Covid-19 Updates from the Principal

24 March at 12:58

Kia ora koutou,

How are you all doing today? I hope you are well and that you are able to enjoy the day in some way.

 

We are a hive of activity here at school as we finalise the learning over the coming days and weeks.

Staff will be in touch regarding either hard copies of the information or digital access to home learning.

If your teacher has contacted you about picking up work from school please adhere to the times they have said.

 

Just a reminder that from Thursday, the school playground equipment is not to be played on.

Please ensure you are following the expectations of the nationwide lockdown.

 

I want to wish you all well and will be in touch with more information as it comes to hand.

Nga mihi,

Rob Wemyss

23 March at 14:47

 

I am sure you are now aware that our Prime Minister has raised the Covid-19 alert level to 3. This will be raised in 48 hours to level 4. This has implications for us all.
Our school will be closed on Tuesday 24 March to all but essential workers' children. "Essential workers" will be listed at a later date. When I have a list of these workers, I would ask that you text me on 022 150 4830 to let me know you will be sending your child to school on Tuesday and/or Wednesday. 

After Wednesday 12 midnight, school will be completely closed. School may be closed for a period of time maybe as long as 4 weeks. Maybe longer!

As a school community we are really tight and I know that we will all work together as our Prime Minister has asked to do the right thing and self-isolate.
As I know we are, our children will be anxious about what is happening. I believe it is important that we shelter them from some of the statistics and 'news'. Having said that, it is also important to talk to our children and answer their questions where possible. Look after their mental and physical health and of course your own.

The staff will be putting packages of work together as soon as possible and pushing these out to you. I will let you know more as I am able.

These are extraordinary times. We as a community are extraordinary people. We can beat this!

Nga mihi

Rob Wemyss

 

 

 

23 March at 07.45

Welcome to week 8 on The Terrace everyone.

I just wanted to touch base and make sure that everyone was OK.

School is open as normal. However, can I ask please that if your child is feeling unwell, that they stay at home. There are lots of different bugs other than the obvious doing the rounds and I think trying to keep sickness out of school as much as possible will help kids go on as normal. If your child is to be away PLEASE tell us as soon as possible through:

· Text (027 516 3989)

School Stream

· Email (office@cliftontce.school.nz)

· Note

· Phone (5450532)

The staff and I are in the process of organising how things will operate should the school close. There will be a range of things that we will do to help your children continue their learning.

At school here, we are trying to keep things as normal as possible with classes continuing with our usual fun, procedures and practices.

For you, please follow what the government is telling us to do. Keep safe.

Kindest regards,

Rob.

21 March at 14:52

Kia ora koutou,

As I am sure you are all aware, the Covid-19 situation continues to change at an alarming rate. However, It has been made clear this afternoon from the Covid Alert Levels that it will be some time before we get to level 4. At level 4 educational facilities across the country will close.

This afternoon I have received emails from concerned parents and caregivers regarding attendance in the coming days and weeks. Clifton Terrace will remain open to students for as long as we are told to and we will continue to ensure that we are following recommendations for the safety of everyone. An area of struggle is social distancing. We would ask that you talk to your child about this concept. However, I do understand that getting children to do this will be difficult. We have taken steps to reduce any situation where large numbers are together but I'm sure you will understand that in a classroom situation, this is very difficult.

Last week we had quite a few children who were showing signs of illness. These are the normal coughs and colds that we would normally have at this time of year. If ill, I do ask that you keep children at home so these bugs can't spread.

If you are keeping your child at home you must let the school know through the normal means:

· Text (027 516 3989)

- School Stream

· Email (office@cliftontce.school.nz)

· Note

· Phone (5450532)

I am anticipating high absences in the coming days and weeks and letting us know that your child is safe is paramount.

I will keep you up to date as things change. Please be safe and remember to look after those around you.

Nga mihinui

Rob

 

19 March at 18:46

Kia ora koutou,

With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.
As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform me about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you

If there was a case confirmed by someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.

If our school does need to close temporarily, we have a plan in place to support student’s learning.

We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course, people are concerned about the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here.

Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practicing good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness.

We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community.

Ngā mihi

Rob Wemyss

 

18 March at 18:48

 

I have received this information from the Ministry of Education this afternoon:

Reminder – schools remain open

At this stage, we are not expecting widespread school closures. We are planning for temporary closures, like what is happening at Logan Park School but as the World Health Organisation has confirmed, the risk to children remains low and parents should continue to send their kids to schools and early learning centres.
Consequently, any decisions about school closures will be made on a case by case basis. In the meantime, unless students are unwell themselves, then parents should keep sending them to schools and early learning centres as these environments continue to be safe and the best place for them to continue their learning.


Talking to children and young people about COVID-19

Given the rise in the number of reported cases, there may be children or young people in your life who experience distress. As a trusted adult, you can help reassure and educate them about COVID-19 – it can be good to talk to them now, so they can understand the illness and be reassured.

Useful information can be found at:

https://education.govt.nz/school/health-safety-and-wellbeing/pastoral-care-and-wellbeing/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-coronavirus/

 

Keep safe everyone and exercise good hygiene.

Kindest regards,

Rob

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