We Can Do This! More information from the Ministry of Education

To all our parents and caregivers

This notice conveys information sent to schools by the Ministry of Education, it includes a template letter to parents and a table explaining guidelines for level 3. We have an Alert level 3 plan and will ensure that all parts of this plan are included. The letter is shared below.

The Tracer App QR code is in the entrance to the office. Please drop your child at the gate after 8.30am and collect them by 3pm at the gate. 

I am sure you all have been shocked and upset at hearing of the bullying of people unfortunate to contract the COVID-19  virus. It is a good time to remind us all to be kind and compassionate. We have been here before and I feel confident that we can all adjust to this way of living and learning again. If you have any concerns or needs we can help you with please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please keep an eye out for emails from your child’s teacher. These will give you the plans and links for your child’s learning. You can also access our home learning page on our school website for links and ideas. https://www.dairyflat.school.nz/learning-at-home/

We can do this!!

Enjoy the sunshine

Debbie Marshall

Below is information from the Ministry of Education;  
Who can go to school
Any child who can’t be supervised at home by an appropriate person, needs to be able to attend school. If there is an adult at home, children should be kept home.
School transport services
Ministry operated school buses and SESTA services will not be operating while Alert Level 3 is in place in Auckland.
Television and radio
Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV will be back on Monday 17 August to support learning for children aged 2-to-11 years while Auckland remains in Alert Level 3.

Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV will take over TVNZ DUKE’s daytime schedule 9am to 1pm on weekdays. Programming for younger children includes the popular Karen’s House at 9am, followed by programmes for children aged 5 to 7, including junior movement with the Dingle Foundation and junior science and maths with Suzy Cato.

DUKE is available on Freeview channel 13, Sky and Vodafone TV channel 23.
It can be live streamed on the TVNZ website, www.tvnz.co.nz. Content will be available for catch up viewing on TVNZ OnDemand.

All earlier episodes of Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV remain available through TVNZ OnDemand.
updated. The Learning from Home website has been updated and is still available.
Health requirements at school
At Alert level 3 there is a high risk the disease is not contained. Schools with children between years 1 to 10 can safely open but will have limited capacity. Children should learn at home if possible.

‘School bubbles’ will be formed to support physical distancing. Groups of 20 or fewer students are allowed in class and bubbles must be kept the same for the duration of Alert Level 3. Staff are in addition to each bubble.


Requirements at Alert Level 3

Children at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home wherever possible.
Distance learning will continue to be available to those who are able to remain at home.

Staff who are have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should stay at home. If they want to come to school you may agree to the request only if it can be assured that it is safe for them to do so.
Staff to work with their GP or specialist if they need help understanding their own level of risk and how best to stay healthy.

Hand sanitiser at entry to classrooms and in shared spaces where available.  Soap, water and the ability to dry hands must be provided in bathrooms. If hand sanitiser is in short supply, washing and drying hands with soap is still the most effective hygiene measure.

Physical distancing

· Everyone must maintain a 2 metre physical distance outside and 1 metre inside

· Visitors, including parents and caregivers, should maintain a 2m distance from those who are not part of either their household or workplace/school bubble.

· ‘School bubbles’ of no more than 20 children formed.

· To reduce congestion, consider introducing staggered entry times into classes

· Breaks, starts and finishes should be staggered and children stay in their bubbles, to minimise congregation of students in shared spaces.

· NB school bubbles can move classrooms but only if high-touch surfaces are cleaned in between bubbles and no bubbles mix that aren’t already sharing a space. Recommended to keep any movement to a minimum. 

Disinfect and clean all surfaces daily.

Schools and early learning services, like workplaces, are not considered gatherings – however for visitors including parents and caregivers, they must keep a 2 metre distance from others outside their household bubble and where possible should not come on the school site.

Physical education classes and break time activities cannot include sports with <2m physical distance or where the same equipment is touched by different students (balls, ropes, sticks, etc).
Playgrounds closed.

Contact tracing remains a priority through your visitor register, timetable and attendance register. You are required to display QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App.
To support contact tracing, record all visitors who are on-site for a period of time, including parents and caregivers, in your visitor register (as is usual practice but also to assist if contact tracing is necessary).
For drop offs and pick ups, if the parent or caregiver uses the app you don’t need to capture them in your visitor register.
For parents and caregivers who cannot use the App, you may wish to continue to record their details in a simple register when they do pick-ups and drop-offs.

No non-essential visitors.
There should be no volunteers for classroom activities.
Consider how you might monitor those entrances to minimise non-essential visitors from coming on site. If staffing on site is limited, one entry point may be the most practical way to manage visitors, coupled with staggered starts.
You should already have contact details for all your students, parents, caregivers and staff so shouldn’t need to record this (perhaps remind families, whānau and staff to update you if their address or phone number has changed, or changes). 
Please keep your visitor register for at least 2 months.

Where possible, it is recommended that teachers stay with the same school bubble of students.
In practice there may be a need to have a designated relief or back-up teacher identified for each school bubble

If you prepare food on site you must check the MPI guidance on re-opening food businesses and ensure your school and any suppliers meet all health and safety requirements before you recommence the supply of food to your students.

Libraries can be operated as the virus does not survive for long on paper and cardboard (less than 24 hours), so books and other paper and cardboard can be put aside overnight and used the next day by other students. Books with plastic sleeves should be wiped down with a disinfectant wipe before re-issuing the next day.

No external students and external staff onsite.

Avoid using shared supplies
If shared supplies are necessary within a bubble, consider using designated bins for clean and used supplies. Shared supplies are considered high-touch and should be cleaned frequently

Do not share instruments between students or school bubbles. For example musical instruments unless they are student-owned and only handled by that student, should not be used.
Playing wind instruments (eg recorders) is not recommended in Level 3 (except at home in their home bubble)

Drinking fountains should not be used at Alert Level 3. Water bottles should be used and appropriate health and safety considerations followed.


Letter template for parents

Kia ora koutou
You will now be adjusting to a further period of Alert Level 3 and working through the impacts this will have for your family and whānau. It is pleasing to see how New Zealanders are responding to this latest outbreak by getting tested if unwell, and staying home.
While most of us are familiar with requirements at Alert Level 3, we will continue to emphasise the importance of:

  • Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Staying away if sick
  • Keeping an appropriate physical distance from others
  • Cleaning and disinfecting our high touch surfaces daily
  • Staying in our bubbles whether at home or in school
  • Displaying QR code posters at our entrances and encouraging all of our community to download the NZ COVID Tracer App and use it if they come on-site
  • Keeping a visitor register for anyone who cannot use the app and for other essential visitors

We know all these things will help to keep our community as safe as possible. Because of these measures being in place, your child does not need to wear a face covering while at school.
Please keep an eye out for emails from your child’s teacher. These will give you the plans and links for your child’s learning. You can also access our home learning page on our school website for links and ideas. https://www.dairyflat.school.nz/learning-at-home/
Please keep connected with us, as you have been doing. We look forward to seeing everyone in person very soon.
Ngā mihi