Lockdown Update 14th Oct 2021

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers and Students of Te Awamutu College

The Government has announced we will remain at Alert Level 3 until 11.59pm Monday 18 October.

At Alert Level 3 you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement, including going to work and going to school.

We are therefore open on Monday for only the small number of children who need to attend - children (Years 9-10) of essential workers who have to get to work AND who cannot arrange childcare. All our usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts.

This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes, and keep everyone physically distanced from others as much as possible (one metre inside and two metres outside). We will also keep school bubbles to no more than 10 students. These bubbles will not mix with other bubbles.

Students in Years 9-13 are also now required to wear face coverings when at school in Alert Level 3, as are the staff. Face coverings are now also required to be worn on school transport for students in Years 9-13.

Our contact tracing systems will be in place, which includes our attendance register and visitor register, and we will be limiting staff onsite with the majority of our team working from home.

You can also assist everyone’s safety by keeping your child at home if they are feeling unwell and please do contact your GP or Healthline, to seek advice about getting tested.

Our staff on-site will have been tested for COVID-19 before they get back to work and we are moving toward having 100% of our staff vaccinated – so we are all playing our part in keeping our community safe.

It is also now legally required that we hold a COVID-19 vaccination register for all eligible students and staff.

If we were to have a case of COVID-19 in our school, public health authorities will want to know if we are a school with a high vaccination rate. This information will then be used as part of the local health authority’s risk assessment. The more highly vaccinated we are (staff and eligible students), the less likely it will be that we will have to close down for a long period of time, or we might not need to close at all.

We will therefore need to know if your child has had their first or second vaccine dose or is exempted from being vaccinated. This information will be held by us in accordance with the Privacy Act and will only be shared with public health authorities.

We are therefore getting our data collection system in place and will get in touch with you again once we have all the information we need from the Ministry of Education to proceed.

We will continue to support all children who remain learning from home, through our distance learning programme.

In order to know how many staff we will need on Monday 18 October and throughout Alert Level 3, please email [email protected] before 9am on Friday 15 October if you are intending to send your student(s) to school. Please provide name(s) and Year Level(s).

Students can not just turn up at school. We must be notified of their attendance so that we can be organised for their safe supervision.

We are proud of how our community has responded to this outbreak, but the mahi isn’t yet done. Please continue to follow all the alert level requirements including staying at home, getting tested for COVID-19 if you are feeling unwell, and for your own sake and for the health of your whānau, I encourage you to get vaccinated.

These are the very best things we can do to keep our community as safe as possible and get everyone back to school.

Ngā mihi,

Tony Membery

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