Karori Normal School



Message to Parents - Returning to Level 2 - 12th August 2020

 

The overriding principles for Alert Level 2 are:

  1.  to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place
  2.  to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person
  3.  to understand that Level 2 is not business as usual.

 

Contact tracing 

  • Contact tracing all adults on site is a priority. All Adults will be asked to line up outside the school prior to entering so we can record your name, and the room/s you have visited on site.  
  • Contact tracing will be between 8:30am and 9:15am and 2:45pm and 3:15pm. If you arrive outside of these times you will need to sign in at the office.  Contact tracing will begin this afternoon, Wednesday 12 August.
  • The purpose for entering the school is to take your child to the classroom door. Our preference is drop your child at the gate and at the end of day organise to meet your child outside the gate. 
  • You are unable to enter the classroom. There is no access to buildings, except the administration block. If you need to make contact with the classroom teacher please email them and they will respond as soon as they are able to.
  • Adults will need to enter through the Donald Street main entrance or the Donald Street Tui block gate.
  • We will be using pen and paper to record your details as you enter and exit the school grounds. This is a ministry requirement as we need to know where on site you have visited.  No apps currently have this function.  If you have any questions about this please contact Conrad.  It will speed up the process if you bring your own pen. 
  • Children can enter at any gate. Children - Do not need to line up for contact tracing if they are coming by themselves.
  • Any parent arriving at school during the day must enter at the school office entrance on Donald Street.
  • The 2 metre distance rule applies when you are waiting to enter the school and when you are on the school grounds.   



 

Kiss and Drop will continue and hand sanitizer will be used by all volunteers.

 

Before and After School Care  - Dynamic Being, SKids and SMASH will drop off and collect children in the usual places. 

 

Hygiene

  • Hand sanitizer is provided in all classrooms and entrances to buildings. If your child has allergies please provide a suitable amount of personal hand sanitizer for them - clearly labelled. 
  • Regular hand washing will be encouraged. 
  • During this time we will have less tolerance for colds and flu-like symptoms. If staff notice any signs of runny nose, coughing and sneezing, the school will notify you to come and collect your child. If you are aware your child may have hay fever or has been to the doctors recently and has been checked please email the classroom teacher. 
  • Throughout the school where possible, doors and gates will be wedged open to provide better access to buildings and classrooms. 
  • Drinking fountains will be turned off. All children must bring their own water bottle.

 

Absences

  • If your child is going to be absent please follow our usual process, contact absences@kns.school.nz or phone 04 4767209. If your preference is to keep your child at home at Level 2 please contact a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

 

Wellbeing 

  • People will react and respond to returning to level 2 in different ways and we need to be respectful and supportive of this.  There may be some staff and students who choose to wear face masks during level 2 and we will support these decisions.
  • There will be some anxious children, parents and staff as we all return to Level 2.   If you need any further support related to anxiety or the return to school please contact the Deputy Principals Andrea Peetz and James Appleton. 
  • Not all students will be anxious.  
  • As best you can, use your normal reassurances to make school safe and secure.
  • We will continue to have a focus on the wellbeing of all students and staff. Children will learn better and faster when they are happy, calm and feel safe in their environments. Please notify your classroom teacher if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.
  • We would appreciate you reading the KNS Visual story for Alert Level 2 with your child/children so they are prepared for what to expect at KNS during level 2. If you would like any further resources around supporting your child’s wellbeing please email Andrea Peetz apeetz@kns.school.nz or James Appleton jappleton@kns.school.nz

 

Minimising risk

  • If your child is sick please keep them at home.   If staff notice or observe a student appears unwell, for example, coughing, sneezing or a running nose, we will call you to collect your child.  We are required to be more vigilant at this time.
  • A strong focus on hygiene measures:  Children will be constantly reminded about the importance of good hygiene.  Regular hand washing and hand sanitizing will be a key measure in minimising risks.  Hand sanitizer will be in all classrooms and the entryways to all buildings.   Every classroom has access to soap and water nearby.
  • Children will wash or sanitize their hands before and after using equipment.  For example, sports equipment, LEGO, blocks, books, etc.
  • All classrooms will be cleaned by professional cleaners every evening.   Hard surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day.
  • Physical distancing where possible:   Children will be encouraged to keep their distance from others.  That is, not getting too close or touching other children.  We realise this will be difficult for some of our children, particularly the younger ones.  We will do our best to manage this.
  • We will continue with our staggered break times. This is to reduce the number of students in the playground at a time.  Students will continue to be supervised by duty teachers. 

 

Other information

  • The school hours remain the same 8:55 to 3pm 
  • No Children are to be dropped off before 8:30am during Level 2. 
  • To ease congestion at the beginning and the end of the day we would like to encourage our older children and those that normally walk to continue to do this.
  • Road patrol will continue until further notice.
  • School lunches will continue to be available to purchase.
  • Kiss and Drop will continue and hand sanitizer will be used by all volunteers.
  • Please respect this will be a busy time for the office. If you have an inquiry please email office@kns.school.nz and a staff member will contact you. The office staff will be focused on new enrolments and supporting teachers.


Parents are unable to come into the classroom.

We need to keep safe distances.

 

  • We can walk to school safely if our parents let us.
  • We will be with our usual teacher in our usual rooms 
  • We will be able to play on the playgrounds and the sandpit
  • We will be able to use all the sport equipment 
  • We will be able to work in different spaces
  • We will be able to have a variety of teachers help us learn.
  • We will be able to sit on the mat or the couch but we MUST keep apart so we don’t touch one another.
  • We will be able to see posters around the room and the school to remind us to use our good hygiene.
  • We will need to wash our hands before and after using equipment.



Wednesday 12th August.  We are to returning to Level 2


 

On Tuesday 11th August  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the Auckland region will return to Level 3 from Midday on Wednesday 12th August. 

Everyone else in New Zealand will return to Level 2 in response to COVID-19 from Midday on Wednesday 12th August.

 

Let’s be Well, Safe and Kind.

 




 

We all need to continue to keep ourselves safe by following good hygiene

  • There is hand sanitizer in our corridors and inside the main entrance to our buildings.
  • There is hand sanitizer in all classrooms.
  • There is hand sanitizer in all toilets.
  • There is soap and towels in all toilets.
  • We will need to keep apart from others if we are waiting.
  • All drinking fountains will be turned off. You will need to bring a drink bottle.
                   

 

 

 

Everyone has to follow the COVID -19 Rules 

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Don’t get too close to one another. 
  • Don’t breathe on others or touch others.
  • Wash your hands carefully and often.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Don’t share drink bottles or food.

 

Level 2 will be a little different at school but we have been at level 2 before and know what to do.

 

The main school office entrance can only be used by NEW people coming to our school.

Parents can enter at the Donald Street main gate or the Donald Street Tui gate.

 

                                                           

Our Parents will need to line up and keep 2 metres apart and give contact information before going onto the grounds.

Parents are unable to come into the classroom.

We need to keep safe distances.

 

  • We can walk to school safely if our parents let us.
  • We will be with our usual teacher in our usual rooms 
  • We will be able to play on the playgrounds and the sandpit
  • We will be able to use all the sport equipment 
  • We will be able to work in different spaces
  • We will be able to have a variety of teachers help us learn.
  • We will be able to sit on the mat or the couch but we MUST keep apart so we don’t touch one another.
  • We will be able to see posters around the room and the school to remind us to use our good hygiene.
  • We will need to wash our hands before and after using equipment.

 

 

We will focus on our well-being and make sure our school is a safe and happy place to be.

 

 

 

To keep us all safe we ALL need to take responsibility to help ourselves and to help others.

 

  • Be Kind to others and Be Safe and Be Well

 

  • Good Hygiene and hand washing will be very important every day.

 

  • Keeping apart from others and not close enough to feel breathe or clothes.

 

  • We can ask if we are not sure or if we are a little worried.

 

  • We will all do different things to help us stay well.