Information & Updates

We have added this section to our website to give our school community one specific place where they can access up-to-date information about COVID-19 and our school/students.

This section contains newsletters, publications, links and general information from us and relevant agencies/bodies that we feel may be helpful to you during this time.

Level 2 Health & Safety Management Plan


Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the questions asked by our school community during our recent Level 2 Whānau Survey (May 2020):

Question 1: Date of opening


● If we open, when will it be?
● Please just let us know if you will be open as I need to go back to work.

Response (14/05/2020):

● We will be open to students on Monday 18 May.

Question 2: Social Distancing


● What are the distancing rules? How will they be enforced?
● Will children be kept apart?
● Is social distancing going to be a thing?
● Keeping the distance with students.
● Parents would like more details around physical distancing measures that are being put in place at TEC and in taxis
● Will he be only interacting with the students in his class?
● Would like a picture of how safety procedures will work.

Response (14/05/2020):

● From the MoE Advice (p4): Physical Distancing – Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. In an Alert Level 2 school environment, this means children, young people, 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. There are situations where physical distancing is not possible , such as some sporting activities. In these situations, extra emphasis on handwashing and drying (or cleansing with hand sanitiser) before and after activities and regular cleaning of equipment is very important.

In an early learning environment, it is not really possible to have a physical distance between children and staff.
[This is similar for our setting. We have asked the advice to specifically state this]. Young children require a lot of physical support and it is not possible to explain or maintain a physical distance between young children given the age of the children and set up of centres. This means good hygiene practices (coughing into your elbow, regular handwashing, and drying) are even more important.

● From MoE Level 2 FAQ: A reminder that for schools, physical distancing at Alert Level 2 means: if you can smell the person’s breath or feel that you are in that “moist breath” zone, 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 addition,
o on Friday classes will be reviewing their timetables to consider alternatives to tasks that carry additional risk, e.g. prolonged close proximity.
o Staff and students will have access to PPE should some activities prove unavoidable.

Question 3: Taxis


● Will taxis be running when school goes back – his taxi driver is over 70 years old?
● Taxis and how will they work? Will he be able to be collected for school or will we only have a few taxi drivers driving?
● Will transport be up and running?
● Will the cross country rentals buses be running from the time that school opens?
● What is going to be happening around taxis?
● Worried about transport – what is happening?
● Wondering about whether taxis will be running.
● How will the taxi systems work? Will they still be working immediately? Will there still be so many children in one taxi?
● Drivers of the vans – are they going to work? Concerned about transport and how it will function with drivers over 70yrs.
● How will transport work – are taxis going and how will they manage social distancing, hygiene etc.
● Will taxis be running?
● Will the taxi service in Rangiora be running?
● If my child does not come to school, do I still need to call the taxi driver?

Response (14/05/2020):

From an MoE update re: School Transport, 12.5.20.

Physical distancing
Physical distancing around people you don’t know is still important, but physical distancing is not practicable on school transport. Ministry SESTA services are termed a “controlled environment” and in which contact tracing can readily occur if needed.Normal services are to resume with no physical distancing requirements.

Hand sanitiser
Every vehicle is to have hand sanitiser available for students and the driver to use.

Surface cleaning
Daily cleaning in accordance with Ministry of Transport guidelines is required, with all touchpoints cleaned after each journey (twice daily).

Older drivers
Older drivers and those deemed at higher risk of COVID-19 may return to work. To make drivers feel safer in their workplace, if the seating configuration of the vehicle has a student seated in the front seat, consideration should be given to that individual student’s behaviour and whether this poses a risk to the driver. Solutions may include moving that child further back in the vehicle, or the driver using PPE. Please use your discretion.

PPE will be funded for SESTA drivers on a case by case basis. If approved, please forward your invoice to us, and we will reimburse you in full for the cost of the product. While PPE is not necessary in most cases, there will be some cases where drivers want to use it and it is appropriate, due to student behaviour or medical conditions combined with close proximity. If drivers use PPE, they must be provided with information on the safe use and disposal of PPE.

School Transport FAQs linked here

In addition,
● We will give cross Country Rentals a list of students attending on Friday.
● If your child is not attending please contact the driver just in case.

Question 4: Students presenting with illness-like symptoms


● How do we collect children if he is ill at school i.e. he has hay fever and a runny nose, he is sent home because he has flu-like symptoms, but how is he to be collected as we do not have other transport options?
● Has hayfever/allergies which causes cough and runny nose if not caught quick enough, but this is not contagious or an illness.
● Children with Down syndrome often have runny noses that aren’t due to cold or flu – will this be recognised?
● If one of the students exhibits cold or flu symptoms will they be required to be tested? What will be the protocol for school in the case of a suspected or confirmed case?

Response (14/05/2020):

● Firstly, please keep your children home if they present with any symptoms of cold or flu. This could be for non-COVID reasons, e.g. allergies, but we are not health professionals and are unable to make these distinctions on site. In these times we have to take extra precautions to protect everyone’s wellness.
● If your child presents with symptoms at school our first step will be to contact the parent. We have further plans in place if this is not possible.
● Anyone presenting with cold or flu symptoms requires a COVID test. Evidence of a clear test may be required to return to school.

Question 5: PPE (personal protective equipment, e.g. gloves and facemasks)


● Will the students be wearing face masks?

Response (14/05/2020):

● Students and staff are welcome to wear their own PPE but the Ministry of Education says that this is not a requirement or recommended.

Question 6: Readjusting to School routine


● My concern is that she is going to struggle to adjust and go back to school. Having afternoon naps at the moment and she has regressed. It is going to be difficult to get her back but she needs the routine.
● He is fairly withdrawn at home and is not wanting to do any school work. We think the routine will be much needed and good for him.

Response (14/05/2020):

● It will take everyone time to adjust as we return to school. Regular wellbeing check-ins are a part of our planning for the return to school. Please contact your class teacher if you have any additional concerns.

Question 7: Safe Restraint Practices


● Will students still be restrained in cases of harm to others or themselves?

Response (14/05/2020):

● Yes, students will be restrained if there is an imminent risk of harm to others or themselves (as per usual protocols). Additional PPE may be required for staff in some cases. Class teams will discuss any additional risks.

Question 8: TEC specific


● Just knowing that TEC is used by others was my major concern.
● Parents would like more details around physical distancing measures that are being put in place at TEC and in taxis

Response (14/05/2020):

● See above under social distancing
● In addition to the steps above, there will be TEC specific planning in relation to:
      ○ IDEA services will not be operating at level 2 (i.e. no other groups on the site during school hours).
      ○ The PYD / LOOP staff will maintain 2m distance.
      ○ Following all Health and Safety measures put in place by LOOP / PYD.
      ○ All work placements will be Risk Management re-checked prior to the resumption from May 25.
      ○ Community outings will be restricted to St James Park until l further planning can be completed.

Question 9: Ashgrove specific


● Will Allenvale students be kept away from the mainstream Ashgrove children for safety?

Response (14/05/2020):

● See above re: Social distancing
● As much as possible, Allenvale students will be keeping apart from the Ashgrove mainstream students.
● We will be entering and exiting school by our separate entrance on McKenzie Place
● We will still be using the Ashgrove playground equipment and library, but not at the same time as any other students, and will wash hands before and after going to these places
● There will be no assemblies, huis, or shared Discovery time during Level 2.