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Moving to COVID Alert Level 3 - Message from the Principal

posted 20 Apr 2020, 16:40 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 23 Apr 2020, 19:31 ]
Kia ora e te whānau

We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme has been a success for you so far. We have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you all for your support.

Yesterday, the Government announced that New Zealand will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April. The key message is to still work and learn from home if you can. The Government wants the vast majority of people working from home, and students learning from home. 

As announced by the Government, we will have a Teacher Only Day on 28 April to give our staff time to prepare for Alert Level 3. That means we will be open to receive students in Years 9 and 10 who cannot learn at home from the 29 April - including boarding students. All students in Years 11-13 will continue to learn at home.

If students or staff have a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness, they must stay at home. If your daughter is unwell, please also ensure you keep her at home.

We want to assure you that we will continue to support your daughter’s learning at home. We will continue to teach all our classes online with any students returning to school supervised by a skeleton teaching staff.

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with health authorities to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. As you will be doing, we want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible. We will start to prepare our site from today.

At Level 3, businesses cannot offer services which involve face-to-face contact or sustained close contact, and as such, the school reception will remain closed and the school will not allow visitors onsite (except mail and courier deliveries).

As parents and caregivers, you also have responsibilities to assist us in keeping students and our workforce safe and to support the country's overall response to COVID-19 to 'keep it out and stamp it out'.

To fully support this approach we need you to:
  • If your daughter/s will physically be returning to school on Wednesday 29 April. Please email no later than 5.00 pm, Wednesday 22 April.
  • Keep your daughter/s home if they are unwell 
  • Strictly maintain your family ‘bubble’ outside the school environment
  • Ensure great hygiene practices at all times.
We will continue to communicate with our community as we work through our plans for re-opening. If you have any questions re your daughter’s return to school at Level 3, please do not hesitate to contact me -

I would like to conclude by acknowledging all those in our Dio community who have been on the front line over the last few weeks - be it medical staff, police, supermarket workers, rubbish collectors, civil defence staff, corrections staff, truck and bus drivers, farmers and vets and everyone else who has been working to keep our community safe.

Thank you also to our Dio staff and students who have adapted so well to this new way of teaching and learning.

A special thank you to our boarding and international teams who have made the Dio difference, supporting our international boarders who have bravely faced the lockdown hundreds of miles away from their homes and families. We are so grateful to our large boarding bubble for their incredible care in a crisis.

It is important that as a school community we continue to show strength and resilience, and attack any issues we will face with generosity and understanding. We are all part of a much broader picture.


Mary Curran