Newton Central School campus will open once more on Monday 18th October for only the small number of children who need to attend. All our usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 will be in place which include all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means students will be kept in bubbles of no more than 10.
Our staff on-site will also have been tested for COVID-19 before they get back to work. The school is moving toward having 100 percent of our staff vaccinated – so we are all playing our part in keeping our community safe.
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.
We will continue to support all children who remain learning from home through our distance learning programme. For those families whose children were meant to officially start school at the beginning of Term 4, we will be contacting you personally in the coming days to discuss potential options for their official enrolment. It is a shame that our traditional Pōwhiri to welcome new whānau will not be able to occur until such time that we can all return to school.
While we know how difficult it is trying to work from home as well as support your child’s learning, please keep your child at home if there is an appropriate carer available. For those of you with no other option, we look forward to seeing your child at school next week. While we are prepared for those children who attended at Alert Level 3 in the last 2 weeks of Term 3, we need to know well in advance if there are any other children who might attend on Monday. If your working situation has changed and there are no longer options for a responsible adult to care for your child at home, please contact me via email here so I can plan appropriate support, prepare additional bubbles and share with you the specific guidelines and protocols that everyone needs to follow at Alert Level 3.