Moving into COVID Level 2 today

Wednesday 12 August, 2020 Kia ora As you will no doubt know our part of New Zealand has moved back into Alert Level Two from midday today for three days. Please take a few minutes to read the messages in this newsletter. Ministry of Education The message below is excerpts from an email I received from the Ministry at 7.30am this morning. ' Public health advice is that schools, early learning services and tertiary institutions are safe to open onsite at Alert Level 2 to all learners. People do not need to return to bubbles at Alert Level 2 and can meet with friends and family. But people need to play it safe and continue to take sensible health and safety precautions. At Level 2, almost all children and young people can continue to attend early learning services, schools and kura onsite. The only exceptions are children or young people who are sick and have any COVID-19 symptoms, are in isolation, or are awaiting the result of a test, or who have learning support needs where they are required to remain at home. Playground, sports equipment use and sports, including contact sports, remain available at Alert Level 2. Two key public health principles support our education approach to Alert Level 2. These are to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact, if someone in an education institution is infected. So good hygiene is key.' Linton Camp School at Alert Level Two 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; 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. 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 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 and for adults, it is recommended that where practicable you 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. While we will be encouraging students and staff to keep safe distance from one another we know that this will be somewhat difficult to enforce. Drop Off & Pick Up There will be no restrictions on parents and caregivers entering school grounds for pick up and drop off, except that at all times people should maintain physical distance between 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 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! However, it will be 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. Education We expect that our learning programmes will continue pretty much the same - at least for the remainder of this week. Summary 1. School is open and safe. All students should attend. 2. If students are unwell they MUST stay home. 3. Regular hand washing and distancing will be taught, retaught and regularly reinforced Geoff Franks Principal

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