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Update 28th January

St Albans School at Red
A warm welcome back to the 2022 school year.

From Sunday 23 January at 11.59pm the Government moved the country to ‘Red’ on the Traffic Light framework.  Once school begins, the following guidelines will be in place. We hope like you, that this will be a short term interim plan until such time as the government indicates change. We will endeavour to keep our community well informed of changes as needed.

The message from the Government: ‘We are trying to slow down the rise in Omicron infections. We can all help by people getting their booster and encouraging parents and whānau of children between the ages of five to 11 years to get their first vaccination.’  For students with complex medical needs, advice should be sought from a health professional about whether it is appropriate to come to school. In such cases, St Albans will work with parents/caregivers and the student to develop a plan to support attendance on site.

Face Coverings
Face coverings are mandatory for all staff and visitors in an indoor setting on school grounds.  If you must enter our school site please wear a mask.  Face coverings are required of all students from Year 4 upwards when indoors.  Due to our Year 3 and 4 composite classes we will support those Year 3 students who choose to wear a mask.  We ask that students, staff and visitors supply their own face coverings. It is recommended that students bring 2 masks to school. Please keep your child’s masks in a small ziplock bag with their name on it.  It is recommended that children wear children’s size masks to ensure a good fit.

Track and trace
All visitors to School are required to scan the QR code or complete a physical record at Reception.

Access to school
As a large school it is not feasible for us to ask parents not to enter the site, however we are asking that we minimise parents on site.  Where possible, please drop and collect your child from a designated gate.   Please ensure you use the ‘drop and go’ zone on Sheppard Place for a ‘drop and go’ so that we keep the traffic flowing for quick pick ups. When we all do this, the traffic flows well.   At the end of each day, for our Year 0 and 1 children, the teachers will bring the children to the gate next to the 2 storey building which enters through the staff car park. (those of you who were with us in 2021 will be familiar with this process). Once a caregiver is identified your child will be released to your care.  Preferably, only one family member should approach the school gates to drop off or collect their child.

Please do not congregate at the Sheppard Place entrance. We recommend the grass area outside English Park as a good waiting zone where people can remain socially distanced.  Non-essential visitors are not permitted on site during school hours.  Families are required to drop their child at the School gate and should not come inside unless absolutely necessary (for example to settle their child if they are distressed). The duration of their stay should be limited to that which is necessary. They will not be able to enter the learning space. Your child’s teacher will exit the building to support your child’s transition.

There will be no parents in learning spaces. If you need to speak with a teacher please email them and they can arrange either a zoom meeting or a phone call.  Alternatively, parents are able to meet in the admin area with teachers by booking a time directly with their child’s teacher.

Vaccination Status

  • Staff and volunteers: Only fully vaccinated staff, support people and volunteers can have contact with children and students, and are required to update St Albans with their vaccination status, with information recorded on an on-site register. This also applies to Itinerant music teachers, learning support specialists and relief teachers.
  • Students: There is no segregation during a regular school day of vaccinated and unvaccinated students. The Ministry of Education does not allow students to be denied access to education based on their vaccination status.
  • Parents and caregivers: No non-essential visitors are permitted on school grounds at Red. In the limited circumstances in which they are permitted on site under the Red traffic light, parents and caregivers are not required to present their vaccine passport on arrival at School, where they are supporting their child’s learning, for example parent teacher interviews.
  • Other visitors: All other visitors to School by prior arrangement, and who will come into contact with students, must present their vaccine passport at Reception on arrival.

 Onset of Symptoms
It is critical that any student or staff member remains at home if they are feeling unwell and exhibiting any symptoms associated with Covid-19.  Staff will be monitoring for symptoms amongst students on their arrival to school.  Any of our students exhibiting cold and flu-like symptoms will be catered for safely in the Health Room until a parent or caregiver can collect them.  Parents or caregivers with students who have symptoms consistent with Covid-19 are required to contact Healthline on 0800 611 116 or their GP for further advice. Should a student or staff member test positive for Covid-19, contact tracing registers will be in place to identify contacts.

What will happen if a case is confirmed at St Albans?
Based on information available as of 24 January 2022:  Even though we are a highly vaccinated region, and public health measures mean that the risk of transmission is reduced, Covid-19 can still spread in our communities.  The Government intends for schools to remain open when a case has been identified as infectious while in attendance. The focus will be on case and contact management, refined to reflect the infection risk. The management of contacts will take into account their vaccination status, but this will not be publicly communicated.  When someone is a Covid-19 positive case, their infectious period is assumed to be from 48 hours before the onset of symptoms until medical clearance (at least 10 days quarantine for fully vaccinated). If a case is asymptomatic, they will generally be assumed infectious from 48 hours before the initial test.  People who have come into contact with a case are considered ‘contacts’. Depending on the type of interaction these people may have had with the Covid-19 case, contacts are categorised based on their level and duration of exposure Close and Casual.

Managing cases in our school
We have a good contact tracing system in place so that if there is a confirmed case who has been at school while infectious, we can quickly identify who was a close contact of that person.  We will then quickly advise those contacts of what they need to do.  Only if the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Education advises to do so, would we consider closing school and moving to distance learning for everyone. At Red we will keep everyone learning onsite for as long as we can.  Please make sure your contact details we have on file are up to date, so we can get in touch with you if needed.

Devices
From Years 3-6 we encourage BYOD (bring your own device). Should your child need to remain at home for a period of time due to Covid, please note our devices will need to remain at school. Only in the event of the whole school needing to close will there be an opportunity to distribute devices.

Further information
There will be no assemblies or full school gatherings until further notice.  The Cafe remains closed and Sushi Monday, Subway Wednesday and the Friday sausage sizzle will not be offered at the Red setting.

Home Learning
Should the situation require home learning for some or all of our tamariki, we will be using Seesaw across the hubs.  Other useful resources may be found here: https://sites.google.com/stalbans.school.nz/school-from-home/home 

 

 

 

 

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