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Term 4 2020 Upcoming Events
More information on these events will be out closer to the time. Also please keep an eye out in the school newsletter ‘Upcoming Events' section.
Covid Alert Level update
Dear School community,
The PM announced this afternoon that the Auckland District (Including Wellsford) will move to Alert L2 at midnight on Wednesday night. The only change for you, from Thursday, is that you can now have gatherings of up to 100. But for school, nothing changes. That means we still say goodbye at the gate. If you come into the school we need you to maintain social distancing, hand sanitise, observe sneeze and cough rules, and keep a contact tracing diary. We will also maintain all the personal hygiene rules we have been adhering recently. Hopefully soon, we will move to Level 1 like the rest of the country. I'll keep you posted on that.
Take care, Dave.
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
School is opening on 31st August, at Alert L2. Like last time we have carefully thought through the Health and Safety considerations and have developed a plan that will allow you to confidently return your children to school. This H&S Plan includes….
1) Personal Hygiene lessons taught daily to students
2) Hand sanitizer to be used whenever staff and students enter and leave the classrooms. This will allow the safe use of sports equipment, art materials, library books, and class equipment
3) Your child can wear a mask if you wish, but this is not compulsory
4) A contact tracing diary will be kept for all visitors to the school, including parents. There is a QR code for scanning at the main office, and possibly at the gates
5) Parents are asked not to enter the school grounds, except by appointment. The contact tracing diary process will be very tricky with rules like social distancing and one in the office at a time, so please say goodbye at the gate, no earlier than 8:30am, and collect your children from the gate, between 3:00 and 3:15pm, whenever possible. If you appear outside a classroom, a contact tracing diary record will be made.
6) Our cleaners will spend extra time, daily, sanitising commonly touched areas around the school.
7) Children are asked not to swap and share personal equipment
8) Children are asked to bring personal drink bottles. The drinking fountains will be closed. They can refill their bottles from the classroom taps, during the day
9) Children who have colds, runny noses, or sore throats, should stay home, so if you are a working parent, make a plan now for the care of a sick child, just in case
10) If you have borrowed a school device, please have your child bring this back with them, on Monday 31st.
Looking forward to seeing the kids on Monday!
24.08.2020 - 3.50pm
Covid Lockdown Update
Hi there everyone,
As per the PM's announcement at 3pm today, Wellsford School will remain closed for the rest of this week. Distance Learning and the Bubble class will continue as they did last week. At this stage we will reopen on Monday 31st August, but will be required to follow L2 guidelines. I will review our L2 plan from last time and share this with you tomorrow. In the meantime, take care, support one another, maintain high levels of personal hygiene, and prepare yourselves for a return to school next week.
16.08.20 - 10.00am
From the Ministry of Education...
Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV will be back on Monday 17 August to support learning for children aged 2-to-11 years while Auckland remains in Alert Level 3.
Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV will take over TVNZ DUKE's daytime schedule 9am to 1pm on weekdays. Programming for younger children includes the popular Karen’s House at 9am, followed by programmes for children aged 5 to 7, including junior movement with the Dingle Foundation and junior science and maths with Suzy Cato.
DUKE is available on Freeview channel 13, Sky and Vodafone TV channel 23.
It can be live streamed on the TVNZ website, www.tvnz.co.nz. Content will be available for catch up viewing on TVNZ OnDemand.
All earlier episodes of Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV remain available through TVNZ OnDemand.
Take care, Dave.
14.08.2020 - 6.00pm
Sadly, as of this evening’s Government announcement, Alert L3 has been extended for the next 12 days. That means Wellsford School will close to all students except the children of essential workers, at least until midnight on Wednesday 26th August. Essential workers enrolling their children for next week, need to reply to this dojo. Distance learning programmes have been prepared. You will soon receive a dojo message from the Team Leader of your child's syndicate. This dojo will explain how and when you can access this distance learning. Until we can all meet face to face again, take care, be kind and considerate towards others, and make sure you and your families maintain high levels of personal hygiene, and follow government guidelines.
12.08.2020 - 7.30am
Good morning everyone.
Sadly, here we are again. Alert L3. Wellsford School is closed today, tomorrow and Friday, to all students apart from the children of essential workers. They can attend like last time. We are planning for this. Staff are sorting things out this morning. We are being updated by the government regularly. We will keep you updated as often as we can.
Take care. Dave.
11.08.20 - 10.00pm
As per the Governments three day Level 3 lockdown announcement made tonight affecting the Auckland area (from Wellsford to Pukekohe) WELLSFORD SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED WEDNESDAY 12, THURSDAY 13, FRIDAY 14 AUGUST 2020. Please check your dojo’s and school Facebook and website regularly and we will be in touch with the school community when we know more.
Alert Level 1 Update
8 June, 2020.
The Prime Minister has just announced that the country will move to Alert Level 1 at midnight tonight. For Wellsford School that means.....
1) We will no longer have staff on Gate Duty in the mornings. However, parents are asked to continue saying goodbye at the gate, not because of Covid-19, but because doing so recently has supported our youngsters to develop their self-management skills, and we'd love that to continue.
2) Contact tracing diaries are no longer required at school. But the Government encourages everyone to maintain personal tracing diaries, so the school will be displaying a QR code for parents who have the App, can use it. We will also keep our visitor log at the office for anyone attending a meeting.
3) We will maintain our teaching of good personal hygiene, namely - stay home if you are sick - wash your hands well and often - and sneeze and cough into your elbow.
Thank you for being such an understanding and supportive community during this whole Covid episode. Your cooperation has made the task much easier.
Take care, Dave.