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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 https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/

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

Panui from the LSM - May 2020

Kia ora Koutou,

We hope that you are all safe in your bubbles and are keeping well.

We are almost at the end of week four, Term 2, and it has been a very different looking school for our staff and our students. The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank our Principal, Matua Jody, and all our staff for their communication and planning that they have done to be ready for Alert Level 3. The Government will make an informed decision on 11th of May as to whether to stay in Level 3 or move to Level 2, which is all about being safe and sensible. The Board thank the Te Karaka Area School staff in advance.

The school appreciate and thank our families for your co-operation throughout Covid-19 Alert Levels and ask that you continue to reinforce with your children the need to follow all guidelines to help us to eliminate Covid-19. This includes washing their hands for at least 20 seconds and often; sneezing or coughing into the elbow and maintaining social distancing from others. 

Dear Students, Staff, Parents, Whanau and wider Te Karaka Area School community,

As you are aware our current Acting-Principal, Matua Jody Walters is moving on to his new venture from Friday May 15th.
I would like to thank Jody for his time and great work at the school and we wish him all the best for the future.

I am very pleased to introduce our incoming Acting-Principal – Renae Savage. 

Renae will be with us from May 18 – to July 3 to see out the remainder of Term 2.
More recently Renae has been the Deputy-Principal at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Tapuwae in South Auckland for the last 10-years.
 
Renae also spent most of 2018 as the Acting-Principal at Tapuwae whilst the Principal was on extended Leave.
 
Renae is a proficient speaker of Te Reo Maori and Te Reo Pakeha with a strong interest and expertise in kapa haka.
 
Renae is an experienced and well-regarded teacher and pedagogical leader with strengths in differentiated learning and curriculum development.
 
Renae and her family are now living back in Gisborne, having returned home from living and working in Auckland.
 
We offer a very warm welcome to Renae and her whanau and we look forward to her contribution to our school improvement journey.
 
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic Level 4/3 restrictions, the permanent principal recruitment process has had to be put on hold until Level 2 commences.
 
The Board intends to conduct an online survey shortly, that will enable whanau and other community members to have input into the ongoing process.
 
Kind regards and nga mihi,
 
Kevin Palmer
Limited Statutory Manager

Te Karaka Area School

Panui from the Board - May 2020

Kia ora Koutou,

We hope that you are all safe in your bubbles and are keeping well.

We are almost at the end of week four, Term 2, and it has been a very different looking school for our staff and our students. The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank our Principal, Matua Jody, and all our staff for their communication and planning that they have done to be ready for Alert Level 3. The Government will make an informed decision on 11th of May as to whether to stay in Level 3 or move to Level 2, which is all about being safe and sensible. The Board thank the Te Karaka Area School staff in advance.

The school appreciate and thank our families for your co-operation throughout Covid-19 Alert Levels and ask that you continue to reinforce with your children the need to follow all guidelines to help us to eliminate Covid-19. This includes washing their hands for at least 20 seconds and often; sneezing or coughing into the elbow and maintaining social distancing from others. 

As you may be aware, Te Karaka Area School said farewell to LSM Keriana Tawhiwhirangi before the Government announced Covid-19 Alert Level 4 – lockdown. As a Board, we thank her for the fantastic work she has done to support change in the twelve months she spent working alongside both the outgoing and incoming 2019 Board of Trustees. We know that our community, school, and staff will join the Board in wishing Keriana and her family all the best for the future. Taking the timing of Keriana’s departure and the news of Jody’s exit into consideration, the Board intends to send an invitation to them both to return and attend a real Te Karaka farewell from their positions when it is safe to do so.

At this point, we are pleased to welcome and introduce the school’s new LSM Kevin Palmer, who made his transition amidst the pandemic crisis. Kevin is from Palmerston North, Manawatu. Kevin is a Primary trained teacher with extensive experience in Primary, Intermediate, Area, and Secondary schools as a teacher, manager, leader, consultant, principal appraiser, and appointments facilitator and as a statutory manager. Kevin has also worked for the NZ Police. Please note that following on from this introduction we will be posting on all the schools’ communication sites a Panui from Kevin regarding the Acting Principal. 

In the meantime, we hope you have a restful weekend.

Stay safe, stay well and be kind. 

Panui from the Board - May 2020

Kia ora Koutou,

We hope that you are all safe in your bubbles and are keeping well.

We are almost at the end of week four, Term 2, and it has been a very different looking school for our staff and our students. The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank our Principal, Matua Jody, and all our staff for their communication and planning that they have done to be ready for Alert Level 3. The Government will make an informed decision on 11 May as to whether to stay in Level 3 or move to Level 2, which is all about being safe and sensible. The Board thank the Te Karaka Area School staff in advance.

The school appreciate and thank our families for your co-operation throughout Covid-19 Alert Levels and ask that you continue to reinforce with your children the need to follow all guidelines to help us to eliminate Covid-19. This includes washing their hands for at least 20 seconds and often; sneezing or coughing into the elbow and maintaining social distancing from others. 

As you may be aware, Te Karaka Area School said farewell to LSM Keriana Tawhiwhirangi before the Government announced Covid-19 Alert Level 4 – lockdown. As a Board, we thank her for the fantastic work she has done to support change in the twelve months she spent working alongside both the outgoing and incoming 2019 Board of Trustees. We know that our community, school, and staff will join the Board in wishing Keriana and her family all the best for the future. Taking the timing of Keriana’s departure and the news of Jody’s exit into consideration, the Board intends to send an invitation to them both to return and attend a real Te Karaka farewell from their positions when it is safe to do so.

At this point, we are pleased to welcome and introduce the school’s new LSM Kevin Palmer, who made his transition amidst the pandemic crisis. Kevin is from Palmerston North, Manawatu. Kevin is a Primary trained teacher with extensive experience in Primary, Intermediate, Area, and Secondary schools as a teacher, manager, leader, consultant, principal appraiser, and appointments facilitator and as a statutory manager. Kevin has also worked for the NZ Police. Please note that following on from this introduction we will be posting on all the schools’ communication sites a Panui from Kevin regarding the Acting Principal. 

In the meantime, we hope you have a restful weekend.

Stay safe, stay well and be kind. 

Letter about COVID-19 Alert L3

Thursday April 23rd, 2020

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

I would like to acknowledge your efforts and support and the efforts of our teaching and support staff and the staff of the Ministry of Education (MoE), in supporting our students and their learning at home over these unprecedented, difficult and challenging times during the Covid-19 lockdown period.

As you are likely aware, the government has announced that New Zealand currently remains at Covid-19 Alert Level 4 but will move to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm on Monday April 27th, 2020.

This pending change will have implications for both early childhood centres and schools once Level 3 begins. 

At Level 3 this means that all children and young people who can stay at home, should stay at home and continue to access their distance learning at home. 

Also at Level 3, all Year 11 – 13 students, stay at home and continue with their distance learning at home. 

If your child has a health condition that means that they are at a greater risk of a severe illness or they are sick you must keep them at home. Also if you have other vulnerable people in your bubble then you must keep your child at home. 

Please be assured that the school will continue to support your child’s distance or online learning at home.

Only students who are in Years 1 – 10 and who can’t be supervised at home, can return to school and only from Wednesday April 29th, 2020. 

These restrictions mean that most school children will remain at home during Level 3.

In order to ensure the safety of those children and staff who do come to school, the school will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures. This will require the complete co-operation of every student.

The government has indicated that these Level 3 restrictions for schools will be in place for a further two weeks from Wednesday April 29th, 2020, after which time they will be reviewed.

The school appreciates your co-operation in this matter and we urge you to reinforce with your children the need to follow all guidelines to help us to eliminate Covid-19. This includes washing their hands for at least 20 seconds and often; sneezing or coughing into the elbow; and maintaining social distancing from others.

The school will be in contact with you via email, text or phone or facebook in the next few days to help with the planning needs of the school to prepare for the Covid-19 Level 3 restrictions that will be effective for schools from Wednesday April 29th, 2020. We also have a live Google form (Survey – button above) that can be accessed from the schools website and Facebook page.

Stay home, stay safe, be kind and kind regards.

Nga mihi,

Kevin Palmer                       Jody Walters                       Trish Fleming
LSM/Commissioner          Acting-Principal                  Board Chairperson



Important Message from the Principal

Kia ora everyone,

I hope that you are safe in your bubbles and keeping well at this time. 
 
Please note that tomorrow afternoon we will post up on Facebook and the school website a letter to all families outlining in full the expectations around next week’s school operations.
For clarity, teachers will be making contact with you in the next couple of days. That could be a phone call, email or messenger (whatever works) to help gather the information we need to prepare for next week.
Also we will provide a live link to a Google form (survey) that is designed to support us all in the move from Alert Level 4 to Level 3. Your responses to the questions in this short survey will form the basis of a registration process for students who may, or may not be returning to school. You will be able to follow the link and provide the response, or your child’s teacher can enter your responses for you.
 
In the first instance:
  • The registration process we are using is critical to maintain the health and wellbeing of everyone in terms of school operations under Alert Level 3. It can not be bypassed. This means that only students who have been through this process and meet the guidelines may attend school. The process follows closely the Ministries of Health and Education principles and guidelines.
  • We will be kind and compassionate to the individual needs of our families and do our very best.
Kia haumaru te noho.
 
Nāku iti nei, na
Jody Walters