COVID-19 Updates

Alert Level 2 for schools - Summary

7th May 2020

Alert Level 2 for schools

The earliest schools will be back is the 18th May – this will depend on the Prime Ministers announcement on Monday 11th however, here are some ideas below of what school may look like when we do move to Level 2.

Schools will be open to all students and year levels at Alert Level 2 from the beginning of the next school week after the announcement is made i.e. if announcement made on 11th, school starts 18th; if announcement delayed and is made on the 18th, school starts 25th - All staff and students to be onsite at Level 2.

Safe and sensible practices for hygiene and contact tracing will be the norm, and all students will be able to return, so long as they remain well.

The key principles for Alert Level 2 are to:

    • reduce the risk of someone getting infected in the first place

    • ensure we can identify and contact anyone who becomes infected

    • understand that Level 2 is not business as usual.

Also at Alert Level 2:

School transport will resume

    • Must provide an up to date bus list.

    • Seats close to drive must remain empty

    • Hand sanitiser available as children board the bus

The Food in Schools Programmes will be fully operational (extra health provisions will apply).

OSCAR programmes can open as can other before and after school programmes.

As you have been doing at Alert Level 3, please continue to focus on:

    • enabling good hygiene practices – regular washing and drying of hands and good cough and sneeze etiquette remain fundamental to preventing spread of illness such as colds, flu and COVID-19

    • ensuring people with COVID-19 symptoms stay away from school

    • maintaining physical distancing where practicable - in schools at Alert Level 2 this means children, and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other – no hugs or handshakes yet

    • keeping track of people that enter your school – through your attendance register and visitor register.

    • Students or family members of students with compromised immunity or at higher risk if they contract Covid-19

Where this is the case, teachers should continue to support parents and caregivers with tailored planning and support for these students. It will be important for parents or caregivers to talk to the school about:

            • how long the student might need to continue to learn from home,

            • whether the student and whānau have the support they need for effective ongoing distance learning

            • potential technology options to enable the student to participate in classes to support connection and engagement

            • whether it would be possible and beneficial for a teacher aide to work with a student in their home or remotely if necessary for the student’s health.

Terry Watton


24th April 2020

Hi all,

Over the last few days I have contacted all families to find out how many children will be at school during COVID-19 Level 3. It was great to connect with you all and nice to know that you are all well. Most of you have said that you are enjoying the time with the kids at home and I got the general feeling that everyone is enjoying the slower pace of life.

Going forward into Level 3 there will not be a lot that will change. Below are some things that we do know:

- At present there are NO children who need to come to school. However, if things change at your end, please, please, please, let me know and we will see how we can help you.

- Monday 27th April is a public holiday so there will be no online learning on this day.

- Tuesday 28th April is set down as a Teacher Only Day so that the teachers can prepare for their programmes going forward. There will be no online learning on this day either.

- The teacher (Mrs Kyd, Miss Doran, Tahlia) will continue the work they are doing online with students from their own homes so keep reminding students to check their emails and the Maunga Class Blog for updates. Mr Watton will be at school each morning during Level 3.

- We will be producing a brief newsletter each week to help keep you informed and to share some student work. This will be posted onto our school website on Wednesdays. Click on 'Newsletters'. This will also go out through Skool Loop.

- If you haven't already please download the Skool Loop app to your phone. Just search for Skool Loop, click 'find my school' then click on Karangahake School. All info and updates will be put on this app.

I think that is all for now. As usual, if you have any questions please ask me.

Terry Watton


20th April 2020

Hello Parents, Caregivers, and Whanau for Karangahake School

We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme has been a success for you so far. We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with but we have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you for all your support.

Today the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April. That means we will be open to receive students from the 29 April. We will start to prepare our site from tomorrow.

The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home. If your child is sick please also ensure you keep them at home.

In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures.

I want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home.

We will contact you later this week to find out whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person.

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with health to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. As you will be doing, we want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible.

For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance while we progress our planning for what Alert Level 3 will mean for you and for our school. We will be in touch again soon with more information. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with your teachers with any questions you might have.

Terry Watton


13th April 2020

Hi all.

Hope you are all remaining in your bubble and keeping safe. The more we can do this the sooner we can have our business' open and have our children going back to school.

School starts Wednesday 15th April.

This is going to be very different to what we are used to and there will be a lot of questions as we progress through the next few weeks. Please do not expect the school day to be "normal". It will not be. Everyone will need to exercise a degree of flexibility and patience as we work through this together.

The teachers have been working hard over the last 3-4 weeks to put. together a programme that will be beneficial to our students through this lockdown period. At present they are working on a daily time table and they will get these out as soon as possible.

We are aware that many parents are working from home and that some have limited internet connectivity. Teachers are working on how to make their lessons work for everyone so that if for any reason your children are not able to access a zoom meeting at a specific time with their teacher then this lesson will be available later. An example of this is that Miss Doran has been working on how to video a zoom lesson and then post it either on the class blog or to email it to the students to view later. By doing this students will not miss out on the same teaching. or learning opportunities as their peers. Not all learning will be online. Students will need to be doing some work in their books or in specific work books that they have.

The teachers have been in touch with most, if not all, of you. The most important thing with the online learning process is communication. Students will need to check their emails regularly, especially each morning to make sure they know when their learning sessions will be. We are all in this together and there will be some teething problems as we progress through this time, so please be patient and kind with the words we write. It is very easy to take something out of context when something is written as part of a conversation.

We will start Wednesday 15th April with a whole school assembly at 9am. I will send an invitation to this. meeting via student email addresses. Teachers will have 'Star of the Week' certificates for those students who have been active in their learning opportunities during the last few weeks.

As far as when we will return to school goes; this is still unknown. The government announced a plan for returning to school yesterday but this is dependant on so many things. What we can take from this announcement is that not all school will open at the same time. Some schools may not open for several months. We are fortunate that we are in an area where there are, to my knowledge, no reported cases of COVID-19 so there is a possibility that we could be. open again for instruction about the end of April; however as we saw with the speed of how things changed leading up to lockdown, things could also change over the next few weeks.

Remain patient. Remain positive. Remain in your bubble.

I think that is all for now. Any questions, please ask.

Terry Watton.