Kia ora koutou
We have had a great first week back at L2! The students and staff have been in good spirits and we have seen grateful students happily settle into learning routines. We will continue with separate breaks and assemblies in the meantime; and follow the same hygiene practices as outlined to you in the previous newsletter. We have had a 94% attendance rate, which shows the faith and confidence you have shown in the school caring for your children (this compares with a National rate of around 80% attendance for the first week).
For those with valid reason to yet return, we will continue to support home learning in the interim. There may be a further loosening of L2 conditions announced on Monday, or even a move to L1. We can only anticipate things will get better as COVID 19 is eliminated from our communities with no further cases.
Early this week I was alerted to social media content that is wrong and may be unnecessarily upsetting parents and whānau. The gist of the misinformation is that the law passed on 13 May gives powers to Police and others to uplift children from school if they appear unwell and forcibly test for COVID-19, and administer medication including flu vaccinations.
Let me assure you, neither Police, Oranga Tamariki nor anyone else have been given any such powers. If a child is unwell at our school, we will contact their parents or caregivers in the usual way to collect them. I want to reassure you that there is no change to school practice- please do not send your child to school if they are unwell, as we will only be isolating them and calling you to come and pick them up again.
School Donations Scheme
We opted into the school donations scheme for this year and it is proving to be a good choice- it reduces payments parents have to make for curriculum related activities. We need to opt in annually and the time is approaching when we must consult before we can do so again. If you have any concerns about us opting into this for another year, please let me know before the end of this month with reasons why you think so.
Scheduled Y7/8 vaccinations are coming up on Friday June 5. Parents can opt in by filling in the forms which we will make available when we have some from the public health nurse
Whilst we appreciate fine weather because it makes school programs and break times easier, it is good to see some rain and we are well aware that we need to conserve water with the supply so low for this time of year and restrictions in place. The Whau valley dam is only at 40% capacity and would usually be around 60% or more at this time of year. We are doing our best at school to conserve water.
Enjoy an almost normal weekend with your children and we hope to see their smiling faces back here on Monday!
Blessings Rodney Lloyd (Principal)