begin on site for those students whose parents have contacted us about this. We have now set our staffing and are in the process of cleaning and setting up the office space and learning space for Bubble School.

For all children who continue to learn at home, Koraunui School will remain closed.  Only identified staff and students attending Bubble School will be allowed to access the school grounds during Alert Level 3. 

Key information about Alert Level 3 – Bubble School.

  1. We have set the staffing levels for Bubble School based on the number of students we have enrolled for this. We will review this should we need to after the announcement by the government on Monday 6 September.  We will not be adding any more children to the existing classroom bubble before this time.
  2. We will continue to provide online learning (and where required hard material packs) for all students. Further details will come out from the Ministry of Education on Monday so we will send an update regarding Level 3 arrangements late on Monday or on Tuesday.
  3. Tomorrow (Wednesday 1st September) the spaces bring used will be cleaned and prepared for Alert Level 3 Bubble School.
  4. Bubble School will begin on Thursday 2nd September for students whose parents have contacted us about this by the deadline provided.

Communication We encourage you to remain in contact with your child’s/children’s classroom teacher in whatever way works best for you if you have any questions about their learning.  All other communication can come to the office.

We will continue to communicate using phone, email, Facebook and any other means the teachers have set up with you.  It is important that we keep in communication throughout the day.  

Please let us know if you require any extra support or food.  There are many organisations who are prepared to help, and we may be able to help with this. Most of all please look after yourself and your whanau until everything settles down again and we can return to a more normal life. 

Ngā mihi nui

Dave Lamont

Principal

Koraunui School

A downloadable version of this letter is available here

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Saturday 28 August 21

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Planning and Organization for Alert Level 3 – Bubble School

As you will be aware New Zealand will remain at COVID Alert Level 4 until midnight on Tuesday 31st August when all areas south of Auckland drop to COVID Alert Level 3. 

The Alert Level 3 guidance is that students should continue to work from home. Schools will open only for those students whose parents or caregivers need to work away from home and are unable to arrange alternative care for their children.  Schools should continue to provide distance learning options for all students. 

This means that Koraunui School will remain closed for face-to-face learning but will be open for families who have no alternative childcare arrangements for their children while they work away from home. We will provide supervision for these students while they complete online learning and work from their hard material packs under Level 3 restrictions. 

Key information about Alert Level 3 – Bubble School.

Our plan is to: 

  • Find out how many students are likely to come to Bubble School for supervision under COVID Level 3. 

Please click the link below and complete form by 2pm Monday 30th August ONLY if you are planning on sending your child/children to school during Alert Level 3
https://forms.office.com/r/2HCKcBQXRd.
We require numbers by this date and time to set staffing levels for Bubble School.

 

  • Use Wednesday 1st September to clean and prepare part of the school for staff and students working in small bubbles under COVID Level 3 restrictions

     

  • Open Bubble School on Thursday 2nd September for students who need supervision.

     

  • Continue to provide online learning (and where required hard material packs) for all students. Further details will come out from the Ministry of Education on Monday so we will send an update regarding Level 3 arrangements late on Monday or on Tuesday.

Please let us know if you require any extra support or food.  There are many organisations who are prepared to help, and we may be able to help with this. Most of all please look after yourself and your whanau until everything settles down again and we can return to a more normal life.

 

Ngā mihi nui

Dave Lamont

Principal

Koraunui School

A downloadable copy of this letter is available here

Parent Update 27 August 2021

Morena koutou

I'm sure we are all looking forward to the announcement about Alert levels at 3pm today.  Fingers crossed for some positive news for us all. 

Should we move to Alert level 3, I will receive some information from the Ministry of Education about what this will look like for us reopening the school.  There has been an indication that there may be some differences to last time due to the Delta variant this time around.  I will put out some information about this once I know what the guidelines are.

I have attached 2 documents relating to supports available, one was shared with us by Taita College and one is a COVID release.

If you require support please have a look at the documents and contact one of the agencies available.  If you need some help with this please contact me or your child's teacher and we will do what we can to help.


Stay dry and well
nga mihi


Dave Lamont

Principal

Koraunui School

 

Kia ora koutou

Planning and Organization for Alert Level 4

We are now 5 days into our lockdown and are hoping that there are no more cases identified in the Wellington region so we can get back to a normal routine in our lives. Thank you to everyone who has provided the information requested last week to assist us with putting together Learning at Home packs for tamariki.

Hard Material Packs
  • We had planned to be at school over this weekend preparing hard material packs to be delivered to houses for the start of school week on Monday. Unfortunately, we have not been able to do this, as for health and safety reasons we have not been able to go onto the grounds at Koraunui School. We hope to be able to go on site from tomorrow.

Hard materials will be delivered to households as soon as they have been assembled.

Devices

  • Over the weekend devices have been being prepared so they are ready to be delivered to those who require these to access online Learning at Home activities and to connect with teachers and classmates. Due to the large number of devices requested we will only be able to provide one device per household. We ask that parents timetable the use of these devices if they have more than one child who requires this during the day.
  • Please have your router number and wifi password ready to make connecting a device easier if you are borrowing a school device. These are on the back of your router.
  • Delivery of resources and devices has to be non-contact. We will leave paper resources in letter boxes. For devices we will call to make someone is home before leaving a device.
Online Learning
  • On-line learning websites are listed on our school website under the Learning @ Home button on the home page. These can be accessed here. https://koraunui.school.nz/learning-at-home-and-school/. There is a wide range of activities available here for your children to access. Please monitor your children while they are on devices.
  • Parents have been emailed usernames and passwords for their children to access StudyLadder, Microsoft Teams and student emails. If you haven’t received this email please contact your child’s teacher.
Teachers
  • Teachers will be in contact with parents and students about how they will work with their class during Alert Level 4. It is important to remember that this will not be like a normal class. Teachers will only be available for identified times each day. They will let you know when this will be and in what form. This will vary from class to class. Please be mindful that most of our teachers have their own families at home and they will need to be with them during the day too. 
  • Please let us know if you require any extra support or food. There are many organisations who are prepared to help and we may be able to help with this.
  • Most of all please look after yourself and your whanau. We have been in this situation before and know it will come to an end, but we need to do all we can to stay safe and well until everything settles down again and we can return to a more normal life.

Ngā mihi nui
Dave Lamont Principal Koraunui School

A downloadable copy of this letter is available here

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Friday 20 Aug 21

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Planning and Organization for Alert Level 4

As you will all be aware, the Government announced that all of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 4 until midnight Tuesday at this stage.

With this information we will be working over the weekend to put together hard material pack and organize devices for those who have indicated they require one. We aim to have this all delivered by Sunday afternoon. Please have your wifi password ready to make connecting a device easier if you are borrowing a school device.

Delivery of resources and devices has to be non-contact. We will leave paper resources in letter boxes. For devices we will call to make someone is home before leaving a device.

Key information about Learning from Home at Alert Level 4.
  • Your own well-being and that of your family is the most important thing. If schoolwork is causing stress, please take a break and do something that will make you happy.
  • Talk with your children about how they want to work. Do not try and structure their day like a school day, instead maybe 30 minutes work, 30 minutes R & R. This could be negotiated between you and your child/children and may vary between children and households.
  • The hard materials provided are aimed at a level where the children should be able to work on this independently. They may enjoy working alongside you and sharing what they are doing with you though.
  • On-line learning websites are listed on our school website under the Learning @ Home button on the home page. These can be accessed here. https://koraunui.school.nz/learning-at-home-and-school/. There is a wide range of activities available here for your children to access. Please monitor your children while they are on devices.
  • Parents have been emailed usernames and passwords for their children to access StudyLadder, Microsoft Teams and student emails. If you haven’t received this email please contact your child’s teacher.
  • Remember that learning can take on many different forms as it did last year during lockdown. There are many things you can do around your home with your children where they will learn new skills. Use this time to explore ways to learn around your house.
  • Teachers will be in contact with parents and students about how they will work with their class during Alert Level 4. It is important to remember that this will not be like a normal class. Teachers will only be available for identified times each day. They will let you know when this will be and in what form. This will vary from class to class. Please be mindful that most of our teachers have their own families at home and they will need to be with them during the day too.
  • Please let us know if you require any extra support or food. There are many organisations who are prepared to help and we may be able to help with this.
  • Most of all please look after yourself and your whanau. We have been in this situation before and know it will come to an end, but we need to do all we can to stay safe and well until everything settles down again and we can return to a more normal life.

Ngā mihi nui
Dave Lamont
Principal
Koraunui School.

 

A downloadable copy of this notice is available here

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Alert Level 4 Update Wednesday 18 August 21

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We are now all in Alert Level 4 which means that our Kura will not be open from today, for anyone. This follows someone being identified with COVID-19 and who has been in the Auckland and Coromandel communities while believed to be infectious.

It is important we do everything we can to keep ourselves and those around us safe. Alert Level 4 means we need to stay home in our bubbles and avoid any travelling as much as possible. Supermarkets, pharmacies, food banks and other essential services will be open – but remember to wear a face covering if you are out and about (even a scarf wrapped around your mouth and nose will help).

Check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go, keep a distance from people you don’t know and wash your hands well and often. You can download the NZ COVID Tracer App at the App Store for apple devices and Google Play for Android devices.


Government Advice and Information
Please go to the Ministry of Health https://www.health.govt.nz/ website if you recently visited the Auckland or the Coromandel region. There is a list of locations the confirmed case has visited while they were considered to be infectious. If you were at one of those locations and at the same time as specified on the website, then please follow the relevant instructions to isolate and potentially get tested. Please keep checking that webpage as new locations may be identified over time.

Further information about Alert Level 4 can be found on the https://covid19.govt.nz/ website Over the next 3 days we will watch to see what happens as COVID-19 test results come back from around the country and we will follow the advice and guidance of the Ministry of Education about what this means for our Kura and learning.

As a staff we are taking the next day or so to organize ourselves and our whanau. Should Alert Level 4 be extended beyond this week we will then move to a distance learning approach.


School Contact
If you have any general inquiries, urgent questions or concerns, or need any assistance during the time the school is closed please email: office@koraunui.school.nz this email address will be checked by me, Gillian McPeake and the office staff regularly during this time. We will do all we can to provide support and advice during this time.

We will be putting out regular updates about our school and plans while the school is closed. This information will be on our Facebook page, emails and school website https://koraunui.school.nz/, please check these regularly for communication from the school. A key message time would be around 3pm each day.

As the week progresses teachers will be in contact with their classes to check in and see how everyone is going. If you or your child need to contact your teacher, you can do this via email. Teachers email addresses are; 

Email  
Room 23 ... Maria Joe  
Room 4   Dale Ritossa  
Room 5   Tim Rhoades  
Room 8   Sharron Handscomb  
Room 9   Reremoana Taylor  
Room 10   Ana Kawenga  
Room 11   Harata Biddle  
Room 12   Office  
Room 13   Office  
Room 15   Liz Knowles  

 

KCC
KCC is closed until we receive instructions that we can safely provide these services again. This is likely to be at Alert Level 2 as in the past.

Looking yourself and after each other:

Kindness is an incredibly powerful way to show you are united against COVID-19.
You can make a huge difference by following all advice given by the Government and Ministry of Health to minimise the impact of COVID-19.

  • We need to look after the elderly and those who are unwell and ensure that those who have high health risks are safeguarded as much as possible.
  • Take care of each other, make sensible decisions, keep to routines at home, shop sensibly, and stay connected, in person and online to friends and family.
  • We will get through this again, but the more we can do to stay safe and isolated, the more we will be able to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on us all.

Remember to keep washing those hands and keep up social distance as much as possible.
Ngā mihi nui
Dave Lamont
Principal
Koraunui School

a downloadable copy of the letter to parents is available 

COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 1 INFORMATION

It was good to move quickly back to Alert Level 1 and that life is back to “normal” again for us all. We will work to maintain good hygiene practices around the school, especially as we head into the depths of winter. We ask that everyone coming on the school .grounds continues to use the COVID Tracer app to sign in

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Saturday 27.02.21

 

 

 

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Planning and Organization for Alert Level 2

As you will all be aware, the Government announced that all of New Zealand outside of Auckland will move back into Alert Level 2 for the next 7 days.  For us this means we will be reintroducing the Alert Level 2 processes around the school during this time, or until we are advised these are no longer required.

All children are expected to attend school unless they are unwell.

Please read the processes below carefully so you are aware of how we will be operating during Alert Level 2.

We thank you again for your support with helping keep our school a safe place for all who enter it. 

Start of Day Drop off
  • All children are to come in through the front gate in the morning. All other gates will be locked during the day.
  • Any adult, family member or visitor who comes on site must register using either the NZ COVID Tracer QR code provided or on the paper register. The NZ COVID Tracer app can be downloaded at from the App Store and Google Play.  This is for contact tracing purposes. 
  • Any children arriving at school between 8.30-9.00am will need to go straight to their classroom. Any children arriving after 9.00am will need to check in at the office.
End of Day Pick-up
  • At the end of the day we will have three pick-up points to help manage congestion and to help us manage distancing at school. These are the same points that we were using last year.

Pick up for family groupings - the oldest child to collect siblings and then go to the youngest child’s collection point.

  • Main School Gate: Kowhai Block – Rooms 8, 9, 10 & 11
  • Montgomery Street school gate – Rooms 12, 13 & 15
  • Hall Entrance Gate – Rooms 23, 4 & 5

A teacher will be on the gate – 10 minutes before school finishes to help manage children leaving the school grounds.

 

ALL OTHER GATES AROUND SCHOOL WILL BE LOCKED AT ALL TIMES.

 

Sick children are to stay at home – if they have a sniffle, headache, cough or feeling slightly unwell children need to remain at home. 

If children display any signs of illness at school, we will put a face mask on them, put them in the medical room and contact parents/caregivers to come and pick them up.

A list of symptoms can be accessed at https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/about-covid-19

Classroom Hygiene

  • classrooms will be arranged to cater for Moist Breath Zone distancing. We will do all we can to provide spaces and environments where children have appropriate space in classrooms and in the school grounds.
  • all classrooms will be supplied with disinfectant, bars of soap, liquid soap, hand sanitizer and towels.
  • we will follow the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health guidelines around distancing, using the “Moist Breath Zone” rule for distancing. A video has been produced for children coming back to school.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZvtoVrykb8&feature=youtu.be Please show this to your children and talk with them about keeping distance to help everyone stay well.

Morning Tea & Lunch breaks – Children will eat at their desks/tables inside their classrooms – 10 minutes morning tea, 15 minutes at lunch time.

Free School Lunches – At this stage these will continue at Alert level 2.

Drinking fountains – These will remain closed while we are in Alert Level 2.  Children are to bring named water bottles to school.

Road Patrols – Year 6 children will not be on afterschool road patrols during Alert Level 2.  Teachers will be on road patrol during this time.

Swimming – Swimming lessons at Stokes Valley pool will continue as planned until we receive information informing us otherwise.  The school pool will be closed under Alert Level 2. 

Meet the Teacher/Sausage Sizzle – this will be postponed until further notice.

 

THERE IS TO BE NO SHARING OF FOOD OR DRINKS AT SCHOOL.

 

Ngā mihi nui

 

Dave Lamont

Principal

Koraunui School

koraunui logo full with padding

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Monday 15.02.21

 

 

 

Kia ora koutou

Planning and Organization for Alert Level 2

As you will all be aware, the Government announced that all of New Zealand outside of Auckland will move back into Alert Level 2 for the next 3 days.  For us this means we will be reintroducing the Alert Level 2 processes around the school during this time, or until we are advised these are no longer required.

All children are expected to attend school unless they are unwell.

Please read the processes below carefully so you are aware of how we will be operating during Alert Level 2.

We thank you again for your support with helping keep our school a safe place for all who enter it. 

Start of Day Drop off
  • All children are to come in through the front gate in the morning. All other gates will be locked during the day.
  • Any adult, family member or visitor who comes on site must register using either the NZ COVID Tracer QR code provided or on the paper register. The NZ COVID Tracer app can be downloaded at from the App Store and Google Play.  This is for contact tracing purposes. 
  • Any children arriving at school between 8.30-9.00am will need to go straight to their classroom. Any children arriving after 9.00am will need to check in at the office.
End of Day Pick-up
  • At the end of the day we will have three pick-up points to help manage congestion and to help us manage distancing at school. These are the same points that we were using last year.

Pick up for family groupings - the oldest child to collect siblings and then go to the youngest child’s collection point.

  • Main School Gate: Kowhai Block – Rooms 8, 9, 10 & 11
  • Montgomery Street school gate – Rooms 12, 13 & 15
  • Hall Entrance Gate – Rooms 23, 4 & 5

A teacher will be on the gate – 10 minutes before school finishes to help manage children leaving the school grounds.

 

ALL OTHER GATES AROUND SCHOOL WILL BE LOCKED AT ALL TIMES.

 

Sick children are to stay at home – if they have a sniffle, headache, cough or feeling slightly unwell children need to remain at home. 

If children display any signs of illness at school, we will put a face mask on them, put them in the medical room and contact parents/caregivers to come and pick them up.

A list of symptoms can be accessed at https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/about-covid-19

Classroom Hygiene

  • classrooms will be arranged to cater for Moist Breath Zone distancing. We will do all we can to provide spaces and environments where children have appropriate space in classrooms and in the school grounds.
  • all classrooms will be supplied with disinfectant, bars of soap, liquid soap, hand sanitizer and towels.
  • we will follow the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health guidelines around distancing, using the “Moist Breath Zone” rule for distancing. A video has been produced for children coming back to school.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZvtoVrykb8&feature=youtu.be Please show this to your children and talk with them about keeping distance to help everyone stay well.

Morning Tea & Lunch breaks – Children will eat at their desks/tables inside their classrooms – 10 minutes morning tea, 15 minutes at lunch time.

Free School Lunches – At this stage these will continue at Alert level 2.

Drinking fountains – These will remain closed while we are in Alert Level 2.  Children are to bring named water bottles to school.

Road Patrols – Year 6 children will not be on afterschool road patrols during Alert Level 2.  Teachers will be on road patrol during this time.

Swimming – Swimming lessons at Stokes Valley pool will continue as planned until we receive information informing us otherwise.  The school pool will be closed under Alert Level 2. 

Meet the Teacher/Sausage Sizzle – this will be postponed until further notice.

 

THERE IS TO BE NO SHARING OF FOOD OR DRINKS AT SCHOOL.

 

Ngā mihi nui

 

Dave Lamont

Principal

Koraunui School