COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) HELPING YOURSELF AND OTHERS

 

25 May - Update 10

 


Kia ora koutou Parents & Cargivers

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) UPDATE 10 HELPING YOURSELF AND OTHERS

Today the Prime Minister announced that we will remain at Alert Level 2 and a decision no later than Monday 22nd June will be made to move to Alert Level 1.

Cabinet will check in on NZ's settings on Monday 8th June.

Therefore Alert Level 2 criteria still applies and our protocols for Mokoia Intermediate remains the same. 

Just a reminder...
1. Mokoia Intermediate is open to all students.

2. Distance learning will still be available in some capacity.

3. School buses will be running as per normal with health & safety precautions. 

4. Parents & caregivers will be limited and must abide by safe distancing when accessing the school via the school office only. You will be required for tracing purposes to register your full name and time in and out of the school.

5. Face masks are permitted to be worn.

6. Children and staff will not attend school if they are unwell and it is recommended to get checked for COVID-19, even if it's just a runny nose, headache or cough etc.

7. Children and staff who become unwell during the school day will be sent home and it is recommended as above to get checked.

8. Mobile phones are to be taken to the office as per normal but a plastic clip lock bag with name on will be used and placed in the office Learning Centre containers.

9. Students will be allowed to wear PE uniform as an alternative for the day but must still wear the uniform polar fleece and/or uniform jacket. This is to eliminate changing for fitness or sport and avoid close proximity in designated toilets.

10. School water fountains will be closed - children will need to bring their own water bottles to school. They will be able to refill in the Learning Centres and strict hygiene processes will be taken.

Ministry of Health Advice:
Any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing and cleaning, and then potentially for a further 14 days.

COVID-19 Precaution - Safe Distancing:
In schools, physical distancing means children, young people and staff maintaining enough distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other and maintaining good hygiene practices, and regular cleaning. As is regular cleaning of equipment.

Our Safety Obligation:
We can ensure you that we will take all safety precautions to make sure your child/ren are safe while at school.

We had a positive start to school in Alert Level 2. Our priority remains to make sure your children are safe, continue to discuss our school protocols, and check in on wellbeing.

Have a lovely long weekend for Queen's Birthday. School is closed on Monday 1st June.

Blessings to you all.

Regards
Rawiri Wihapi
Principal

We are Limitless! We are Passionate! We are Mokoia!


11 May - Update 9

 

 

Kia ora koutou Parents & Caregivers
COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) UPDATE 9 HELPING YOURSELF AND OTHERS

This afternoon, the Prime Minister announced that New Zealand will move into Alert Level 2 from 11.59pm on Wednesday 13 May. That means from Thursday Alert Level 2 criteria apply.

What this means for Mokoia...
1. Mokoia Intermediate is open to all students on Monday 18th May (there will be some physical limitations with public health but these will be covered by our Alert Level 2 Protocols).

2. Distance learning will be available in some capacity but all staff will be back at school physically.

3. School buses will be running as per normal. Students are asked to sit 2 metres behind the driver and a safe distance by others on the bus. Hand sanitizer will be available for students on entry to the bus.

4. PPE is not required or recommended as necessary in any educational facility by the Public Health Service, but students & staff may wear a face mask to school.

5. Parents & caregivers will be limited and must abide by safe distancing at drop off and pick ups at the school gate, accessing the school will only be via the school office. You will be required for tracing purposes to register your full name and time in and out of the school.

6. Children and staff will not attend school if they are unwell and must get checked for COVID-19, even if it's just a runny nose, headache or cough etc.

7. Children and staff who become unwell during the school day will be sent home and must get checked as above.

8. Mobile phones are to be taken to the office as per normal but a plastic clip lock bag with name on will be used and placed in the office container.

9. Students will be allowed to wear PE uniform as an alternative for the day but must still wear the uniform polar fleece and/or uniform jacket. This is to eliminate changing for fitness or sport and avoid close proximity in designated toilets

10. School water fountains will be closed - children will need to bring their own water bottles to school. They will be able to refill in the Learning Centres and strict hygiene processes will be taken.

Ministry of Health Advice:
Any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing and cleaning, and then potentially for a further 14 days.

Procedures for this week:
As for the last 3 weeks the normal bubble of 3-6 students and 2 teachers will continue learning at school, this is to ensure continued safety for these students, teachers and their whanau.

Thursday 14th May and Friday 15th May are preparation days for STAFF ONLY to prepare for opening on Monday 18th May for all students.

COVID-19 Precaution - Safe Distancing:
I
n schools, physical distancing means children, young people and staff maintaining enough distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other and maintaining good hygiene practices, and regular cleaning. As is regular cleaning of equipment.

Our Safety Obligation:
We can ensure you that we will take all safety precautions to make sure your child/ren are safe on their return and while at school.

We are excited and happy to be returning to school physically after 8 weeks away. Our first priority is to make sure your children are safe, discuss our school protocols, and check in on wellbeing. We understand there will be many anxieties and maybe even some complex issues before starting the normal learning programmes on Day 1. We will try and make school as normal as we can for the rest of this term.

Enjoy the rest of your week & weekend. Have quality time with family.

Blessings to you all.

Regards
Rawiri Wihapi
Principal
We are Limitless! We are Passionate! We are Mokoia!

 

 

7th May - Update 8

 

Kia ora koutou Parents & Caregivers

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) UPDATE 8 HELPING YOURSELF AND OTHERS


Like me, I am sure you have followed with interest the announcements made by the Prime Minister.

 

It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and I thank you for your ongoing support for the work we are doing.

 

Today, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.

 

The good news is that when we are able to, we will be ready to welcome all students and staff back to our school site.

 

The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.

 

As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.

 

Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

 

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.

 

Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid's not measles or chickenpox, it doesn't hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don't have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their 'moist breath' zone”. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2!

 

It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.

 

For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/

 

In anticipation that the Prime Minister announces that we move to Alert Level 2 on Monday 11th May, 48 hours given to businesses to prepare to open and for schools not to open mid week, we will be open to all students on Monday 18th May.


Distance learning and the Alert Level 3 bubble will remain in place with the 3 to 6 students and the same 2 teachers next week.

 

We will be in touch again soon to update you on our plans.

 

Ngā mihi

 

Rawiri Wihapi

Principal


1st May - Update 7

 

Kia ora koutou Parents & Caregivers

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) UPDATE 7 HELPING YOURSELF AND OTHERS

We wanted to give you a quick update on how we are doing under Alert Level 3. 

Our distance learning is working well. While it will certainly have challenges for you at home balancing work and care for your children, we are getting a lot of great feedback too. It is exciting to see the innovation that has been happening and some brilliant videos coming through of what our students, families and whānau have been up to at home. 

We were also excited to be able to reopen our premises for 2 staff and 3 students onsite this week and look forward to welcoming more of you in person very soon, in Alert Level 2 hopefully.

We also just wanted to provide some reassurance that our school is a safe place for your child to be and safe for our staff too during Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2 once announced.

We have closely followed the public health measures that have been put in place for Alert Level 3.  These were set by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education to minimise spread in the unlikely event that someone in our community is confirmed with COVID-19. 

This means our small school bubbles are in place, our staff and students are staying 1 metre apart inside and 2 metres outside, our cleaning programme fully aligns with Health guidance, only essential visitors are coming into school and we have systems in place similar to supermarkets and dairies, to prevent those people from congregating.

We have hand sanitiser in classrooms and lots of reminders to students and staff to undertake good hygiene practices such as good cough and sneeze etiquette, and washing hands frequently. Most importantly, the children on site are enjoying being back with their peers, even though it is in quite a different way.

Just to remind you also that COVID-19 is not an illness that impacts heavily on children and young people.  An article by Dr Gary Payinda in the NZ Herald highlights this:

  • The young are less likely to get infected, less likely to get seriously ill, and less likely to spread the infection to others.

  • When kids are affected, the illness is almost always mild. Luckily, unlike flu or many other infectious diseases, children with Covid are not super-spreaders.

  • Covid's not measles or chickenpox; it doesn't hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don't have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their 'moist breath' zone.

  • Make hand hygiene a habit - more than being scared of runners passing by, touching groceries, or standing in queues at the supermarket, we should be afraid of our own hands.

You will also be interested to know there have been no confirmed instances of a person with COVID-19 who never developed symptoms spreading the virus. For more information on how COVID-19 is spread go to the Ministry of Health website.

Staying home if sick, physical distancing, good hand hygiene, not touching your face, good cough/sneeze etiquette and regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces minimises any potential spread of the virus, if we were to have a case in our community. Our school’s health and safety system is all set up to ensure this happens.

Please get in touch if you have any questions, including about our health and safety management for children, staff and visitors coming onsite.

 

Ngā mihi

Rawiri Wihapi 

Principal


27 April - A letter from our Prime Minister:


Kia ora Friend,


When you wake up tomorrow (Tuesday 28 April), New Zealand will officially be at COVID-19 Alert Level 3. 


Because of the extraordinary sacrifices New Zealanders have made to this point, we’ve managed to get on top of COVID-19, and countless lives have been saved.
We should celebrate that, but we still have a long road ahead of us. 


This is the last night of Alert Level 4 lockdown, and I know that none of us want to be back here again.


That means making careful, evidence-based decisions to avoid moving back and forth between levels. All of us need to be responsible, follow the rules, and play our part to lock in the gains we’ve made against the virus.


Other countries have seen second waves emerge, and that’s not something we should allow here, and the reason vigilance and discipline is needed now as much as ever.


In some ways, for many of us, life tomorrow won’t look too different from the last few weeks.

The message remains the same: work or learn from home if you can, and if you’re not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials then please stay home.


The big difference about Alert Level 3 is that it’ll allow us to begin to restart the economy while making sure we stay on top of the virus. This means industries like construction, manufacturing, and forestry can get moving again - as long as they ensure proper COVID-19 health and safety measures are in place. We’ll also see retail businesses operating again, as long as they ensure there will be no face-to-face customer interaction. Overall, hundreds of thousands of people will be getting back to work, even as preventing any potential spread is still a priority.

But the reason I’m emailing you today is really to ask you to stick with it. Alert Level 3 isn’t a return to normal, and I know that we’re once again asking a lot from New Zealanders. But if we’re to finish the job that we started - and we must - we need to maintain our united front against the virus.


We’ve made amazing progress over the last four weeks in the fight against COVID-19. We can’t afford to lose those gains and waste the hard work we’ve all put in.


So please, stay home, be kind, let’s finish what we started.


Thank you,
Jacinda

Prime Minister 


25th April - Update 6


Kia ora koutou Parents & Caregivers

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) UPDATE 6 HELPING YOURSELF AND OTHERS


As we head into Anzac weekend, I hope you can spend some time with your whānau and perhaps even those in your street, if you plan to gather at the end of your driveway this morning, to remember the Australians and New Zealanders who sacrificed their lives during WWI and all in conflicts since:
 
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.
 
After the long weekend, we will be in alert level 3 for at least two weeks. I want to congratulate and thank you and our school staff and communities for the immense amount of work that carried on during alert level 4 and for remaining positive and continuing to put children and young people first.
 
We will get through alert level 3 with the same approach - He waka eke noa.
 
Ngā mihi nui
Matua Rawiri

I am confident that we are prepared.

We have a Teachers' Only Day on Tuesday 28th April so school with distance learning will be closed.

Currently we have 3 students out of 336 returning to school on Wednesday 29th April.

6 students will be in one bubble with Whaea Arihi and Mr Law, based in Puarenga 1 & 4. All other staff will remain at home to continue distance learning.

All necessary information will be communicated to the 6 specific parents who have children returning to school.

Thank you again for your support during this difficult time.

 

21st April 2020 - Update 5


Kia ora koutou Parents & Caregivers

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) UPDATE 5 HELPING YOURSELF AND OTHERS


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.
 
Yesterday 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 (yet to be confirmed).  We will start to prepare our site from today onwards.
 
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 today 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. 

 

Regards 

Rawiri Wihapi 
Principal 

 

 

14th April 2020 - Update 4

 

Kia ora koutou Parents & Caregivers

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) UPDATE 4 HELPING YOURSELF AND OTHERS

 

This morning we had a staff meeting via Zoom and as part of that meeting we discussed 'Spotlight on Learning' student reports.
 
At this time we feel that in the best interest of the current situation with home learning, sending out student reports may add more stress and pressure to your home circumstances and our teachers beginning home learning.
We have decided to postpone the sending out of student reports until we physically return to school so that parents have an opportunity to make a time to come and see the teacher face to face to discuss your child's report.
Home learning is our main focus starting tomorrow. Sorry for the inconvenience and I hope you all understand at this difficult time.

 

Regards
Rawiri Wihapi
Principal

 

14th April 2020 - Update 3


Kia ora koutou Parents & Caregivers

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) UPDATE 3 HELPING YOURSELF AND OTHERS

 

I hope your family is well during this difficult time. We are here to support in whatever capability we can from home. School officially begins on Wednesday 15th April.

We have informed the Ministry of Education of families/homes who do not have either a device, no connectivity or both and those who need hard packs at home for learning.

MOE has advised us that priority for distribution will begin this week with secondary students, greatest need due to disadvantage, intermediate and primary students, and in that order.

An alternative to home learning is to utilise home learning television airing from Wednesday 15th April on TVNZ. This will run from 9am to 3pm on school days on TVNZ 2+1 and Sky channel 502. Some lessons will also be available on TVNZ On Demand. The content will cover a broad curriculum for preschool and children aged 5 to 15 years of age.

Maori Television will deliver Reo Maori programmes for ages 0-18 throughout the day from 9am to 3pm. Content will focus on building skills in speaking Te Reo Maori.

Click on the 2 links below for further information about home learning television.

https://www.education.govt.nz/news/tv-education-channels-launching-on-april-15/

 

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/livetv

 

Here are the times and programmes for home learning television.

9.00am - 9.10am Parenting - Nathan Wallis

9.10am - 9.25am Early Learning

9.25am - 9.40am Junior Health (Age 5 - 8)

9.40am - 9.55am Junior Literacy (Age 5 - 8)

9.55am - 10.05am Maia the Brave

10.05am - 10.30am Beginning Te Reo

10.30am - 10.50am Junior Science and Maths (Age 5 - 8)

10.50am - 11.00am Kai 5

11.00am - 11.15am Middle Literacy and Language (Age 9 - 11)

11.15am - 11.40am Middle Maths (Age 9 - 11)

11.40am - 12.05pm Junior Project

12.05pm - 12.30pm Fanimals

12.30pm - 12.40pm Parenting with Nathan Wallis

12.40pm - 1.00pm New Zealand HIstory

1.00pm - 1.30pm Senior Literacy (Age 12 - 15)

1.30pm - 1.55pm Born to Move - (Teens)

1.55pm - 2.25pm ​​Advanced Te Reo

2.25pm - 2.50pm Senior Project

2.50pm - 3.00pm Daily Diary

 

Your child's teacher or a learning support assistant will make contact via phone call to check in on you. Please be patient as we head into unknown territory and home learning experiences for everyone. 

Keep safe in your whanau bubble.

Please note - All devices distributed to homes for your child to use are the property of Mokoia Intermediate. 

 

Best Wishes

Rawiri Wihapi

Principal

 

13th April 2020 - Update 2

 

Kia ora koutou Parents & Caregivers

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) UPDATE 2 HELPING YOURSELF AND OTHERS

Easter blessings to you all! 


Many of you will have seen differing reports in the media about when and how schools will reopen once we move down from Alert Level 4. There is a lot of misinformation out there so I thought it best that you hear it from the horse's mouth (with the Ministry of Education being the horse).


The five main points are:
1. No decision has been made yet about when schools will reopen. This decision will be made based on data about the spread of Covid-19 and how we are going in stamping it out. It is unlikely that a decision will be made before 20 April.


2. The very earliest schools would open is on 29 April and this would likely only be for SOME students, not all.


3. The Ministry (and us) are preparing for several possible scenarios - opening only for staff, opening for essential workers' children, opening in shifts so that children can stay 2m apart, opening for just senior students, a combination of distance and on-site learning, staggered opening, not opening for a number of weeks etc. We want to be prepared for whatever the decision is once the data becomes clear.


4. There will be ample notice before schools open. They will not be closed one day and open the next. We will be given ample time to ensure that the school has a deep-clean, that our planning for the term is completed and that we put in place any H & S regulations.


5. The Ministry has been VERY clear that we will NOT be moving out of Alert Level 4 early.


Chris Hipkins is, this week, working on guidelines for what Alert Level 3 could look like for schools. We look forward to his guidance on this matter.
We look forward to reconnecting with you on our first day of Term 2, by distance, on Wednesday.


Best Wishes
Rawiri Wihapi 
Principal

 

9 April 2020 - Update 1

 

Kia Ora Whanau, 

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) UPDATE 1 HELPING YOURSELF AND OTHERS 

Flutracking

As noted by the Ministry of Health, Flutracking is an online survey which asks if you have had a fever or cough in the last week and which can help us track COVID-19. Registering online will help our surveillance efforts by providing early detection of community spread of the flu and also of COVID-19 symptoms.

The MoE and MoH are encouraging people to register online at https://info.flutracking.net/

This is a practical thing everyone can do to help us monitor flu and COVID-19 symptoms throughout NZ. 

Help the scientists help us!

MoE Wellbeing information updated including new tip sheets for families, caregivers and whānau

Below are a range of links from the Ministry of Education which families may find helpful at this time. Please take a look and share the information with others who you think, maybe finding isolation particularly difficult. 

The MoE slightly updated the wellbeing information on their website to better reflect how the COVID-19 response has changed over the last weeks. Included in there are three new tip sheets for parents, caregivers and teachers:

Tips for teachers, parents and caregivers – supporting toddlers

Tips for teachers, parents and caregivers – supporting children

Tips for teachers, parents and caregivers – supporting young people

 

If you know someone who might be struggling in your school or early learning service community, there are a large range of supports in place that may be able to assist including: 

Mental wellbeing

Supporting children and young people at home

Managing self-isolation

Care options for children of essential workers

Financial support for employers and employees

Staying safe online

Preventing harm from bullying

Family harm

Responding to discrimination – through the Human Rights Commission

Accessing healthcare

For people vulnerable to COVID-19 

 

Stay CalmBe SafeStick with the Facts and Wash Your Hands. 

Take care of yourselves and each other. 

 

Regards

Matua Rawiri 

Principal