Kia Ora, Welcome to Te Karaka Area School

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Panui for Level 2 Return to School May 18th, 2020.

Kia ora e te Whānau 

Welcome back to school after making it through COVID-19 at Level 4 and Level 3. 
We are now re-opening school at Level 2, and teachers acknowledge the concerns whanau have regarding the safety of their tamariki returning under these conditions.
Here’s what we have put in place under the guidance of the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Health.
  • ALL students, adults and visitors will enter the school from the main entrance. This includes students who walk/bike to school.
  • ALL adults and visitors entering school premises MUST sign the register at the office.
  • Sanitisers will be available at the office, and entrances to the classrooms.
  • The juniors and seniors will have separate morning tea and lunch times to help keep social distances.
  • The juniors and seniors will also use different toilet blocks.
  • Students will remain in class to have their morning tea and lunches. (To avoid sharing of kai).
  • Teachers will promote the health messages: Cough/sneeze into your elbow. Sanitise hands and keeping social distances.
  • Equipment will be cleaned and wiped down with disinfectant.
If you have any questions please contact the school.

Panui for Level 2 Return to School May 18th, 2020.

13th May 2020

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Kia ora koutou,

Our government has advised that under Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff, and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to support contact tracing.

The good news is that TKAS will be ready to welcome students and staff back to our school site this Monday the 18th May.
Please complete the confirmation survey linked above, so we can be prepared for students.

Our priorities are:

  • Minimise the risk of infection
  • Be able to identify and trace anyone who has been in contact with a person if someone in our school gets infected.

Our key actions are:

  • Any person who comes onto school grounds MUST sign the register at the office.
  • If students or staff are unwell they must stay home, until well again.
  • We will send anyone home who arrives at school if they are unwell.

Students will be asked to:

  • Sanitize on entry and exit of classrooms.
  • After using toilet facilities, thoroughly wash hands.
  • Provide own drink water bottles.
  • Eat own kai, no sharing.
  • Avoid getting in peers ‘moist breath’ zone.
  • Maintain personal space at all times  1-2 metres.
  • Remain at school, no leaving school, there will be no lunch/shop passes under Alert Level 2.

Around the school:

  • Rotational use of sports gear is permissible, with regular sanitation in place
  • Playgrounds, fields and courts are available for use

School transport:

  • GoBus will be operating the vans from Matawai and Whatatutu
  • We will be abiding by their policy regarding sanitation and seating arrangements. We must know who will be travelling with GoBus for contact tracing.
  • The town van will be operating only for students who live in town, we have limited seating so please request a.s.a.p. if you intend to use it.

For more information about public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit

If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact the school and we will work together.

Kindest regards,

Jody Walters
Acting Principal