IMPORTANT Covid-19 Level 3

Kia ora koutou

As you will be aware, from Monday 27th April 2020 at 11.59pm the government will change the status of our Covid19 response to Alert Level 3.

On Monday 27th April 2020 the nation observes Anzac Day. As a result, there will be no remote learning for all students on Monday 27th April. Tuesday 28th April is a Teacher Only Day at the College, allowing staff involved in setting up for the return of any students to do so. Students will be expected to continue their remote learning on that day, as guided by their teachers.

On Wednesday 29th April 2020, the Ministry of Education has advised us that Year 9 and 10 students can come to college only if no one is available to care for them at home and they are not old enough to care for themselves (ie. under 14).

No Year 11, 12 or 13 students can be at College during Alert Level 3.

The Prime Minister has also stated that all students who are able to, should continue with remote learning in their bubble at home. The Secretary for Education’s key message is “If you can, you should keep your child at home”.

What will school look like?

The Ministry of Education has requested that we create a Level 3 ‘Attending School’ roll for Paraparaumu College, and only students named on this new temporary roll will be able to come onto College grounds for their learning.

* Students will be in allocated groups of 10 students (this is their bubble).
* Students will stay in the same room for most, if not all the day, with this group.  Students will be spaced within this bubble at appropriate distancing (1m inside, 2m outside) and will be expected to follow all appropriate hygiene protocols.
* The group/bubble must stay together at interval and lunchtime.
* All food and drink will need to be brought from home. The canteen will not be open.
* Lessons will be following the remote learning set by the student’s subject teachers, the majority of who will be continuing to work from home.  Supervision of the bubble will be of volunteer staff and will not be the student’s regular teachers.
* If you make the decision to send your child to school, the school’s expectation is that they attend all day, every day, unless you have arranged otherwise with us.
* If your child is unwell they should be kept at home and the school notified.
* If your circumstances change to allow the student to stay at home, please inform the school as soon as possible.
* Students are expected to bring their own learning device, and ideally headphones
* No balls can be brought to school to play with during breaks
* Start and finish times and break times may be staggered to avoid mixing between bubbles

The school blocks and office will be closed, to minimise movements and allow for contact tracing, there will be no access for parents around the College beyond dropping students off at the carpark and picking them up at the end of the day.

A contact register will be kept at school to monitor all people onsite on any one day, so no other students are allowed on the school grounds during Alert Level 3 unless they are registered for onsite learning.

To provide clarity for the College around the expected number of Year 9 and 10 students who need to attend onsite, we ask that any parents or caregivers of a Year 9 and 10 student needing supervision at school to complete the google form inserted below.


This is an urgent request as we begin to make preparations for operating under Alert Level 3 conditions. At this stage we anticipate the first day on site for Years 9 and 10 who need to be at College will be Wednesday 29th April 2020. Expected times are from 9 am – 3pm.

If we have no response from you we are presuming that your student is continuing their remote learning from home. They will not be put on the Level 3 Attending School roll.

Please complete the form above as soon as possible but no later than by 4pm Thursday 23rd April 2020.

We are following advice from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education to meet the requirements of Alert Level 3 and as you will be aware changes can be made at short notice. Please work with us as we chart a course through these challenging circumstances.

Here is a summary of the advice that we have received from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.

The two key public health principles that support Alert Level 3 are first to minimise the risk that someone gets infected, and second to limit the number of possible contacts people have if they do get infected to make it easier to rapidly stop further spread.

Here is the specific advice from the Ministry of Health which supports the key principles:

* It is recommended that students stay home and continue online learning if that is possible
* Physical distancing at school is 1 metre inside and 2 metres outside
* The biggest bubble that is recommended is 10 students. At school we need to ensure that these 10 students are within the same group each day with no mixing between groups
* Wash and dry your hands, cough into elbow, don’t touch your face
* Stay home if you’re sick, report flu-like symptoms
* Students must go straight to school from home in the morning and straight back home from school at the end of the school day.

We appreciate the efforts you are making to support the college particularly with regards to remote learning. This is a new and challenging environment for the students, parents and staff, and together we want to work with you to best support the ongoing learning for our students.

Ngā mihi nui

Craig Steed