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17 August 2021 – School at Alert Level 4

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Kia ora koutou,

Effective from midnight 17th August we will be at Level 4 for 3 days. 

This means that our school will not be open onsite for any students until further notice. This follows someone being identified with COVID-19 and who has been in the Auckland and Coromandel communities while believed to be infectious. 

It is really important we do everything we can to keep our community safe. Alert Level 4 means we need to stay home in our bubbles and avoid any travelling as much as possible.  Supermarkets, pharmacies, foodbanks and other essential services will be open – but remember to wear a face covering if you are out and about (even a scarf wrapped around your mouth and nose will help). Check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go and please also keep a distance from people you don’t know and wash your hands well and often, especially before and after using any public facilities. 

Please go to the Ministry of Health website if you have recently visited the Auckland or Coromandel region.  There is a list of locations the confirmed case has visited while they were considered to be infectious. If you were at one of those locations and at the same time as specified on the website, then please follow the relevant instructions to isolate and potentially to get tested. Please keep checking that webpage as new locations may be identified over time.

Our focus as always will be to support the learning, safety and wellbeing of our tamariki and we continue to be here to support you as well.

Home Learning

The staff met online this morning to finalise plans for distance home learning. With such short notice we weren’t able to hand out devices or hard packs to students in order to support distance learning.

We believe it is important to ensure that the ideas we offer you for home learning tasks have a balanced approach that would, as much as possible, continue to reflect our approach at school.  

We recognise that the resources that you may have on hand, devices, and access to the internet may be limited. We also recognise that households vary with both the number of children, ages of children, and various parental situations and needs. We are offering a range of practical hands-on activities for all of our students balanced with some online sites and tools. 

This should be looked at like a menu – students/families can choose some activities, not all, to complete. 

Ideas will cover the foundational ‘Academic’ areas of Writing, Reading and Mathematics that will be Year Level specific and also tasks under the headings of; Looking After Yourself & Being Active, Staying Connected, Caring and Helping, Being Creative, Having Fun, Connecting with Culture which will be approachable for all ages.  Students will be able to continue to access and use online services and accounts that they have had set up to address the foundational ‘Academic’ areas of learning. These are generally self paced and able to be managed by students with minimal adult help. 

Essentially what we envision is that across the week students undertake some Writing, Reading, Maths tasks interspersed with challenges and tasks that are fun, engaging, and facilitate building cooperation and quality relationships based on the experience and reality of being at home. 

Families will be able to use these in a flexible way that works best for them, with many tasks being designed to be done with children of all ages and stages. 

Te Horo School Home Learning programme is hosted on this Google site and the link will be emailed and shared with you (and students who have school gmail) separately.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or michelle.ta[email protected], if there is something you need assistance with.

Please let us know if you are a person who works in Essential Services and require support with your children should/when we move to Level 3.

Take care, whānau.

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