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Moving to Alert Level 1

It was great news to hear we are moving to Alert Level 1 so quickly. 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 we are all grateful for the efforts of our health workers, scientists and technicians in this regard, and the thousands of people who have been tested.

As a community we need to avoid the complacency which New Zealanders tend to quickly move into when we are at lower alert levels. Please do continue to scan QR codes and monitor closely for illness within your whānau.

Our focus as always will be to support the learning, safety and wellbeing of our students and we continue to be here to support you too.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us, if there is something you need assistance with.

Staying in Touch During a Lockdown

Last time we experienced Alert Level 3 in Hawke's Bay, we found it very useful to use Seesaw as a way of staying in touch with our students. 

We will be going to this platform again should the need arise. Therefore it is important that all new students to HGHS know how to use this app. Over the next few days Ākina coaches will be making sure that this happens.

Preparing for Distance Learning

Monday 15 February 2021

In light of Alert Level 2 teaching staff will ensure that all students know how to access online learning, Education Perfect and use Zoom or Google Meet.

Students will also be given hard copy materials if they do not have a device.

School Devices

Monday 15 February 2021

If you require the use of a school device, and you haven't already done so, please fill in this survey.  Students can then go to the school library to receive a letter, which needs to be signed by their caregiver.  As of Tuesday 16 February, students are to go to the school library at lunch time to be issued a device.  Priority will be given to the Senior Students, however, we are hoping to have enough laptops for everyone.

If you are able to, please consider purchasing a Chromebook or laptop.

COVID-19 Level 2 Safety Management Plan

Monday 15 February 2021

Please find attached for your information, our Level 2 Safety Management Plan. Please note that in addition to the daily cleaning schedule, extra cleaning routines have been added to our classroom environments.

Helpful link for whānau and stakeholders:

School Lunches

Monday 15 February 2021

We will continue to serve lunches at Alert Level 2 with the following additional safety measures in place:

  • Lunch will be served in houses from four separate distribution points around the school to reduce queuing;
  • Kitchen staff will wear face coverings when preparing and distributing food;
  • Ākonga are encouraged to wear face coverings when collecting their food, but it is not compulsory at this stage;
  • Ākonga and staff must use the hand sanitizer provided before collecting their food;
  • Ākonga may eat anywhere on the school grounds (outdoors) on good weather days and anywhere other than the hall on wet weather days, spacing themselves as far from other groups as possible.

A message from the Ministry of Education

Monday 15 February 2021

Alert Level 2 - All of New Zealand excluding Auckland region

  1. Schools are open to everyone, and all children must attend. At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained but there is still risk of community transmission. It is safe for children and staff to attend school.
  2. Learning will be onsite with distance learning offered in some circumstances.  Distance learning should be provided for those required to self-isolate, those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result, or those choosing to remain at home because they are vulnerable to illness.
  3. Schools are not classified as gatherings and a range of events and activities can go ahead.  For most day to day activities at schools, the rules for gatherings do not apply. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there to receive, provide, or support education services.  However as soon as your event or activity brings people onsite who are not there for education purposes, including students, parents and caregivers, then the rules for gatherings do apply. This would include performances such as school plays, cultural events and sporting activities.
  4. Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school.  Your Director of Education will work closely with you and health authorities should this occur. Please contact your Ministry regional office if you hear of a confirmed case in your school community but haven’t been advised about it by health officials.
  5. Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport.  This includes charter buses hired by the school to transport students and staff. Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering in any setting should be supported to do so. 
  6. Sick people must stay at home. They should seek medical advice if they have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If that person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate.
  7. You must have a contact tracing system in place. This includes displaying QR code posters at your entrances, your timetable, attendance register and visitor register. 
  8. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level: 
    1. Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)
    2. Hand hygiene 
    3. Cough and sneeze etiquette 
    4. Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.

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