Monday 15 February – Covid-19 Update

Following is the email sent out to all parent(s)/caregiver(s) today.  We will continue to post on our website and Facebook page any updates.

Kia ora koutou

As of 11:59pm last night we moved to alert Level 2 for our region.  This email details some of the key considerations for students, staff and visitors to the college over the next three days. It is essentially what was posted on Facebook last night.  From this point forward we encourage you to keep an eye on Facebook, emails and the school website for any further communication.  If you have already viewed the Facebook post then there’s no need to read further.

At alert Level 2, schools like workplaces, are not considered to be gatherings and so we are able to have all students and staff present during the day. This means students are able to safely be at school and full daily attendance is expected as usual, with the exception of any students considered a high-health risk.  If you have a young person in this situation, please consult a medical professional.  If guidance is to remain off-site at Level 2, please contact Craig Steed by phone (04 902 5170 x 0825) or email principal@pc.school.nz.  Learning plans will be established for individuals following these discussions. Additional gatherings on site are limited to 100. This has resulted in the postponement of today’s three cricket games. At this stage athletics will take place on Tuesday (weather permitting) but with no spectators, only officials. This may also affect the Year 9 Bar-B-Que on Thursday if Level 2 gets extended beyond Wednesday.

Anyone with COVID-19 like symptoms or who feels generally unwell must stay away from college. When well and at school, physical distancing measures must be maintained so students are outside each other’s breath zone and not making physical contact.  Good hygiene and cleaning practices must be followed such as frequent hand washing and drying, coughing and sneezing into elbows, keeping surfaces clean. Hand sanitiser will be available in classes and surfaces regularly sanitised. Students will be expected to bring their own device, fully charged. Long term loans will be available from the library but not period by period, or day by day issuing.

The weight’s room will be closed during lunchtimes over the next three days and systems evaluated in the event of a further extension of alert level. The canteen will operate but physical distancing is required and students will need to stand on marked lines. To avoid queues students can use the Kindo system to pre-order and pick up. Find our more here: https://paraparaumucollege.school.nz/canteen-new-online-payment-system/

Buses will operate normal routes. Snapper cards are preferred to cash on Metlink services. Masks are not required on Ministry school bus services (Pekapeka and Reikorangi). Details for requirements of Metlink services can be found on their website https://www.metlink.org.nz/news-and-updates/covid-19/

All visitors to the college are asked to come through into the main entrance of Te Manawa and sign in using the register or Duck-In code (this is for our site records), you also encouraged to sign in for contact tracing using the QR code. Please follow the marked pathways to reception and follow physical distancing. There are more details on our full pandemic plan available on our school website https://paraparaumucollege.school.nz/board-of-trustees/covid-19-health-and-safety-plan/

We have enjoyed welcoming students to college today, joining together as a caring community and continuing with quality teaching and learning at Alert Level 2.

Ngā mihi nui

Craig Steed