Covid 19 – Coronavirus
Dear parents, caregivers and whanau
Because of our amazing effort and working together, today the Prime Minister announced that as of Tuesday 9th we will be at Level 1.
What does this mean for Kokopu School
- It is safe for all students to be at school.
- As normal, if your child is sick they still need to stay home.
- Parents will be allowed back on site as normal. You are welcome back into the school grounds, office and classrooms.
- We have received some positive feedback from parents about how easy it is to pick up students when they are waiting at the front gate area. Because of this, we will continue to send children to wait around the gate or playground for easy pickup.
- Parents still need to walk their children across the car park.
- Assemblies return to normal. Tuesday 9am and Friday 2:30pm.
- We will continue to encourage children to have good personal hygiene.
- Larger school event can go ahead as per normal. E.g. cross country and production.
- We will display QR Code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App for your personal use.
Well done everyone. We look forward to seeing you around the school.
Alert Level 2 Return to School
Dear parents, whanau and caregivers.
With the announcement from the Prime Minister that we are now entering Level 2, the school will be open to all students from Monday the 18th of May.
It will be great having everyone back and our teachers are busy preparing for the restart. Even though school will be fully open there are some Health and Safety requirements we still need to adhere to. You can read our in-depth Health and Safety plan when we send it out later this week.
In the meantime, below are a couple of areas to get you started.
● Sick children must stay at home.
● Under Alert, Level2 parents and caregivers will not be able to come on-site. This is due to the complexities of contact tracing that we have to undertake.
● Parents are asked to “drop off and pick up” at the parent’s car park gate as close to 9amas possible but no earlier than 8:30am. ● Pick up will be from the gate too, before 3:15pm. Children will be waiting on the courts.
● The only exception to this is for new students in Room 1. Parents will need to sign in at the class door closest to the Kokopu Rd. No parents should be in cloak bays.
● The school bus will run as normal. It will be thoroughly cleaned every day.
● If you need to talk to a staff member please do so by phone or email.
● A normal class program will be provided. At home learning will stop.
● Children are free to interact with any other student. The guideline is to stay out of another person’s breathing space as much as possible.
● Physical education classes and break time activities can include access to sports equipment including playgrounds but hygiene practice should be observed.
● Drinking fountains will remain turned off. Students will need a named drink bottle at school.
● Every class will have a good supply of hand sanitiser and handwashing is a must.
● Where possible students should bring their own stationery.
● Students wellbeing and getting back to a normal routine will be our number one priority. If your child is not going to attend school please make sure you fill out the following online form.
Thank you everyone for the amazing effort in keeping our kids safe during the lockdown.
We look forward to seeing your children and hearing about their amazing lockdown adventures on Monday.
Dear parents and whanau
As you would have heard, the Prime minister has announced that New Zealand will be entering Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 28th of April.
From the Wednesday 29th of April, 9am – 3pm, Kokopu school will be open for those who are essential workers or have to return to work. It is important in Level 3 that parents and caregivers keep their children at home and maintain distance learning where possible.
In order for us to plan for Level 3 please fill out the online form using the link below.
If you need to send your child to school, the following Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education health measures will be put in place to maintain a safe school environment.
- Parents are asked to keep any sick children at home. If a sick child comes to school, they will be sent home.
- To minimise gatherings of family bubbles, parents are asked to drop off and pick up their child at the gate and not come into the school.
- Parents are to maintain safe social distancing with other children and parents when dropping off their child at the gate.
- Initially the number of children in a school bubble/class will be limited to 10. This will mean your child will not be in their normal classroom or have their normal teacher.
- To support contact tracing students should sit in the same place each day, with 1m physical distance between all children and staff.
- Students will undertake similar work to those who are still doing learning at home.
- Bubbles/Classes cannot mix.
- Breaks time will be staggered so no bubble mixing occurs. Students will maintain 2m physical distance outside and 1m inside during breaks.
- 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)
- To minimise bubble mixing there will be no after school care provided.
- If you need to speak to a staff member this is best done via email or phone the office. Please do not come to the classroom.
- On top of this the school will also make sure that all staff and students maintain good personal hygiene and etiquette.
- At this stage there will be no school bus service.
The school will be thoroughly cleaned before your child returns and we will maintain this on a daily basis.
As our systems and Alert levels 3 requirements are clarified and adjusted we will inform you as soon as we can.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.
Kia ora koutou
We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme has been a success for you so far. We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with but we have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you for all your support.
Yesterday the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 28 April. That means we will be open to receive students from Wednesday 29 April. We will start to prepare our site from today.
The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home. If your child is sick please also ensure you keep them at home.
In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures.
I want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home.
We will contact you tomorrow to find out whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person.
The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with health to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. As you will be doing, we want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible.
For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance while we progress our planning for what Alert Level 3 will mean for you and for our school. We will be in touch again soon with more information. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with your teachers with any questions you.
Term Date Reminder.
Dear parents and whanau
I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter weekend together and enjoying a few treats.
This is just a quick update and reminder about school starting dates.
On Tuesday 14th of April school holidays finish. On Wednesday 15th of April school, learning at home, starts again. You are encouraged to utilise the material that was sent home or emailed to you before we went into lockdown. These can be found on our school website if you have misplaced them. www.kokopu.school.nz/parentinfo/covid-19-coronavirus/
Where needed, teachers will update their learning at home activities via email and on our website.
As announced by the Prime Minister in the last few days, the government will be revising our Alert Level on Monday the 20th of April. This will clarify what will happen here at school and if we reopen for face to face teaching again. Once this is announced we will send out how this affects us at Kokopu School.
At this stage, teachers are planning on a longer stay at alert level 3 or 4. Which mean learning at home will continue. They will be updating and adding to your learning activities if this is the case.
During this unprecedented time, our priority is student well-being and how we can assist in maintaining active and engaged children. We want to provide home activities that are not overly complicated or that put undue pressure on families to be “the teacher.” There will continue to be some basic reading, writing and maths work and also some fun family-based activities ideas to help keep your child motivated and busy. This does look different across the year groups.
If you have questions about the activities, please feel free to email your child’s teacher.
For those who put their child’s name down for government assistance with internet and devises we are still waiting to see who will get these. It sounds like senior secondary NCEA will be the first priority. We will keep you posted. It was good to see our largest broadband companies lift their data-capped broadband plans to be unlimited recently. If this has not happened for you it is worth giving your broadband provider a phone call.
Please feel free to stay in touch and contact us if you have any questions or need some help.
Learning at home support
At Home Learning Support
Dear parents and whanau of Kokopu School
With the current uncertainty of when school will reopen, the Ministry of Education has asked us to look into longer-term options for learning at home and how they can best support schools and their families. You may have received a TxT message from us today.
Part of this is if families have the right devices and internet to do online learning from home.
If you don’t have a device (computer, laptop, tablet) or suitable internet at home can you please fill out our form via the link below.
We need this information by Sunday 5th April.
Principal, Kokopu School