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OIS - Alert Level 3

By Mary Healey | Posted: Tuesday April 21, 2020

Yesterday the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April. That means we will be open to receive students from Wednesday 29 April. The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home. If your child is sick you must also keep them at home.

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We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme has been a success for you so far. We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with but we have been getting some very positive feedback about our programme and thank you for all your support.

Yesterday the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April. That means we will be open to receive students from Wednesday 29 April. We started to prepare our site today.

The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home. If your child is sick you must also keep them at home.

In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures, and compliance with these will be essential. Students will be in their classroom bubble for the day. They will not have the opportunity to socialise or mix with other bubbles of students. There will be staggered start and finish times as well as break times to avoid groups gathering at school or at the gates before and after school.

We want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home. The learning being done by those who need to come to school will be the same learning those at home are doing.

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with the Ministry of Health to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open. As you are already doing, we want to be sure that what we do, will keep our community as safe as possible, and we thank you for your efforts in doing this so far.

For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance while we progress our planning for what Alert Level 3 will mean for you and for our school. Please keep connecting with your teachers with any questions you might have.  We will contact you before the end of the week with more information and to find out whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person.

Mary Healey, Principal  / Rebecca O'Sullivan, Board Chair