COVID-19 2021

Kia Ora and Greetings

Two things came out of the Prime Minister’s and Dr Bloomfield’s briefing today:

  • Really good work is being done in response to the small number of cases in Papatoetoe; and
  • All of Auckland is at Level 2 tomorrow and our school is re-opening.

My total commitment to every family, student, and staff member of our school is that our school will be one of the safest places in our community.

And I know I have the support of our staff and our student leaders to make this happen.  

Level 2 from Tomorrow (Thursday 18th)

It is important that our school operates properly and professionally under Level 2.

So, there will be:

Sanitiser

    • This will be available throughout the school (inside rooms and outside on walls and beside walkways)
    • This will be used as students change rooms
    • Handwashing will be encouraged
  • Encouragement of Healthy Habits
    • Reminders of handwashing and sneezing good habits
    • Replacing handshakes and high 5’s with elbow nudges and saying “hello”
    • Students will be met at the gate as they arrive and asked to sanitise their hands and if they need a face mask
  • Facemasks
    • Wearing facemasks will be strongly encouraged
    • Will be available for free at the gate as students arrive and throughout the day and at various places around the school (Office, Deans area, Nurses area, Library etc)
    • Will be worn by myself, senior staff, and others to role model what we want everyone to be doing
  • No large groups
    • No groups will be larger than a class
    • No year level assemblies in the hall
    • If a group bigger than a class does meet they will be spread out in a much bigger place (e.g. staff briefings which are normally held in the staffroom will move to a bigger space, where staff can be spread out more)
  • Posters and Encouragement
    • We will have posters up throughout the school promoting the healthy habits we want to encourage so we can our students and staff, and all their whanau, safe.

Returning to Learning

Please make sure that your child returns to school tomorrow morning. On time by 8:30am please for an 8:40am start to class.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us using the method that works best for you (e.g. phone, email, messenger, etc)

 

Information

We are doing our best to keep our facebook page and website up to date each evening.

If you have any questions please ask us via our Facebook page, email (admin@jchs.school.nz), or our landline 09 268 3958.

Stay well and stay safe.

Arohanui,

 

 

Grant McMillan

Tumuaki/Principal

Kia ora and Greetings,

Like many of you, myself and staff have been closely watching the daily news briefing, and like you we are also happy to hear that no more positive tests have been found amongst the thousands of tests collected yesterday.

Our thoughts are also with the staff, students and whanau of Papatoetoe High School.  

Looking Ahead

Like many of the other teams and groups in our school, our Senior Leadership Team are meeting each day using Zoom.

We are already looking ahead and putting contingency plans in place. So we can quickly adapt to whatever decision is made next about the current Level 3 lockdown.

Essential Workers

If you are an essential worker and you need your child to be at school tomorrow, please call or text me on 021 336 328 this evening, tonight or before 7:30am tomorrow morning.

We will have staff on-site for your child/ren and we will be providing masks etc to keep them safe.

Returning to School

We are also planning ahead for re-opening our school. Which could be under Level 2 or Level 1 conditions. Depending on what the Government decides.

Both lockdowns last year were disruptive to learning for all of our students. But some students had even more disruption to their learning because they didn’t come straight back to class. Sadly, some students stayed away for several weeks more.

I absolutely appreciate and understand whanau being cautious and wanting to make sure that things are safe. Our school, our staff and I are equally cautious and very determined that everyone on-site should be safe and cared for.  

I can absolutely assure you that when our school reopens our school will be one of the safest places in our community.

We already have plentiful stocks of masks, hand-cleaner, tissues and wipes.

More information will be published in a future newsletter when we know what is happening next.

Free Internet (wifi) Connection at Home

Last year we worked closely with Spark and in December we negotiated a Free internet connection for any family that needs it.

Spark was able to do this with help from international partner businesses, and we were able to extend this to include other local secondary schools.

All a family needs is a good cellphone signal (reception) at home. There is no cost, no credit card or bank details are asked for, and there is a simple agreement (not a contact) to sign.

We were about to start the roll-out of these when the lockdown was declared. We wil restart this as soon as we can.

Please make sure that your child asks for one of these, or contact the school if this will give your family an internet connection so you child/ren can work from home in the future.

Information

We are doing our best to keep our facebook page and website up to date each evening.

If you have any questions please ask us via our Facebook page, email (admin@jchs.school.nz), or our landline 09 268 3958.

Stay well and stay safe.

Arohanui,

Grant

Grant McMillan

TumuakiŸPrincipal

Kia ora and Greetings,

Today was the first day of our first lockdown for 2021. Hopefully, this will be the first and only lockdown for the year!

Thank You

Thank You very much indeed for your patience and understanding. Also, for the many messages of support we are receiving. They are appreciated.

Essential Workers

If you are an essential worker and you need your child to be at school tomorrow, or over the next two days, please call or text me on 021 336 328 this evening, tonight or before 7:30am tomorrow morning.

We will have staff on-site for your child/ren and we will be providing masks etc to keep them safe.

On-Line Work and Activities for Learning at Home

The Ministry of Education have provided the following information for families who are looking for on-line work to do at home.

For schools and kura within the Auckland region who are providing teaching and learning to many of their students while the region is at Alert Level 3, a range of teaching and learning resources and guidance can be found here for English medium and here for Māori medium
Home Learning TV can be
accessed on demand here or via the TVNZ App on a device (mobile phone, smart tv or tablet). Mauri Reo Mauri Ora is also available on demand from Māori TV for primary aged tamariki and here for secondary school rangatahi.

Last week was our first week with all year levels in school and on timetable. However, as some whanau saw as they waited with their child, we have had more enrolments than expected in some year levels and a large number of students required timetables and changes during the week.

This delayed by a few days the confirming of classes in our student database and setting up Google classrooms etc, which are needed for on-line classes and learning.

This work is being completed now. If the lockdown extends we will be able switch to on-line learning.

Information

We will be updating our website and there will be daily newsletters on our Facebook page each evening. Please check for updates.

If you have any questions please ask us via our Facebook page, email (admin@jchs.school.nz), or our landline 09 268 3958.

Again, stay safe, and if you are unsure please self-isolate and get a Covid Test. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Arohanui,

Grant McMillan

Tumuaki/Principal

 

 

 

Kia ora and Good evening,

 

We are now in a Level 3 Lockdown for the next 3 days, until midnight Wednesday. Hopefully we will re-open on Thursday morning, but this will be confirmed by the Prime Minister over the next few days.

 

This means that our school is closed to most students and non-essential staff for the next 3 days.

 

If you are an essential worker and you need your child to be at school tomorrow, or over the next 3 days, please call or text me on 021 336 328 this evening, tonight or before 7:30am tomorrow morning. We will have staff on-site for your child/ren and we will be providing masks etc to keep them safe.

 

Because the new school year has just started, and we are still confirming student  classes and courses etc, it is not yet possible to start a full “learning at home” programme. Preparations for this were already underway, and will continue – just in case it is needed.

 

Please encourage your child to read (and complete any work that they may have), but we will not be pushing this for the next 3 days.

 

We will be updating our website and there will be daily newsletters on our Facebook page each evening. Please check for updates.

 

If you have any questions please ask us via our Facebook page, email (admin@jchs.school.nz), or our landline 09 268 3958.

 

All the very best for the next few days. Stay safe, and if you are unsure please self-isolate and get a Covid Test – better to be safe than sorry.

 

Thank you for your assistance and understanding.

 

Arohanui,

 Grant McMillan

Tumuaki/Principal

ENROLMENTS for TERM TWO

If you need to enrol your child for Term Two please come to the school office and collect an enrolment form. We look forward to assisting you.