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Important Messages at Alert Level 2

posted 14 Feb 2021, 16:18 by Debbie Stevens
Kia ora koutou

The Prime Minister has announced that as of 11.59 pm last night, Auckland has moved into Alert Level 3 for three days, and the rest of New Zealand entered Level 2 for three days. This is after three new COVID-19 cases were reported in the community.

The key Public Health approach at Level 2 is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person if someone in our school is infected.

Can parents and caregivers come on-site at school at Level 2? 
  • Parents and caregivers must remain in their vehicles when dropping off or collecting their daughters. 
  • The Ministry of Health requires us to maintain accurate contact tracing registers. This means all visitors to campus MUST sign in at the main reception. The only exceptions to this are when visiting the school shop or boarding house. Both the shop and boarding house will have registers to track all visitors.
  • Parent visits to school should be kept as short as possible. Please also ensure you maintain physical distancing of two metres, and follow the necessary hygiene protocols around handwashing and use of hand sanitiser.
*A reminder that we will already have contact information for parents and caregivers, so we don’t need to collect those particular details each time you come on-site. But we will need to record your name and the time in and out of the school, including any classrooms/common spaces, entered.

Dio Swimming Sports

Swimming Sports will still take place this Wednesday, but, under Level 2 restrictions, this event must be spectator free. Unfortunately, no parents/whaanau can attend this event. We’ll post regular updates to our social media channels so you can keep up with the action.

Travel to/from school

The Ministry of Health requires schools to have accurate records on how EVERY student travels to/from school. This is for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes. Please complete THIS SURVEY for EACH daughter you have at Dio no later than 5.00 pm Wednesday 17 February. Thank you for your support. 

What learning support will be provided for my daughter if she does not attend school at Alert Level 2?

If for some reason, your daughter is unable to attend school in person during Alert Level 2, she will continue to be supported with her learning using online/digital means. Teachers will be unable to teach classes remotely at the same time as they are delivering their programmes of learning to students physically in front of them. However, they will make the learning materials from their lessons available to students who are learning from home and will provide support where possible. To do this, they may use a combination of approaches, which might include:
  • Posting learning materials and instructions for every lesson on Google Classroom.
  • Sharing videos to supplement the learning, where possible.
  • Nominating a buddy in each of your daughter’s classes to share their notes from each lesson with your daughter. 
  • Posting physical materials/resources home to your daughter, if materials are unable to be shared online.
  • Responding to your daughter if she has any questions about the classwork, mainly via email. 
  • Tailoring your daughter’s learning programme, where necessary, to meet her individual needs (e.g. withdrawing your daughter from certain achievement standards if she is unable to participate in some of the learning activities, especially linked to practical assessments).
If you have any questions regarding your daughter’s learning, please make contact with the following people: 
  • Your daughter’s teachers - for subject-specific queries.
  • Your daughter’s year level Dean - for overall pastoral care queries and tracking of student progress.
  • Julie Bain - Deputy Principal (Leader of Learning) - for broader queries about the provision of distance learning options

For more information regarding attending school at Alert Level 2, please click here.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Waikato Diocesan School for Girls and each other.

Mary Curran | Principal