School is open at Raglan Area School on Monday 1 March 2021 but we are again at ALERT LEVEL 2.
I encourage you to watch the news and/or go online to keep updated with the latest COVID-19 news developments. There are more cases of COVID-19 in South Auckland. As a result, the Government announced that from 6am this morning Sunday 28 February 2021, Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 – and the rest of the country will move to Alert Level 2.
Alert Level 2 – All of New Zealand excluding Auckland region
Alert Level 2 applies from 6am Sunday 28 February 2021.
1. Schools are open to everyone, and all children must attend.
At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained but there is still risk of community transmission. It is safe for children and staff to attend school and for school hostels to be operating as there will be appropriate measures in place, including for children and staff vulnerable to severe illness.
2. Learning will be onsite with distance learning offered in some circumstances.
Distance learning should be provided for those required to self-isolate, those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result, or those choosing to remain at home because they are vulnerable to illness.
3. Schools are not classified as gatherings and a range of events and activities can go ahead.
For most day to day activities at schools, the rules for gatherings do not apply. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there to receive, provide, or support education services. However as soon as your event or activity brings people onsite who are not there for education purposes, including students, parents and caregivers, then the rules for gatherings do apply. This would include performances such as school plays, cultural events and sporting activities.
4. Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school.
Our Director of Education will work closely with us and health authorities should this occur. We will contact our Ministry regional office if we hear of a confirmed case in our school community but haven’t been advised about it by health officials.
5. Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport.
This includes buses used by the school to transport students and staff. Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering in any setting will be supported to do so.
6. Sick people must stay at home.
Sick people should seek medical advice if you have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If a sick person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, he/she must self-isolate.
7. We must have a contact tracing system in place.
This includes displaying QR code posters at our entrances, and monitoring our attendance register and visitor registers.
8. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:
- Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)
- Hand hygiene
- Cough and sneeze etiquette
- Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.