Memo: Delta Alert Level 2 Protocols Memo # 4
I am happy to announce that we will be reopening Morrinsville Intermediate School for all learners and staff on Thursday 9th September. School transport will resume as normal.
You’ll be aware that all of New Zealand (with the exception of Auckland) is moving to Alert Level 2 from Tuesday 7th September. Our thoughts and positive wishes are with everyone in Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland.
Extensive wastewater testing and the numbers of people getting tested across the country has given the Government confidence that it is safe to allow a shift down to Alert Level 2 across most of New Zealand.
We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back onsite on Thursday. On arrival at school (preferably between 8.30 a.m. and 8.50 a.m.), students are asked to go directly to their classrooms to sanitise and check in with their teacher. Visitors that are non-urgent are discouraged from coming onto the school site, unless by prior arrangement. Any visitors are asked to please report directly to the office for scanning and contact tracing purposes.
At Alert Level 2 there is low risk of community transmission and it provides us with a lot more opportunities to engage and connect with others. However, there are still a number of public health requirements we all need to follow. Please continue to monitor your health and do not send your children to school if they are not well (and please seek advice about getting a COVID test).
For us, all the required safety precautions for Alert Level 2 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cough and sneeze into their elbow.
We encourage all students to bring a water bottle to school as a safety measure, however, drinking fountains will be operational.
Students who had a chromebook distributed to them for use during lockdown/Alert Level 3 are asked to return this to the office on Thursday, along with the charger. We would also appreciate the return of the school journals that were sent home in the learning packs.
While physical distancing is not a requirement in schools, we will be doing our best to keep students from congregating in very large numbers and keeping spaces well-ventilated. We will also be encouraging students to keep a 1m distance from others wherever practicable.
Face coverings are not required to be worn in school or on school buses. However, 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 (you will need to provide your own masks), whatever your decision it will be respected.
In summary, we will be working hard to keep everyone safe by following our protocols with rigour. I know you will agree with me that health and safety is of paramount importance for all. Thank you for your ongoing support to reinforce our key messages outlined above, with your child/ren.
A BIG thank you to you all for the wonderful assistance you have provided over the past four weeks, with your child’s learning; we have been extremely pleased with the high level of engagement with distance learning. Tino pai!
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s kaiako or me if there is something you need assistance with. See you Thursday!
We are all in this together.
Jenny Clark Teresa Higham
Morrinsville Intermediate Board of Trustees
Alert Level 4: August 21st, 2021 Memo #3
As you will be aware, the Prime Minister announced yesterday that Alert Level 4 has been extended until Tuesday 24th August at 11.59 p.m. Morrinsville Intermediate School therefore continues to be closed. A review of the alert status will be held on Monday by the government.
I want to reassure you that our school staff and board will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the coming days.
With the length of lockdown unknown, enabling your child to continue to learn from home is important. Under new Alert Level 4 guidelines schools are able to distribute electronic devices and hardcopy learning resources under strict protocols.
On Monday 23rd August, a small team of staff will be on site to organise this. If your child DOES NOT have access to a device at home and you have internet access, please communicate with your child's teacher by 5.00 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday) to request to borrow a school-owned chromebook; you will be required to sign a device loan agreement taking full responsibility for the care and use of this. We have already established a device database and have a fairly clear idea of who may need a loan device. Please only request a device if it is urgently needed to enable your child to continue with distance learning programmes. A limited number of devices are available.
For those of you without internet access, hardcopy learning packs will also be available on Monday. Please only request one or the other, not both a device and a hardcopy pack.
To ensure everyone's health and safety, the pick up of the learning resources will be from the MIS bus bay on Monday 23rd August between 12.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (if wet, drive in under the Dome). Please remain in your cars, and wear a mask to ensure both your safety, and the safety of our staff.
Only those who have registered for resources will be able to receive them.
We also hope you are doing OK at the moment ... but it is also OK if you aren't. As the Mental Health Foundation of NZ says, “it’s all right to feel a range of emotions right now. Going into a Level 4 lockdown is a big deal and it brings all sorts of different feelings to the surface, including frustration, worry and even gratitude. However you are feeling, know that you’re not alone – we’re all going through this together.” Family/Whānau Support: for anyone struggling, or who needs further support, a site called heretohelpu.nz is a great place to start. Here whānau can access information from a variety of community organisations that provide support to people in various ways. If you need to talk, check in with a friend or whānau member, or free call/text 1737 to chat with a trained counsellor, it is free and confidential.
A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown so seriously – we’ve seen before that staying at home will break the chain of transmission and save lives. Breaking the rules could risk someone close to you if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands.
And just a quick point – please don’t use our playground during lockdown. Playgrounds cannot be used at Alert Level 4.
As always, please let us know if there is anything you need to support you and your tamariki during this time.
Alert Level 4: August 18th, 2021 Memo #2
I hope your first day in Lockdown has gone as well as possible and that you have had valuable time to spend with your family.
As a school, we will continue to communicate with you when we are informed of any change to the Alert Levels. In the meantime, your family's health and wellbeing is of paramount importance.
I am not expecting classroom teachers to be spending too much time focusing on distance learning this week as we all adjust to moving into lockdown, but they will be available via email or through their normal online learning platform during school hours. Learning opportunities will be available for your child/ren if/when they are ready to engage through their Google Classroom or Site.
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to clarify any matters pertaining to Alert Level 4.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to make contact with your child's teacher.
Alert Level 4: August 17th, 2021 Memo #1
As you will have no doubt heard, the Prime Minister has announced that there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 identified in the community in Auckland, resulting in New Zealand going into Alert Level 4 lockdown as of midnight tonight. This will be for three days with the exception of Auckland and Coromandel who will be in lockdown for seven days.
That means Morrinsville Intermediate School will be closed for the next three days.
With such short notice we weren’t able to hand out devices or hard packs to students in order to support distance learning. For those students who do have a device at home, they can continue to access their Google Classroom/Site. Teachers will ensure there is learning available for students to continue with.
Alternatively you can utilise the following TV resources:
It is really important we do everything we can to keep our community safe. Alert Level 4 means we need to stay home in our bubbles and avoid any travelling as much as possible. Supermarkets, pharmacies, foodbanks and other essential services will be open – but remember to wear a face covering if you are out and about (even a scarf wrapped around your mouth and nose will help). Check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go and please also keep a distance from people you don’t know and wash your hands well and often, especially before and after using any public facilities.
Please go to the Ministry of Health website if you live in Auckland or the Coromandel region, or have recently visited there. There is a list of locations the confirmed case has visited while they were considered to be infectious. If you were at one of those locations and at the same time as specified on the website, then please follow the relevant instructions to isolate and potentially to get tested. Please keep checking that webpage as new locations may be identified over time.
Our focus as always will be to support the learning, safety and wellbeing of our rangatahi and tamariki and we continue to be here to support you as well.
Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s kaiako or me, if there is something you need assistance with.
In the meantime please stay safe.
Jenny Clark (email@example.com)
Alert Level 1: March 7th, 2021 Memo # 3