Tuesday, 12 May 2020 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As we transition to Level 2 of Covid-19, we welcome back your children to school.

New Lynn School will re-open NEXT Monday 18 May 2020, to start at 8.55am – 3pm.

If you are choosing to keep your child/ren home for some time due to health reasons please email the school office this week at officeadmin@newlynn.school.nz to let us know stating your child’s full name.

Children at higher-risk with underlying medical conditions are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home. Please make contact with the school this week in order to develop a plan to manage a safe return for your children.

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.

If your child is absent due to illness or any other reason please use the school app or call the office 827-4382 to leave a clear message on the absent line, stating your child’s full name, classroom, and the reason for their absence.

Every classroom and shared space will have access to hand sanitiser, and children must wash their hands regularly and follow ministry protocols on hygiene.

It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/

Our protocol for parents and caregivers are:

Please remember SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES – Parents please stand 2 metres apart.

NO Parents are permitted to enter classrooms at any time.

ONLY ONE entry point to the school: Children and Parents MUST enter through the MAIN GATE on Hutchinson Avenue as all other gates will be locked.

If you require to talk to the office, regarding enrolment of students or other matters, please follow instructions displayed at office.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Remember to visit our school website www.newlynn.school.nz for any other queries.

Kia Kaha

New Lynn School

Friday 20 March 2020

Kia ora koutou,

With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.

  • As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform me about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you
  • If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.
  • If our school does need to close temporarily, we have a plan in place to support student’s learning.

We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the well-being of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here.

Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practicing good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness.

We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and well-being of our school community.

Ngā mihi,

Mr Roebuck, New Lynn School Principal

23 March School Closure Notice

Notice to parents of teacher only day for 2020

Arising from the recent employment agreement negotiations for the Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement, the Primary Principals’ Collective Agreement, the Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement and the Area School Principals’ Collective Agreement it was agreed that any one principal or teacher is entitled to a maximum of 8 teacher only days.

These days are to provide teachers and principals with additional time to:

  • Refresh and deepen their knowledge and practice around the local curriculum (within the context of the removal of national standards)
  • Strengthen their understanding of the use of assessment tools for learning and teaching
  • Respond to the recommendations of the education work programme in the Curriculum, Progress and Achievement (CPA) Report
  • Familiarise themselves with curriculum work changes that will become available over the term of the collective agreements.

New Lynn School will be closed for instruction in term 3 on Monday 20th July.