COVID-19 Level 1 update

Dear Parents/Caregivers

I am sure you were as pleased as I was to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement about moving to Alert Level 1.  For us this means there is an extremely low public health risk from the virus at Alert level 1.

As a school we will continue to maintain our good hygiene measures such as regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces and washing of hands. It is no longer necessary for children to sanitise their hands on entry and exit to rooms however this will still be available. It is very important that if your child/ren are unwell they stay at home.

At level 1 there are no restrictions on personal movement and contact tracing registers are not required. Early pick up times for our junior school children will no longer continue and school will finish for all children at 3pm. Parents are welcome to come into school however we are encouraging parents to continue to drop off and pick up from the school gate. From our survey 83% of parents (98 respondents) have indicated they will continue to do this. Parents have noted increased independence and confidence in their children and for many parents a much quicker and easier school drop off and pick up. From a school perspective we have noticed a positive impact on the start and end of the school day for students, teachers and parents. We have also noticed the improvement with parking around the school. Senior Leaders will continue to welcome children at the gate in the morning and wish them farewell in the afternoon. 

We do note though that often the experience of drop off and pick up time is a way to meet other families in the school community and we will continue to have days where MBS families have opportunities to get to know each other and for parents to come and view their child’s learning in class. Also, at any time you wish to speak to your child’s teacher please come in to do so or alternatively contact them to arrange a meeting. We look forward to the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled for 24 and 25 June. This will be an important opportunity for you to hear directly from your child’s teachers about the progress made to date.

We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that. As always during school hours please ensure you go to the school office and not directly to your child’s class

Until the end of the term we will continue to have staggered break times and school sports resumes in term 3. We look forward to our school cross country next term. Whole school assemblies begin in week 10 and we encourage parents to attend. 

Finally, thank you for your support and we look forward to a highly successful remainder of the year. 

He waka eke noa

(We’re all in this together)

Mark Keenan