Karori Normal School

COVID-19 Key Information for KNS Families 

MOE Coronavirus Information

KNS Newsletter - Friday 27 March 2020 

Kia Ora Koutou


Just a quick end of Term 1 newsletter.


The school holidays start tomorrow.  The first two days of home learning appear to have gone smoothly, thank you for the positive messages to our teachers.  This is ‘new territory’ for our staff as well and there will no doubt be some lessons we have learnt, which will be applied when the home learning restarts on Wednesday 15 April. 


A reminder that from our perspective, the most important thing is that your children feel safe and connected to those they love.


If you need any support please contact one of the SLT.


·        Conrad Kelly                      ckelly@kns.school.nz

·        Andrea Peetz                   apeetz@kns.school.nz

·        James Appleton                jappleton@kns.school.nz


Stay calm, be safe, looking forward to catching up with you all when this is over.


Ngā Mihi



KNS COVID-19 Update Tuesday 24 March

Kia Ora Koutou


Thank you for the calm and measured way that you have responded to the Prime Minister’s message regarding school closures, because of COVID-19.  Please find below some key information regarding our processes during the time of the closure.


School Holidays


  • The school holidays have been moved.  The holidays now commence on Monday 30 March and go through until Tuesday 14 April, inclusive.


Home Learning


  • We will provide home learning for your children from Wednesday 25 March to Friday 27 March and again from Wednesday 15 April until Friday 24 April.  We will extend this period past 24/04/2020, if required.
  • You will receive home learning from your child’s teacher on Wednesday 25 March, Wednesday 15 April and Monday 20 April.  In addition teachers will be in contact every school day, but not in the school holidays.  
  • Home learning will also be accessible on the school website.
  • The home learning will be optional, manageable and activities that we feel children can carry out with minimal parental input.  We are aware that parents are not teachers and we are not expecting you to be.  We are also conscious that this is a difficult time and many of you will be working from home.  We do not wish to add to family anxiety.
  • This is a new way of operating for us and we will not get things 100% right, please be accepting of this.


Learning Resources


  • You will receive an email from your child’s team leader today regarding the collection of learning resources tomorrow, if required.
  • Resource collection will take place from 9.00am to 10.30am tomorrow, Wednesday 25 March. 
  • If you are coming to collect resources please line up outside the classroom 2 metres apart and teachers will invite you into the room.


KNS Library


  • A number of you borrowed additional books from our library yesterday afternoon.
  • The library will be open from 1.30pm to 3.00pm today and again from 9.00am to 11.00am tomorrow, Wednesday 25 March.  
  • Children may come to the library when accompanied by an adult.
  • Please be aware of appropriate physical distancing in the library and ensure that book choices are made quickly.  
  • Please line up 2 metres apart, outside the building and a staff member will invite you into the library
  • This will not be a time to sit and read with your child.



  • If we have medication at school that your child requires. 
  • Please collect this from the school office from 9.00am to 10.30am tomorrow, Wednesday 25 March.
  • Please email Nicky Giles, ngiles@kns.school.nz if you are intending to collect medication.
  • Please be aware of appropriate physical distancing when entering the school.


The school will be in lockdown from Thursday 26 March until at least Monday 27 April.  We will continue to update you as the situation evolves. 


If you are aware of any families in our school community that would appreciate additional care please contact one of us.



Ngā Mihi


Conrad, Andrea and James 

Monday 23 March

KNS COVID-19 Update 

Kia Ora Koutou


In line with the Government's announcement today, Monday 23rd March, Karori Normal School will be closed from Tuesday 24th March until further notice.  The only exceptions to this are children of essential workers, as defined by the Prime Minister.  If you are an essential worker and your child/children will be attending KNS on Tuesday 24 March and/or Wednesday 25 March please email ckelly@kns.school.nz.


From midnight on the Wednesday 25th March the school will be closed for all children  until further notice.


Staff will be in school tomorrow preparing resources in preparation for home learning.  We will be in touch again tomorrow with further details of our home learning processes.


Take care


Ngā Mihi


Conrad Kelly, Andrea Peetz, James Appleton

Monday 23 March

Tena Koutou Katoa


In line with the Government's announcement on 23rd March Karori Normal school will be closed on Tuesday 24th March and Wednesday 25th March for all students except for students of essential workers as defined by the Prime Minister.


From Midnight on the 25th March the school will be closed until further notice. If you have any questions please email one of the Senior Leadership Team.


Conrad Kelly ckelly@kns.school.nz,

Andrea Peetz apeetz@kns.school.nz

James Appleton jappleton@kns.school.nz


The staff contact details can be found on our school website https://www.kns.school.nz/7/pages/11-our-teachers-staff


Take care 

Ngā Mihi

Conrad Kelly


Friday 20 March

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 (e.g. 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 of 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.


We know COVID-19 is raising anxiety levels and understand that people are concerned for the wellbeing of their 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



Wednesday 18 March


We will take our lead from the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ministry of Health (MoH) regarding any decisions related to school closure and/or the dissemination of information to the wider school community.

We will use email and the school website to share updates with the school community; this is to avoid any confusion that might arise.

It is important that parents/caregivers provide the school with up-to-date email addresses so that we can contact you.  If you are unsure whether or not we have your most recent email address please contact the school office, office@kns.school.nz.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence; please encourage your children to wash their hands regularly and to cover coughs and sneezes with a clean tissue or elbow and dispose of used tissues in the bin.  KNS staff will be reinforcing these messages as well.

It is very important that children who are unwell stay at home.