Students in year 9 will move to online learning from Wednesday 10 August – Friday 12 August.
Dear parents and caregivers
After a relatively quiet start to term 3, unfortunately several of our staff (and family) members have now contracted Covid-19 and other winter illnesses. We have 18 teachers away today and expect that number to increase over the course of the week. With a dwindling pool of relief teachers, it has become increasingly difficult, and now impossible, to ensure all classes are supervised. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to move Year 9 students to online learning from Wednesday to Friday this week.
We understand that for many families keeping Year 9 students at home will be challenging, which is why we have so far resisted moving this year level to online learning. However, we do appreciate your support to ensure the smooth operation of the school and to ensure our senior students can continue with their NCEA lessons and assessments.
Please note the following:
- Supervision for year 9 students unable to stay at home will be provided. Students should report to the hall each morning and will be working on their online learning programme (please note school closes at 1:00pm on Friday due to the Year 8 Experience Day).
- Extra-curricular activities (before/after school sports, arts, music, kapakaha etc.) will continue as per usual, unless you are notified otherwise
If students are well, they will need to start online learning. The hub for each of our online classrooms is the class Team. This often includes a OneNote with pages of lesson activities. Students will need to take responsibility for going to the Team and finding the instructions for tasks.
Teachers will use the ‘General – Posts’ area of the Team to let students know where to find tasks and resources. Please note that teachers will always not be able to directly contact parents or students by email to set work. Should students need to contact a teacher by email the format is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I apologise for any inconvenience that this decision might cause families.
By Daniel Wilson