Linton Camp School will open to all students next Monday 18 May.

May 13, 2020

 

Kia ora

 

On Monday the Prime Minister announced that New Zealand will move to Alert Level Two.                              

 

 

Linton Camp School will open to all students next Monday 18 May.

 

Please take a moment to read the following information about what will be happening at school during Alert Level Two.  The information has been provided to schools by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health.

 

The overriding principles for Alert Level 2 are:

  • to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place;

  • to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school or early learning centre is infected;

  • understand that Level 2 is not business as usual.

 

It is safe for all students and staff to return to school in Alert level 2. Schools are safe because hygiene habits will be strong and schools will put into place safe and sensible practice.

 

It is not business as usual.

 

There is no bubble concept at Level 2 so there are no restrictions on groups of children and students mixing with others on site.  Teachers/staff are not restricted to one group and can move freely between groups of students.

 

Stay Home if Unwell

Any student (or staff member) displaying the following symptoms should stay home and contact Healthline or a GP for advice:

  • a cold;

  • a head cold;

  • blocked ears, cough;

  • sneezing;

  • chills; 

  • a fever. 

 

If a student shows signs of being unwell while at school we will be contacting you and asking you to collect your child.  Please make sure that you are contactable.  Please have your phone on and please ensure that we have your up to date contact details.

 

Physical Distancing in Schools Further Explained

Physical distancing at Linton Camp School means students and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other.  In a school setting, it means if you can smell the person’s breath or feel that you are in that “moist breath” zone, then you should move a little further away. Avoid touching others. For adults, it is recommended that where practicable keep a metre distance between you.

 

In summary physical distancing means students and staff maintaining a physical distance so that: 

  • they are not breathing on or touching each other, 

  • coupled with good hygiene practices 

    • coughing into your elbow, 

    • handwashing and drying and 

  • regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. 

 

Drop Off & Pick Up

For the first two weeks of school at Alert Level Two parents will NOT be able to enter the school grounds or  classrooms at drop off and pick up.  An exception will be made for New Entrants and students new to Linton Camp School. This decision will be reviewed on June 02.

 

All visitors entering classrooms must be entered into the classroom contact register.

 

Parents waiting outside the school gate should also practice appropriate distancing.

 

All students must leave the school grounds at the end of the school day.

 

Parents wanting to contact teachers or the office should, in the first instance, phone or email.  If they come to the school office they must sign in and sanitize their hands.  Once the reason for their visit is determined an appropriate response will be implemented.

 

People waiting - should there be a queue - must observe appropriate distance from one another.

     

 

 

Infection Control

We are committed to doing our part to maintain infection control at Linton Camp School.

The key controls we will be promoting are:

  • ensuring people with COVID-19 symptoms or those who feel generally unwell stay away from school;

  • maintaining physical distancing (in schools this means children, young people, and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other);

  • enabling good hygiene practices; and

  • keeping track of people that enter your school.

 

Teachers will teach, reteach and regularly remind students about key health measures that they need to take.  I am sure they are the same as what you have been teaching and reinforcing at your home.

  • How to cough or sneeze;

  • Hand washing; and

  • Sanitizing.

 

Cleaning

Regular (daily) cleaning of surfaces will take place along with the usual cleaning schedule. This will include cleaning high touch surfaces (door handles, table tops in common spaces etc.) and bathrooms.

 

Teachers and students will be able to clean high touch surfaces as often as they believe necessary during the day.  All classes will have appropriate equipment to do so. 

 

However, it will not be possible to clean everything our students touch - although we will do our best! 

It is, however,  possible to clean the child (who touches things) as often as necessary, hence our strong message to students about regularly washing and drying their hands.

 

Drinking Water

All students should bring a clearly named drink bottle with only water in them.  Our drinking fountains will remain closed.

 

Education

I am sure you and your children are keen and eager to be learning with their classmates once again. I know our teachers are keen to be in the same space as their students.

 

Under Alert Level Two learning will be slightly different because of the distancing requirements.

 

Without doubt you have learnt a lot about your children and their learning while they have been learning at home with you. In the near future we will give you the opportunity to meet with their teacher, if you wish, to discuss their progress and achievement. 

 

In the meantime, if you have any questions or matters that you would like to discuss with your child’s teacher then please contact them by email or through Seesaw.

 

Loan Chromebooks

For any students who were loaned a device during the lockdown period, please return these on Monday morning to the school office. These devices are required for learning in the classrooms. Each device loaned came with a charger so please make sure these come back as well. We hope the devices were helpful. 

 

 

 

Summary

  1. School is open and safe.  All students should attend.

  2. If students are unwell they MUST stay home.

  3. For the first two weeks parents should stay out of the school grounds at drop off and pick up.  An exception is made for the parents of New Entrants and new students.

  4. Everyone entering school must sign in and out - for contact tracing reasons and they must stay distant from each other.

  5. Regular hand washing and distancing will be taught, retaught and regularly reinforced 

 

 

Geoff Franks

Principal

 

 

 

 

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