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Important Communication from the Principal

posted 22 Mar 2020, 20:19 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 22 Mar 2020, 20:21 ]

Dear Dio Whānau

The New Zealand Government has today announced that the New Zealand COVID-19 alert has been lifted to level three and this will rise to alert level four in 48 hours. 

Waikato Diocesan School for Girls is CLOSED effective from tomorrow unless your daughter needs to collect any personal belongings.  We ask that you adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines and keep 1.5 metres apart, collect the items, and leave the campus as quickly as possible. Please only come in if an item is of real importance.

Boarding parents/students are able to collect belongings this afternoon, between the hours of 5.00 pm and 9.00 pm, and tomorrow between the hours of 8.00 am and 9.00 pm. To assist boarding staff to manage this, please text your daughter’s house parent with an ETA.  On arrival, we ask that only one member of the family enter the buildings/dormitories. Staff will be on hand to offer any assistance.

The prime minister has said that all essential services would still be open at all alert levels but stressed that when people were visiting essential services, physical distancing should still be practiced

If you are an essential worker as approved by the government and you need to send your daughter to school tomorrow, please email as soon as possible.

Our interpretation of Minister Hipkin’s guidance is that schools will continue online until the calendared term break. However, should we be notified of a different interpretation by the government, we will make changes accordingly. In order to give our community the time to prepare, online learning will not commence until next week, Monday 30 March. We will then break for two weeks of school holidays on 9 April as per the normal school calendar.  We will provide more information and support for online learning tomorrow.

We know you have many questions. We will continue to update you as more details are confirmed. Thank you for your patience and support. 

The best way to tackle this situation is together, as a community, with students, staff, parents, and caregivers all remaining supportive and responsive to an ever-changing situation.

Blessings and Aroha

Mary Curran

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