As we are now at Delta Level 2, schools are now open for instruction starting from Thursday 9 September 2021.
For more updates to information please like and follow the school Facebook page (North Street School Feilding NZ) and Skool Loop.
For information about what each Learning Team is doing for Distant Learning please refer to our Home Learning Page.
30/8/2021 UPDATED MESSAGE
Kia ora Whānau
The quick move to Level 4, has given the Government confidence that we are safe to move to Alert Level 3 on Wednesday.
At Alert Level 3, you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement including going to work and going to school. As the Prime Minister noted on Friday, schools are essentially closed at Alert Level 3 with the exception of those few children whose parents and carers must go to work at Alert Level 3, and there is no appropriate caregiver at home.
So we will be open on Wednesday, for a small number of children who need to attend. As you imagine it will not be school as we know it under Alert Level 2 or 1. All our usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 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 cover their coughs and sneezes, and keep everyone physically distanced from others as much as possible (1 metre inside and two metres outside). We will also keep school bubbles to no more than 10 students. These bubbles will not mix with other bubbles.
Our contact tracing systems will be in place, which includes our attendance register and visitor register, and we will be limiting staff onsite with the majority of our team working from home.
You can also assist everyone’s safety by keeping your child at home if they are feeling unwell and please do contact your GP or Healthline, to seek advice about getting tested.
We will continue to support all children who remain learning from home, through our distance and online learning programme.
While we know how difficult it is trying to work from home as well as support your child’s learning, please keep your child at home if there is an appropriate carer available. For those of you with no other option, we will look forward to seeing your child at school next week. Please email your child’s classroom teacher or myself - email@example.com
It was pleasing to hear that across New Zealand compliance is high. As you have been doing, please continue to follow all the alert level requirements at Level 4 and stay at home. It is the best tool we have to keep our community safe.
Kia ora koutou Katoa
I hope you are all keeping safe and well.
A quick reminder that North Street School is closed to the public due to Level 4 Lockdown, however, the Ministry of Education has allowed teaching staff a small window of opportunity to collate resources ready for whanau collection.
The parent collection point will be at the front gate with tables set up on the car park side of the large gate. The packs will be labelled so parents can collect their materials and depart as possible without the need to enter the school grounds. With the numbers of parents expected, no cars are to enter the staff car park and cones will be set up to assist with this. Parents are asked to scan in using the app or use the sign-in book with a sanitiser next to it. I would also ask that only one adult representative from each whanau come into the car park to collect their child's materials - no children, please. We are trying to keep the numbers down and be able to keep everyone to the 2 metre distance rule. Teachers will be wearing masks and it is advisable that the adults wear a mask or face covering as well.
Whaea Bridget and myself will be available to assist with the distribution but we will not be able to put together packs for parents who have not requested them. If you have not done so already, please make contact with your classroom teacher. The Ministry of Education has indicated that they will also be preparing teaching packs for students - however, this may not happen for some time. Teachers have been asked to bring the student packs to the tables just before their allocated collection time as there is a fifteen minute window at the end of each time slot.
Times are as follows and it is important to stick these as closely as possible.
11 - 11.45am Poutama - Rooms 3, 4 & 5
12 - 12.45pm Purapura Whetu - 20, 21 & 22
1 - 1.45pm Niho Taniwha & Te Ara Mangopare - Rooms 17 & 18 and Rooms 8 & 10
2 - 2.45pm Roimata Toroa - Rooms 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15
School will be closed at 3pm
This information has gone out on Skool Loop and FaceBook.
Ka kite ano
North Street School
Attached is an outline of points to consider as mentioned by the Ministry of Education.
Like me, you probably looked at the emerging cases from this outbreak and thought that some further time at Alert Level 4 was the best thing for our community.
That thinking was confirmed today when the Prime Minister advised that we will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11.59 pm on 24 August. We will learn more on Monday about what will happen next.
I wanted to reassure you that our school staff and board will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the coming days.
We will be meeting tomorrow as a Senior Management Team to formulate the process of how we will be disseminating materials or devices (where appropriate), and teacher contacts and availability. Skool Loop, the NSS Website and FaceBook Page are the main modes of communication we will be using, however, each team at North Street School also have an individual way to communicate with the community.
We also hope you are doing OK at the moment – but it is also OK if you aren’t.
As the Mental Health Foundation of NZ says, “it’s all right to feel a range of emotions right now. Going into a Level 4 lockdown is a big deal and it brings all sorts of different feelings to the surface, including frustration, worry and even gratitude. However you are feeling, know that you’re not alone – we’re all going through this together.”
If you need to talk, check-in with a friend or whānau member, or free call/text 1737 to chat with a trained counsellor. It's free and confidential. There are also a lot of other supports available to you, your whānau and your community if needed.
You will also understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring and promote health and physical wellbeing.
For our Pacific families, if you are not aware the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples in nine different languages.
A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown so seriously – we’ve seen before that staying at home will break the chain of transmission and save lives. Breaking the rules could risk someone close to you and if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lockdown period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands.
Please keep checking the locations of interest and get tested if you were at that location at the specified time, or if you have symptoms that could be COVID-19.
And just a quick point – please don’t use our playground during the lockdown. We have taken the added precaution of locking our school gates to dissuade people from coming onto our school grounds - playgrounds cannot be used at Alert Level 4.
As always, please let us know if there is anything you need to support you and your tamariki during this time.