Please see below for further information regarding the resumption of school on Thursday 9 September.
You’ll be aware that all of New Zealand (with the exception of Auckland) is moving to Alert Level 2 from midnight tonight. Our thoughts and positive wishes are with everyone in Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland.
Please also refer to my previous correspondence regarding school resuming at Level 2.
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 morning. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will be continuing to support the ākonga who have been onsite at Alert Level 3 while we prepare for re-opening to all on Thursday.
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 do 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.
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.
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 students wish to wear a mask, we request that it is a mask (not a bandana or scarf) and is appropriate for school (no offensive images or words).
All laptops loans to students over the past three weeks must be returned to the library on either Thursday or Friday so that they can again be distributed to classes.
Please note that Nayland College students are not eligible for Learning Recognition Credits. This means students need to still gain the full amount of credits required for the qualification. We will be working hard to ensure every learning opportunity is maximised over the coming weeks.
If you are not sure what all the rules are for alert level 2 when you are out and about, then the following information may be useful to you:
I look forward to seeing all of our students at 8:50am on Thursday.
By Daniel Wilson