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15 November 2021



Welcome Back


As you are aware all children will be returning to school on Thursday 09 September.  Thank you all for your support of our staff team over the past few weeks. We are looking forward to welcoming the children back at school and helping them settle back into routines as soon as possible. 

Welcome back to KNS - Welcome Back to KNS Video  

The focus for the first two days will be on the wellbeing of the KNS community. People will react and respond to returning to school and life at level 2 in different ways and we need to be respectful and supportive of this.  To help children with their return we have prepared a social story for you to share with your child if you wish, attached.  The social story will help children to understand what to expect when they return to school tomorrow.

 

Please find below our guidelines for the return to school, these are based on advice we have received from the Ministry of Education.  Please note the following points:

 

Drop off at the start of the day - Children should arrive at school after 8.30am and our strong preference is that parents/caregivers drop children at the school gates and do not enter the school grounds.  If you enter the school grounds please scan in using the QR Codes displayed at the school entrances.  Parents/Caregivers are not able to enter the classroom buildings, please do not be offended if you enter a teaching block and you are asked to leave.  Please don’t stay on the grounds, you are welcome to have conversations with other parents off site. 

Pick up at the end of the day - To ease congestion at the end of the day we would like to encourage our older children and those that normally walk to continue to do this.  Our strong preference is that you arrange to meet your child at one of the school gates.  If you enter the school grounds please scan in using the QR Codes displayed at the school entrances and remember not to enter the school buildings.

Resource returns - If you received school resources during the lockdown can you please return these to the back of the hall on Thursday or Friday morning between 8:30am and 9:30am.  Do not send resources back to classrooms.  Please wear a mask and follow the instructions of staff.  One person will be allowed to enter the hall at a time (one in one out).  Those waiting will need to be socially distanced (2m).  If you are returning a device, please make sure you have the charger.  Students with BYOD, Ministry of Education or SENCO allocated devices do not need to return their device to the hall.  These devices can be taken back to classrooms.

Access during the school day - Any parent/caregiver who needs to come to school during the day must enter at the school office entrance on Donald Street and sign in using the iPad at the school office. We request that you wear a mask in the school office area. 

Kiss and Drop - Kiss and Drop will continue and hand sanitizer and face masks will be used by volunteers.

Face Coverings - Face coverings are not required to be worn in school. The Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school – just as older children are required to wear face coverings in some other places.  The decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected.

If your child is sick please keep them at home -  If staff notice or observe that a child appears unwell, for example, coughing, sneezing or a runny nose, we will call you to collect your child.  We are required to be more vigilant at this time.

A strong focus on hygiene -  Children will be regularly 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 regularly during the day.

School Lunches - There will be no school lunches available to purchase until further notice.

Cleaning - All classrooms will be cleaned by professional cleaners every evening.   

Bikes and Scooters - The scooter and bike racks remain in the same place. Please remember to bring a bike lock to secure these. Children will need to wash their hands after they have locked their bike or scooter.

Before and After School Care  - At this stage, we have not heard from all after school providers.  However, when we moved to level 2 in the past they continued to operate with the same pick up and drop off services.  Please contact the providers to ensure these arrangements remain in place.

Absences If your child is going to be absent please follow our usual process, contact absences@kns.school.nz or phone 04 4767209

As always if you need any support or have any questions, please contact one of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT):

 

•              Conrad Kelly                           ckelly@kns.school.nz

•              James Appleton                     jappleton@kns.school.nz

•              Phil McIntosh                         pmcintosh@kns.school.nz      

 




KNS Update - Tuesday 07 September 2021


Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through the changes in alert levels.  We have only recently received Alert Level 2 guidance from the Ministry of Education and would like time to consider the implications of the advice for KNS.  The Senior Leadership Team and Team Leaders will be meeting at 9.30am tomorrow morning, to ensure that we send clear messaging to our school community about expectations when we return to school on Thursday.  We will send an overview of these expectations no later than midday tomorrow, Wednesday 07 September.


 In the interim please note the following points:

  • Your child’s teacher will be in touch with you if there is a change to the planned zoom schedule for the class. Whether tomorrow’s Zoom meeting goes ahead will depend on your child’s teacher’s availability, as he/she may be involved in setting up classrooms etc.
  • Face coverings are not required to be worn in school. The Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school – just as older children are required to wear face coverings in some other places.  The decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected.
  • The Staff only Day which was planned for Monday 13 September has been postponed.  The Staff only Day will now take place on Friday 29 October.

 

As always if you need any support or have any questions, please contact one of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT):

 

 

KNS Update - Monday 06 September 2021 

  • By now you will have heard that we are moving to Alert Level 2 on Tuesday 07 September at 11.59pm and that schools will open on Thursday 09 September.  We’re expecting an email from the MoE this evening with more detailed guidance about the expectations for schools at Alert Level 2. 
  • The SLT are meeting at 9.30am tomorrow to consider the MoE advice and the implications for KNS.  We will send an email to all families tomorrow evening outlining expectations and plans for Thursday’s return to KNS  at Alert Level 2. 
  • Please note the Staff only Day which was planned for Monday 13 September has been postponed.  The Staff only Day will now take place on Friday 29 October.

 

As always if you need any support or have any questions, please contact one of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT):

 



Message to Parents - Returning to Level 4 - 20th August 2021



You will be aware that the Prime Minister has announced that we will be remaining in Alert Level 4, until 11.59pm on Tuesday.  This means Karori Normal School will be closed until at least Wednesday 25 August. 

Thank you for the support you have given us as we worked through the issues related to the lockdown, the care and understanding that you have shown to our staff has been hugely appreciated. 

Please note the following points:


  • Our home learning programmes have now begun.  Thank you for the information you provided to our teachers when they contacted you on Wednesday, we have based our home learning plans on your feedback.  We will do our best to accommodate all needs and circumstances but, as I’m sure you will understand, these have been wide ranging and we won’t be able to meet all requests all of the time. 
  • Teachers will endeavour to provide feedback to children regularly, regarding their work however, please be understanding if your children do not receive feedback on every piece of work they complete.
  • A limited number of our staff have been able to access the school site today.  James Appleton and Phil McIntosh have spent time preparing devices, iPads, laptops etc. for those families who have requested them.  These will be delivered by KNS staff on Monday.  This will enable all our children to access the online home learning.
  • If you have any questions regarding the home learning please contact your child’s teacher.  If you have any other concerns or questions, particularly about schoolwide systems or approaches, please contact a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).
  • A number of parents/caregivers have had questions about Dancesplash, ICAS exams and upcoming sports events.  We will inform you about any changes once we have heard from the organisers of these events.
  • Our staff have been ‘fielding’ a large number of emails, this is understandable given the sudden nature of the lockdown.  Staff will do their best to respond within 24 hours, if the matter is urgent please contact one of the SLT.

As always if you need any support or have any questions, please contact one of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT):



Message to Parents - Returning to Level 4 - 17th August 2021


As you are probably aware the Prime Minister has announced that we will be moving to Alert Level 4, effective from 11.59pm tonight, for at least 3 days.

 

This means Karori Normal School will be closed for the remainder of this week.

 

Our team leaders met this afternoon and have agreed the following:

 

·     Teachers will call all families tomorrow, Wednesday 18 August.  The purpose of this call will be to help us understand your circumstances and needs regarding home learning.  Feedback from parents/caregivers following the 2020 lockdown, was that home learning should be more tailored to individual needs and that teachers should check in regularly to ascertain whether or not we are meeting your family’s needs and circumstances.

·       Teams will collate the information from families on Thursday 19 August and make plans based on the information we receive.

·       Learning programmes will commence for all classes on Friday 20 August. 

 

We will be in touch, when we receive more information from the Ministry of Education or if the Alert Level situation changes.

 

As always if you need any support or have any questions, please contact one of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT):

 

·       Conrad Kelly             ckelly@kns.school.nz

·       James Appleton       jappleton@kns.school.nz

·       Phil McIntosh           pmcintosh@kns.school.nz

 

Ngā Mihi

Conrad



Message to Parents - Returning to Level 2 - 23rd June 2021

 

Kia ora koutou,

 

As you will be aware, Minister Hipkins announced this afternoon, that Wellington is moving to Alert Level 2 at 6.00pm tonight until 11.59pm on Sunday. If you are new to KNS, please read the message below carefully.  If you have been with us for the whole year, please read the message to remind yourself of the expectations at level two.

 

Please also note that:

 

The Matariki celebration planned for tomorrow evening has been cancelled.

The Literacy Quiz finals being held on Saturday have been postponed.

For of you are self-isolating along with your children, please contact your child’s teacher to make arrangements for home learning.

 

As always, if you have any questions, please email Conrad ckelly@kns.school.nz, James jappleton@kns.school.nz or Phil pmcintosh@kns.school.nz

 

Ngā mihi nui

 

Conrad, James and Phil

 

The overriding principles for Alert Level 2 are:

 

to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place

to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school or early learning centre is infected

to understand that Level 2 is not business as usual

 

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 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.  Every classroom has access to soap and water nearby.

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.

 

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 Phil McIntosh and James Appleton. 

Not all students will be anxious.  

As best you can, use your normal reassurances to make school safe and secure.

 

Identifying Contact

 

The purpose for entering the school is to take your child to the classroom door. You are unable to enter the buildings.

We will not be contact tracing at the gates but please scan the QR codes using the COVID tracer app.

Any parent/caregiver arriving at school during the day must enter at the school office entrance on Donald Street and sign in.

 

Other information

 

The school hours remain the same 8:55 to 3.00pm. 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.  If you do not need to come onto the school grounds, we ask that you do not during level 2.

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

The scooter and bike racks remain in the same place. Please remember to bring a bike lock to secure these.

If your child is going to be absent please follow our usual process, contact absences@kns.school.nz or phone 04 4767228 

 

Before and After School Care  

 

At this stage, we have not heard from the after school providers.  However, when we moved to level 2 last August they continued to operate with the same pick up and drop off services.  If your child attends an After School Care programme please contact the provider to confirm details.

 

If you have any questions, please email Conrad ckelly@kns.school.nz, James jappleton@kns.school.nz or Phil pmcintosh@kns.school.nz

 

Ngā Mihi

 

Conrad




Message to Parents - Returning to Level 2 - 28th February 2021

 

Kia ora koutou,

 

As you will be aware, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced we have moved back into COVID alert level 2, from 6.00am this morning for a period of seven days. If you are new to KNS, please read the message below carefully.  If you were with us on 14/02/2021, please read the message to remind yourself of the expectations at level two.

 

Please also note that the PTA picnic planned for this coming Friday 05 March, has been postponed until Friday 12 March.

 

As always, if you have any questions, please email Conrad ckelly@kns.school.nz, James jappleton@kns.school.nz or Phil pmcintosh@kns.school.nz

 

Ngā mihi nui

 

Conrad, James and Phil

 

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, if someone in a school or early learning centre is infected

3.        to understand that Level 2 is not business as usual

 

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 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.  Every classroom has access to soap and water nearby.
  • 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.
  • There is no bubble concept and the idea of “groups of 10” does not apply to children and staff in the school setting. 

 

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 Phil McIntosh and James Appleton. 
  • Not all students will be anxious.  
  • As best you can, use your normal reassurances to make school safe and secure.

Identifying Contact

  • The purpose for entering the school is to take your child to the classroom door. You are unable to enter the buildings.
  • We will not be contact tracing at the gates but please scan the QR codes using the COVID tracer app.
  • Any parent arriving at school during the day must enter at the school office entrance on Donald Street and sign in.

 

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.  If you do not need to come onto the school grounds, we ask that you do not during level 2.
  • Kiss and Drop will continue and hand sanitizer will be used by all volunteers.
  • The scooter and bike racks remain in the same place. Please remember to bring a bike lock to secure these.
  • If your child is going to be absent please follow our usual process, contact absences@kns.school.nz or phone 04 4767209.

 

Before and After School Care  

  • At this stage, we have not heard from the after school providers.  However, when we moved to level 2 last August they continued to operate with the same pick up and drop off services.