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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Tuesday 25.03.20

 

Kia ora koutou

Well here we are! School is now closed until we are instructed that we are able to open again. This includes the grounds and playground. I cannot say enough about the work and time our staff and helpers have put in to prepare work for the tamariki as well as help prepare our school for shutting down. A huge thank you to our cleaners who have put in huge hours to make sure our school is clean and disinfected before we close the doors. We are blessed to have such an awesome team at Koraunui School.

Over the past few days you have heard from me a lot as we have tried to get information and messages out to you about COVID-19 and the impact of this for us as a school, as well as for you and your whanau. This will likely be my last message for a few of days, as it is now time for me to focus on my family as we prepare ourselves for the lockdown tonight, as are the staff of our school.

This is a moment in time, that for many of us across the country we have never experienced before, so how we act and react during this time is important as it will help shape how we manage ourselves and respond to those around us.

At midnight tonight our country will move into Alert Level 4 – Eliminate. It is important that we all play our part in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means the people in your immediate “bubble” are the only people that you should interact with.

What does it mean to be at Alert Level 4 – Eliminate?

Range of measures (can be applied locally or nationally)

  • People instructed to stay at home
  • Educational facilities closed
  • Businesses closed except for essential services (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics) and lifeline utilities
  • Rationing of supplies and requisitioning of facilities
  • Travel severely limited
  • Major reprioritization of healthcare services
  • Check all information on the official government site: https://covid19.govt.nz/
  • If you have any concerns about your health or that of those around you please your GP or the Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453.

Information about learning and support:

The majority of home learning packs have now been collected from school or delivered within Stokes Valley. These have been provided so there is something for the children to work on during their time away from school. Please remember the school holiday period has been moved forward and will now begin on Monday 30 March and run through until Monday 13 April. Following this time, it is expected that children will be learning from home until we receive information that this will end. Don’t rush them into their work, take some time to enjoy being together and do something fun now as this will help set the tone for the weeks ahead.

School Library

We are happy to open our school library for books to be returned and new books to be issued while the children are off school. This will be by appointment so we can maintain the distance and hygiene conditions. If you would like to access our library, please contact us in the office email address or complete the Parental Library Login Form.

Teachers will be in contact with their classes to check in and see how everyone is going. If you or your child need to contact your teacher, you can do this via email. Teachers email addresses are

Room 23 maria.joe@koraunui.school.nz Room 4 dale.ritossa@koraunui.school.nz
Room 5 beth.jones@koraunui.school.nz Room 8 sharron.handscomb@koraunui.school.nz
Room 11 kataraina.karehana@koraunui.school.nz Room 12 dianne.christenson@koraunui.school.nz
Room 13 tim.rhoades@koraunui.school.nz Room 14 craig.gilmour@koraunui.school.nz
Room 15 liz.raimona@koraunui.school.nz    
       


Students have a range of work sheets available in the pack or have the ability to learn on-line through StudyLadder. (We will provide more information about this soon). This website will provide you with some information about learning at home https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/

If you have any general inquiries or urgent questions or concerns, or need any assistance during the time the school is closed please email: office@koraunui.school.nz this email address will be checked by me, Gillian McPeake and the office staff regularly over the break and daily after the 14 April. We will do all we can to provide support and advice during this time.

We will be putting out regular updates about our school and plans for learning while the school is closed. This information will be on our Facebook page, emails and school website , please check these regularly for communication from the school.

Please check emails each day to be aware of any changes or important messages. A key message time would be 3pm each day for any updates.

Looking after each other:

This can be a time we you may feel stress, worry and anxiety about what is happening and the impact of this for you. It is important to remember to take some time for yourself, get in the garden, go for a walk, read a book or whatever it is that helps you centre yourself. Everyone needs to feel good within themselves before they can help those around them.

  • Take time for yourself
  • Spend time with the people in your bubble
  • Connect with those you can not physically be with in any way you can, especially those who are alone
  • Don’t rush and feel like you need to everything at once, slowing down is good for the soul
  • Most importantly, be kind to yourself and those around you

If everyone can do these things, we will all get through this in a positive way.

Remember to keep washing those hands and keep up social distance as much as possible.


Ngā mihi nui
Dave Lamont Principal Koraunui School

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Tuesday 24.03.20 koraunui logo full with padding

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Thank you to everyone who came into school today to collect their children’s home learning packs. I would like to thank Barbara Hay and the awesome team who helped put these packs together in such a quick time, and help distribute these, so we could provide work for the children so quickly when the decision was made to close schools.


Wednesday 25 March – tomorrow children of parents who work in essential businesses (these were listed on yesterday’s letter) are able to send their children to school so they can plan for the weeks ahead. School will finish at 2.00pm as normal for a Wednesday and will be closed until further notice. Children will need to be collected from school by 2.00pm. At this stage the nationwide Alert Level 4; Eliminate lock down will be for 4 weeks. We will provide updates about when we are likely to reopen as we receive this information.

What does it mean to be at Alert Level 4 – Eliminate?

Range of measures (can be applied locally or nationally)

  • People instructed to stay at home
  • Educational facilities closed
  • Businesses closed except for essential services (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics) and lifeline utilities
  • Rationing of supplies and requisitioning of facilities
  • Travel severely limited
  • Major reprioritization of healthcare services
  • Check all information on the official government site: https://covid19.govt.nz/
Self-isolation:

If you need to have your child/children cared for by someone else, you will need to identify that person or people as a part of your self-isolated group. This will need to be done by midnight Wednesday and the group must remain the same for the whole 4-week period. This means the caregivers group (e.g. their partner and children) your own group (your partner and children) all become one group. This group needs to be limited to minimize any risk of spread and should be no more than 20 people. Information about self-isolation can be found at https://covid19.govt.nz/how-were-uniting/self-isolation/

Who needs to self-isolate?
  • Anyone who has returned from overseas travel should be self-isolating.
  • If you arrived before official border restrictions were announced, seeing out the balance of your 14 days in self-isolation is the sensible, safest and best thing you can do for the community around you.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 like a cough, fever, shortness of breath, sneezing or a runny nose, call your GP (doctor).
  • If you do not have a GP call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453.
  • Register as self-isolating with Healthline Online at https://healthy.org.nz/register
Advice for self-isolation:
  • Stay at home, and take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, like you would with the flu.
  • Limit your contact with people other than the family, whānau or companions you travelled with.
  • Avoid face-to-face contact with others.
Information about learning and support:

All learning from home packs that have not been picked up today can be picked up between 8.00am – 2.00pm tomorrow. Those left at school will be delivered to families so the children have these to work on during the time away from school.

The packs include;

  • An explanation of the pack and what is require of the children, contact information.
  • Photocopied sheets, lined paper and a workbook.
  • Stickers to decorate the workbook with.
  • Library books selected by your child.
  • A slip of paper with details and login for StudyLadder (online learning site)

Parents may need to provide their children with a vivid marker pen, colouring pencils and a glue stick.

School Library

We are happy to open our school library for books to be returned and new books to be issued while the children are off school. This will be by appointment so we can maintain the distance and hygiene conditions. If you would like to access our library, please contact us in the office email address or complete the form at this link https://koraunui.school.nz/contact-us/parental-library-login-form/.

Teachers will be in contact with their classes to check in and see how everyone is going. If you or your child need to contact your teacher, you can do this via email. Teachers email addresses are

Room 23 maria.joe@koraunui.school.nz Room 4 dale.ritossa@koraunui.school.nz
Room 5 beth.jones@koraunui.school.nz Room 8 sharron.handscomb@koraunui.school.nz
Room 11 kataraina.karehana@koraunui.school.nz Room 12 dianne.christenson@koraunui.school.nz
Room 13 tim.rhoades@koraunui.school.nz Room 14 craig.gilmour@koraunui.school.nz
Room 15 liz.raimona@koraunui.school.nz    
       

Students and parents can email their teachers for help, to answer any questions or for any support they may require with their learning between 9.00am-12.00pm and 1.00pm-2.00pm. Teachers will endeavor to stay in regular contact with their students.

We would encourage you to set up a timetable that can be followed while the children are working at home. We will provide you with a suggested timetable to help with this.

Students have a range of work sheets available in the pack or have the ability to learn on-line through StudyLadder. (We will provide more information about this soon). This website will provide you with some information about learning at home https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/

KCC and Holiday Programme:

KCC and the planned holiday programme for the April break are both cancelled until school resumes or we receive instructions that we can safely provide these services again. If you are making automatic payments or regular payments, we ask that you put a hold on these until KCC resumes. You may need the money to support yourself and your family in the meantime.

School Accounts

If you are putting money into the school account for your children and wish to withdraw this, please email the office address below requesting this. Please include you name and bank account number as any funds will be paid via internet banking.

If you have any general inquiries or urgent questions or concerns, or need any assistance during the time the school is closed please email: office@koraunui.school.nz this email address will be checked by me, Gillian McPeake and the office staff regularly over the break and daily after the 14 April. We will do all we can to provide support and advice during this time.

We will be putting out regular updates about our school and plans for learning while the school is closed. This information will be on our Facebook page, emails and school website https://koraunui.school.nz/, please check these regularly for communication from the school.

Please check emails each day to be aware of any changes or important messages. A key message time would be 3pm each day for any updates, if there are any changes at all from us.

Looking after each other:

Kindness is an incredibly powerful way to show you are united against COVID-19.

You can make a huge difference by:

  • Checking-in on any elderly or vulnerable people
  • Looking after anyone that needs help
  • Dropping supplies to those at home sick
  • Talking to friends, whānau and neighbours to see if they need support
  • Connecting with and supporting local clubs and societies

These kinds of connections and offers of help will go a long way to getting others through COVID-19.

More than ever this is a time to follow all advice given by the Government and Ministry of Health to minimise the impact of COVID-19

  • We need to look after the elderly particularly and ensure that those who have high health risks are safeguarded as much as possible.
  • Take care of each other, make sensible decisions, keep to routines at home, shop sensibly, and stay connected online to friends and family.
  • We will get through this, but the more we can do to stay safe and isolated, the more we will be able to minimise the impact.

Remember to keep washing those hands and keep up social distance as much as possible.

Ngā mihi nui
Dave Lamont Principal Koraunui School

What are essential businesses?

This list may evolve over time.

Sectors Entities providing essential services (including their supply chains)
Accommodation
  • Accommodation services for essential workers and people who need to be isolated/quarantined
Border
  • Customs New Zealand, Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries
Building and construction
  • Building and construction related to essential services, critical infrastructure, or immediately needed to maintain human health and safety at home/work
Courts, tribunals and the justice system
  • Courts of New Zealand and tribunals
  • Critical Crown entities (eg Electoral Commission)
Education

At level 3 only:

  • Schools and educational facilities (e.g. ECE centres)
Fast-moving consumer goods
  • Businesses involved in the supply, delivery, distribution and sale of food, beverage and other key consumer goods (but not takeaway shops)
Financial services
  • Banks, insurers and other financial institutions
Health
  • Hospitals, primary care clinics, pharmacies, medical laboratories, care facilities
  • Ambulance services
  • Mortuary services
Local and national government
  • Any entity involved in COVID-19 response or that has civil defence/emergency management functions
  • Key public services
Primary industries, including food and beverage production and processing
  • Packaging, production and processing of food and beverage products
  • Food safety and verification, inspection or associated laboratory services, food safety and biosecurity functions
  • Veterinary and animal health/welfare services
Public safety and national security
  • Emergency services
  • Security and intelligence services
  • Justice system
  • Public safety and national security roles
Science
  • Any entity (including research organisations) involved in COVID-19 response, hazard monitoring, resilience, diagnostics for essential services
Social services
  • Welfare and social services, including NGOs, which meet immediate needs (further guidance will be provided)
Transport and logistics
  • Transport services
  • New Zealand Post and courier services
  • Any small passenger service vehicle driver – including taxis and ride-share services
Utilities and communications, including supply chains
  • Electricity, gas, water, waste, fuel, telecommunication services, internet providers and media
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koraunui logo full with paddingCoronavirus (COVID-19) Update Monday 23 March 20

 

Kia ora koutou


With the move to Alert Level 3 from today and the planned move to Alert Level 4 from Wednesday, we have been instructed by the Government to close our school. The school holiday break has been moved forward and will begin from Wednesday 25 March.


Tuesday 24 March – tomorrow children of parents who work in essential businesses (these are listed on the last 2 pages of this letter) are able to send their children to school so they can plan for the weeks ahead.


Wednesday 25 March – Koraunui School will be closed until further notice. At this stage the nation-wide lock down will be for 4 weeks.


We have prepared learning from home packs. These can be picked up by parents/caregivers/whanau from the school staffroom through the top doors (near the top field) tomorrow, Tuesday 24 March, between 8.00am and 3.00pm. If there is a crowd of people waiting, please do not gather together, maybe do a couple of laps of the cycle track.

We will drop the packs to houses of those who cannot come and pick them up tomorrow.   

The packs include; 

  • An explanation of the pack and what is require of the children, contact information. 
  • Photocopied sheets, lined paper and a workbook. 
  • Stickers to decorate the workbook with. 
  • Library books selected by your child. 
  • A slip of paper with details and login for StudyLadder (online learning site)  

Parents will need to provide their children with a vivid marker pen, colouring pencils and a glue stick.  Please let us know if this is a problem.  

With the school holiday period beginning on Monday 30 March and running through until Monday 13 April, we see this work as being completed after Easter, when schools are open for distance learning, from Tuesday 14 April.  Of course, if your children wish to start on this earlier this is also fine.  

We will work on establishing on-line learning and communication for families who can access this while the school is closed.  As we finalise what this looks like, we will provide information about what this includes and how to access on-line learning.  We are able to provide paper learning packs for those without internet access.  Please keep an eye for emails about this in coming days.  

If you have any urgent questions or concerns please email: office@koraunui.school.nz this email address will be checked by me, Gillian McPeake and the office staff regularly over the break and daily after the 14 April.  

We will be putting out regular updates about our school and plans for learning while the school is closed.  This information will be on our Facebook page, emails and school website https://koraunui.school.nz/, please check these regularly for communication from the school.  

In respect to your child’s health: 

If your child presents any flu like symptoms such as a runny nose, headache, temperature, is sore and tired, or is coughing, call the healthline number for advice: 0800 358 5453.  

Once again, we ask that you follow all instructions issued by either the Ministry of Health or the Government.  

What does this mean for you and your child: 

  • No student would be allowed on the school site or property when it is closed. 
  • Please check emails each day to be aware of any changes or important messages. A key message time would be 3pm each day for any updates, if there are any changes at all from us. 
  • As parents you would need to take full responsibility for your child at home, and follow all Ministry of Health and Government instructions, particularly if instructed to self-isolate.  
  • We will only be able to open the school when the Government and Ministry of Health has made an assessment regionally and nationally and instruct us to do so. 
  • Check all information on the official government site: https://covid19.govt.nz/ 
  • Email the school by using office@koraunui.school.nz - for any questions or help required. If you or your family is in need of any kind of support, please use this email to alert us.  

In respect to your child’s learning: 

We would encourage you to set up a timetable that can be followed while the children are working at home.  We will provide you with a suggested timetable to help with this.  

Students have a range of work sheets available in the pack or have the ability to learn on-line through StudyLadder.  (We will provide more information about this soon).  This website will provide you with some information about learning at home https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/  

Students and parents can email their teachers for help, to answer any questions or for any support they may require with their learning between 9.00am-12.00pm and 1.00pm-2.00pm.  Teachers will endeavor to stay in regular contact with their students.  

If for some reason your child has no work at all, and no access to online learning, please encourage them to read as many books as possible whilst the school is closed.  We will be providing access to our school library if parents and children wish to return and issue books.  Please contact us if you would like to do this and we will arrange a time with you.  

Looking after each other: 

More than ever this is a time to follow all advice given by the Government and Ministry of Health to minimise the impact of COVID-19.  

We need to look after the elderly particularly, and ensure that those who have high health risks are safeguarded as much as possible.  

Take care of each other, make sensible decisions, keep to routines at home, shop sensibly, and stay connected online to friends and family.  

We will get through this, but the more we can do to stay safe and isolated, the more we will be able to minimise the impact. 

Remember to keep washing those hands and keep up social distance as much as possible. 

 

Ngā mihi nui 

 

Dave Lamont 

Principal, Koraunui School 

 

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 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Saturday 22.03.2020

 

 

Kia ora koutou
 
With the announcement that New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact for COVID-19, people over 70 years of age, those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions, are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel.


The Ministry of Education has asked that staff, children and young people in schools and early learning services now follow this advice. 

Alert Level 2 means the virus is contained but with the risk of community transmission growing.  Below is the section of the table that applies to Level 2 – Reduce Contact.  We will post the whole table on our school Facebook page.

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High risk individuals
Older people, particularly those with pre-existing health problems are more likely to get severe illness and are considered at risk. High risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:

  • respiratory conditions including asthma;
  • a compromised immune system;
  • liver disease;
  • cancer;
  • kidney disease;
  • heart disease; and
  • diabetes mellitus.

If your child/children have one of the existing conditions mentioned you are being asked to keep them home from school for their own safety.

We have also asked staff who have concerns about their health to stay away from school.

Further information is available at:

It is important to remember that there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our school nor in our community.  All children without existing health conditions and who are feeling well should attend school as they normally do.

We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our children. That is why we are providing up to date advice and guidance so that we can all make informed decisions. The Board of Trustees and I are resolute in our commitment to supporting the safety and wellbeing of our school community.

If your child does feel sick with cold or flu-like symptoms such as cough, sore throat, headache, runny nose, just as you normally would, please keep them at home. Call or text the school to inform the main office. As a family then ring the health line 0800 358 5453.

The country and world is going through some major changes due to COVID-19.  This is the time that we do all we can to support one another and to look after our community and demonstrate our KORAU values.

 

Let’s all Stay Calm, Be Safe, Stick with the Facts and Wash Our Hands.

 

Ngā mihi

 

Dave Lamont

Principal

Koraunui School

Download Covid-19 Update Letter to parents 22 March 2020

Some things we are doing to keep our school safe

Our staff have been working hard to ensure school is a safe and hygienic place and the normal school routine is maintained a much as possible.  Below are actions we have implemented across the school.  

  • Signage about Covid19 and hygiene has been placed around the school. 
  • Soap (recommended best practice by the Ministry of Education) and sanitizer have been placed in all classroom spaces as well as the staffroom toilets and front office. 
  • Door handles, handrails and light switches are being cleaned daily with sanitizer before lunch and at the end of the school day. 
  • We are following, modelling and reminding the children to follow, social distancing and basic hygiene practices. 
  • Ministry of Education communication is being shared with Board, staff and the community as it comes out.  Contact numbers and websites are being made available also for information. 
  • Staff briefings are being held, as required, to discuss plans, processes and information relating to COVID-19. 
  • The school emergency management plan (including full school student lists), a Coronavirus Outbreak information document, Ministry of Education documents and staff evacuation priority plan have been updated.   
  • Our Kahui Ako Principal group has set up a WhatsApp group so we can communicate effectively with each other in real time.   
  • Paper resources that can be copied and sent home with the children should the school close have been prepared.  We have a range of on-line resources and websites available for those with internet access.   
  • We have advertised in the newsletter for parents to get logins for our school library so they can issue library book to read at home with their children.  This can be something that continues all the time to promote reading at home.