20 Apr Lockdown Update – Level 3 Information for Parents & Caregivers
Hopefully everyone is maintaining their bubbles and has found ways to make the most of this unique situation. From the information in the media, it could be a long time before we get back to our old routines, so we all need to keep focussed and not undo the good work that has been done to date.
The Government has announced that we are moving to Alert Level 3 from 11.59pm on Monday 27 April. We are still getting information about what that might look like for the country as a whole, but we wanted to let parents know what the school will be doing under Level 3.
As we are a very large campus, it will take a lot of preparation to get our facilities ready for students following the past four weeks. At this stage, we cannot confirm exactly what date will be able to have students on site for supervision. However, we will advise all parents and caregivers later this week on when this will be. In the meantime, we would like to share with you what we think working in Level 3 will look like at Pakuranga College.
A critical aspect of this is that if you require the school to supervise your child, you will need to tell us in advance. Please read the information below and if you think you will be sending your child to school for supervision, CLICK ON THIS LINK TO REGISTER THEM.
What Does School Look Like in Level 3?
- The only students who will be attending are Year 9 and 10 students whose parents require someone to supervise their children.
- Parents will need to inform the school in advance if their child is coming to school, so that the school can plan adequately, have robust contact registers and notify parents of non-attendance.
- Parents are asked to keep any sick children at home. If a sick child comes to school, they will be sent home.
- All teaching will be done online.
- Students who are at school for supervision will continue with their online learning. There will be no teaching happening at school, only supervision.
- The school canteen will not be open. Students will not be able to buy anything at school. Students must bring their own lunch and, preferably, a water bottle.
- Students will need to be kept in small ‘bubbles’. These will be House based. Initially, these small groups will be only 10 students, however, once systems and processes are working, we will increase them to 20 students.
- Students will stay in their allocated group all day in the classroom and during any breaks. There will be no contact across groups. Students will stay in the same classroom.
- The number of students at the school will dictate how many ‘bubbles’ will be required for each House.
- Each House will use a different part of the school and students will not be permitted to leave that area.
- During breaks, students must stay 2m from other students and cannot leave their allocated area. There will be no ball games or any activities that could allow transfer of the virus.
- There will be a team of staff allocated to each group. Only those teachers will be involved in supervising the students in that group/bubble.
- Social distancing will be maintained – indoors 1m distance, outdoors 2m
- Each house will be allocated an entry point to the school to minimise the number of students entering at the same place.
- The structure of the day will be three sessions with two 30 minute breaks:
Session 1 8.45am – 10.45am
Break 10.45am – 11.15am
Session 2 11.15am – 1.00pm
Break 1.00pm – 1.30pm
Session 3 1.30pm – 3.00pm
In the new environment of on-line learning, we are learning as we go. One of our key challenges is to ensure that students are actually engaging with their teachers and their learning. We are monitoring this, and if your child is not connecting with their teacher and their learning, then we will be in contact to see how we can assist. If it is just one subject, then the subject teacher will be in touch. If the lack of engagement is broader, the tutor, Dean or Deputy Principal will contact you. Our priority is to help, and we realise there are lots of pressures on families right now.
The natural temptation for students is to spend more time on their favourite subjects. Parents and caregivers can help by talking with their children about a balanced approach – having a routine which allocates some time to all subjects is important.
If you have any concerns please contact your child’s Dean, and don’t forget that the Guidance Department is also there to help.
Unfortunately, Term 1 progress reports were delayed in being sent out to parents and students due to the lockdown. These will be published to our Parent Portal on Friday this week and you will receive an email when they are live.
Please note, some of the Junior reports may have blanks for the ‘Learning Habit Student Reflections’ section. This is due to the abrupt end to Term 1, which meant that some teachers were unable to capture this data. If there are any blanks, this is a good opportunity to go through the report with your child and encourage them to reflect on how they felt they were progressing in each Learning Habit. Do they know what they need to do to improve?
It has been a tough few weeks for everyone, but if we work together as a community, hopefully we can get back to normal soon.
by Michael Williams, Pakuranga College Principal