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COVID-19 UPDATES FOR DOMESTIC STUDENTS & FAMILIES

THE LATEST NEW ZEALAND COVID-19 INFORMATION

Long Bay College recommends parents/caregivers and students visit the official government websites for the latest COVID-19 information.

www.covid19.govt.nz

www.health.govt.nz

 

THE LATEST COVID-19 RELATED UPDATES FROM LONG BAY COLLEGE

Any developments that occur that impact upon our school will be posted below. Information will also be emailed to parents/caregivers. Please scroll down for the latest information.

 

SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS’ WELLBEING

To assist with any struggles we may have, it is important to talk to those we trust (via our devices if they are not in our bubble) such as friends, family, teachers, guidance counsellors or our youth work team.  Find a contact list of staff here.
Seek advice and/or information from these NZ agencies:
NZ Mental Health
Netsafe – you’ll find advice regarding the positive use of social media to ‘Stay connected, stay safe‘.
• Youthline – a service for young people who may need a listening ear.
Free call: 0800 376 633, free text: 234 or email: talk@youthline.co.nz

 

BUS TRAVEL INFORMATION UNDER ALERT LEVEL 2

Please find bus information here.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 – CHANGES TO NCEA AS A RESULT OF RECENT LOCKDOWN

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

While 2020 continues to bring challenges to our school community, I am delighted to say resilience, optimism and calmness has emanated from many at Long Bay College; this is of great credit to all and particularly to our students.

The upcoming Formative Exams, which begin on Wednesday, 16 September may now be more significant than ever before. The results could potentially be used as NCEA grades in the event that externals cannot be completed later in the year, due to further COVID-19 outbreaks. As a consequence, please support your child to help them prepare for the exams appropriately and diligently, as this will be in their very best interest.

I am pleased to advise you that due to the second lockdown in Auckland, a number of changes have been made to the NCEA qualification for our students.

Further changes to NCEA for students in Auckland

The Government has made additional changes to NCEA for students in Auckland to recognise the 13 days of classroom time lost during the recent Alert Level 3 lockdown. These changes will help ensure you have a fair opportunity to achieve NCEA this year.

Extra Learning Recognition credits

Learning Recognition (LR) credits were introduced this year to recognise the classroom time lost during the nationwide lockdown earlier this year. Extra LR credits are now available to students in Auckland because of the additional COVID disruption in August.

Changes to earning rate and LR credit maximums

NCEA Level LR credit maximum LR credit earning rate Total number of credits required from assessment
L1 Up to 16 LR credits 1 for 4 credits achieved 64
L2 Up to 12 LR credits 1 for 4 credits achieved 68 (48 + 20 from another level)
L3 Up to 12 LR credits 1 for 4 credits achieved 68 (48 + 20 from level 2 or higher

These changes apply to all the credits you achieve in 2020, including credits earned before the recent lockdown, and cover internal assessment, exams and portfolios.

Changes to certificate endorsements

Instead of 46 credits, you will now need 44 credits to earn Merit or Excellence Certificate Endorsements.

Support for students

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) will offer extra places in their Summer School in 2020. Talk to your school if you are interested.

If your child needs extra help to achieve your NCEA goals this year, or have stopped attending school during lockdown, extra places will be available in programmes led by Te Kura (the Correspondence School) from Term Four.

Preparing students for success

If another COVID-19 disruption prevents your child from sitting end-of-year examinations, there are steps in place to ensure they can still receive a grade. Teachers have been gathering assessment evidence from the course work students have been doing that shows whether they have met the requirements of the standard.

Changes to University Entrance (UE) were announced in June, meaning students need to achieve 12 credits, rather than 14 credits, in each of 3 University Entrance Approved Subjects. There are no extra changes to UE, but universities and other tertiary education providers are also taking the unique circumstances of 2020 into account in their discretionary entry requirements for 2021.

Ngā mihi,

CJ HEALEY
Tumuaki / Principal

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 – FACE COVERINGS AND SENIOR EXAM DATES

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We are looking forward to welcoming all of our students and staff back at school on Monday, August 31 following the return to Alert Level 2. Our health and safety plan is in place, as it has been under every alert level, and you can be assured we’ll continue to do everything we can to keep students safe.

Face coverings

The Prime Minister has clarified the stance on face coverings by announcing they will be required on public transport from next Monday, August 31 at Alert Level 2 and above. This does not apply to any child who is under 12 years of age and does not apply to school transport (we have good systems in place to manage safety on school transport).

Children and young people do not need to wear face coverings at Long Bay College. Other public health control measures are in place including students and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing and hygiene requirements. If your child would like to wear a face covering then they will be supported to do so.

Senior Formative Examination Review and update:

Our professional judgement has guided a change to the timing of the original senior examination block that was planned from 11 to 18 September (Week 8 and 9), to now be held from 16 to 23 September (Week 9 and 10). The move recognises the importance of maximising the Term Four classroom learning time that is still available to us. The exams will provide our senior students with some authentic practice examination experience and enable our students to receive invaluable feedback, prior to the holidays.

Opportunities will be available for those who are committed to Scholarship exams to sit practice exams at a time yet to be confirmed; we are currently seeking feedback and consulting with those to whom this applies. The senior students involved will be receiving an individual communication regarding the practice Scholarship examination timetable later today.

Ngā mihi

CJ HEALEY
Tumuaki / Principal

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 – RETURNING TO SCHOOL, AUG 31 AT ALERT LEVEL 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As you will be aware, the Prime Minister has announced as of Sunday, 30 August at 11.59 pm Auckland will be moving to Alert Level 2. We are very pleased we will be seeing students of all year groups back at school where we will be ensuring our learners achieve their goals and reach their own levels of personal excellence.

I would like to thank all of our community for the positive outlook shown over the latest lockdown period and for the resilience and engagement demonstrated by our students. COVID has certainly presented obstacles for all of us this year but the obstacles are not insurmountable. At this time, strong vigilance and good hygiene practices remain important for all of us.

Just a reminder that while everyone is onsite at Long Bay College during Alert Level 2, we must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette – posters are positioned throughout the school.
  • Staying away if sick – students who arrive unwell, or become unwell at school will need to be collected.
  • Keeping one metre physical distancing from others where appropriate; two metres where possible.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting our high touch surfaces daily.
  • Displaying QR code posters at our entrances and encouraging all of our community to download the NZ COVID Tracer App and use it if they come onsite.
  • Keeping a visitor register for anyone who cannot use the app and for other visitors who come onsite for a period of time.
  • Full school and year level assemblies are postponed until further notice.
  • School sporting fixtures will not recommence until after Sunday, 6 September at the earliest. Please see College Sport for further details.
  • Students should bring with them their own laptop or digital device where possible, along with their own personal stationary etc. Note: these should be for their own use and not shared with others.
  • Access to hand sanitiser will be readily available in every classroom and key entrances to our buildings. Soap, water and drying facilities are available in the toilet facilities for students and staff.
  • Posters promoting hygienic practices are up in classrooms, corridors and toilet areas.
  • A register will be kept of all bus students and bus queues will be supervised in the Gymnasium area.
  • Students using public transport to and from school will be required to wear appropriate face masks whilst in the vehicles.
  • It is advised, students bring their own bottle of water, and if possible, for convenience, personal hand sanitiser.
  • It will not be practical to continue online teaching and learning once students are back onsite but class materials will be available online.

The measures outlined above will help keep our community as safe as possible. Thanks to these protocols, your child does not need to wear a face covering while at school. We will of course support them should they choose to do so.

As students have been away from school for a period of time, it is absolutely essential they are supported from home on their return to school to meet the College’s expectations relating to uniform; clothing, grooming, hair styles and colours, nails, jewellery etc. We very much want this return to school to be positive and the focus to be on teaching and learning, pride and belonging in our community. It is also a wonderful opportunity to continue to grow and develop our school values of Care, Respect, Creativity and Community and we look forward to our students accepting this challenge.

For those in our community who might be finding things difficult at this time, please remember there is a large range of support options available. Visit covid19.govt.nz for more information or get in touch and we will help you to find the information and support you need.

Thank you for your support and patience over this difficult period. I want to end by again reiterating, it is safe to return to school. We look forward to seeing everyone again on August 31.

Ngā mihi,

CJ HEALEY
Tumuaki / Principal

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 – PLANS OVER THE NEXT 11 DAYS UNDER ALERT LEVEL 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

With the continuation of Covid-19 Alert Level 3 in Auckland, Long Bay College will remain closed for the next 11 days, to all students except for Year 9 or 10 children of essential workers or Year 9 or 10 children who need to attend school.

On Monday, August 17, we will continue to deliver teaching and learning through our digital platform, Microsoft Teams. Monday is Day 3 of the rotational timetable. All key resources and information for accessing our online learning can be found here.

To register your child for onsite attendance at school during Alert Level 3 you must reply to this message with the following details by 3pm on Sunday, August 16 and please, only if there is no supervision available at home. We apologise for the short turn around but need this information quickly so that we can employ relief teachers for student supervision.

Student Name:
Year Level:
Address as of today:
Caregiver name and phone number:

Mode of transport for getting to and from school:
If using bus(es), please state route number/s:

The small group of students on site will be supervised and will be engaging in the same online learning as their classmates, so they will need their devices. They will not be receiving direct instruction from the supervising teacher. We will be following Level 3 Health and Safety protocols. Students will need to bring their own water bottle, morning tea and lunch.

We are not permitted to allow other students to physically attend school until further notice.

Ngā mihi,

CJ HEALEY
Tumuaki / Principal

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13 – STUDENT RESOURCE COLLECTION AND LATE START CLASSES

Good afternoon,

Tomorrow, Friday, 14 August, we plan to distribute resources and devices to a small number of our students (who will be contacted shortly). For this reason, Long Bay College has scheduled remote learning to begin from Period 3 (11.20am) through to the end of Period 5 (3.15pm) on Friday, 14 August. We look forward to seeing all of our students online during these class times. Please note, tomorrow will be Day 2 of the rotational timetable.

All key resources and information for accessing our online learning can be found at: https://www.longbaycollege.com/remote-learning/

If the Government’s announcement on Friday requires us to all be away from school next week, we will resort to our usual timetable structure from Monday morning (Day 3) (see daily schedule for a school day attached).

I thank you for your understanding and patience.

Ngā mihi,

CJ HEALEY
Tumuaki / Principal

 

WEDNESDAY,  AUGUST 12 – FROM THURSDAY, AUGUST 13 LONG BAY COLLEGE BEGINS REMOTE TEACHING AND LEARNING

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I am writing in support of the decision made by our Government yesterday, that sees us now in a Level 3 Auckland response to COVID-19.

Children of essential workers 

As of now, only those Year 9 and 10 students whose parents are essential workers will have provision made for them at school for the next two days. These students are to report to the school reception at 8.40am. To register your Year 9/10 child for onsite attendance at school during Alert Level 3 you must email rirving@lbc.school.nz with the following details by August 12, 4pm  and only if there is no supervision available at home:

Please advise us of: Student name, Year level, address as of today and mode of transport for getting to and from school. If your child is using the buses, please state the route numbers. 

We are not permitted to allow other students to physically attend school until further notice.

Thursday, August 13 – Online learning commences for all students

As of tomorrow, we will again deliver teaching and learning through our digital platform, Microsoft Teams. In order to do this successfully we will be starting our school day tomorrow (Thursday) at 11.20am, Period 3, Day 1. From this point and until further notice, our students will continue following the normal daily timetable (see below). All key resources and information for accessing our online learning can be found here.

Please see a recommended daily schedule here.

Sporting fixtures

All College Sport fixtures and training sessions have been postponed for the remainder of the week up until 11.59pm on Friday, August 14.

As parents and caregivers, I encourage you to engage with your son or daughter’s learning by frequently checking in with them about their schoolwork, discussing the tasks they have been set and ensuring our students continue to follow routines. Exercise, appropriate social contact, structured leisure time, and calm, rational explanations about the situation will also be important in the coming days.

If you have any specific concerns about COVID-19, contact your GP or the 24-hour COVID-19 health line number – 0800 358 5453.  You can visit the COVID-19 MOE pages here.

Kia kaha,

CJ Healey
TUMAKI / PRINCIPAL

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11 – SCHOOL CLOSURE DUE TO ALERT LEVEL 3

Good evening Parents/Caregivers and Students,

As a result of the Prime Minister’s announcement, Long Bay College will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, 12 August and until further notice.
Students and staff are requested to stay at home. The Senior Leadership Team will be the only staff permitted onsite at Long Bay College until further notice.

We will communicate, via email, as soon as we have more information.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Kia kaha,

CJ Healey
TUMAKI / PRINCIPAL

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 4 – LATEST CHANGES TO NCEA

Dear Parents/Caregivers and students,

Yesterday, it was announced that changes have been made to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) requirements for 2020. This action has been taken in response to the disruption caused nationally by COVID-19.

We are proud of the way you adapted to remote learning and are continuing to adapt to changes in your learning programmes that have resulted from the COVID-19 disruption.  As a school, we will continue to encourage and support our students to fulfil their greatest potential through our school’s vision statement of ‘personal excellence for global success’.

If, for any reason, you are struggling with any aspect of life back at school, contact your Atawhai Leader, Dean or Guidance so that we can help.

The changes to NCEA and UE are as follows:

· Students working towards an NCEA qualification can gain additional credits based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. These additional credits will be known as Learning Recognition credits. For every five credits a student achieves towards their NCEA, either through internal or external assessment, they are entitled to an additional one credit. Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of eight additional credits.  Learning Recognition credits will be calculated by NZQA once internal and external results are known.  They will not contribute to endorsements.

· Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course in a year (rather than 14) will be awarded a course endorsement.

· Current UE requirements have been reduced from 14 to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet literacy and numeracy requirements to be awarded University Entrance.

· External NCEA examinations and NZ Scholarship examinations will now take place from 16 November 2020 to 9 December 2020. This will provide extra time for teaching, learning and assessment in Term Four.

· The submission date for subjects which require students to submit a portfolio (for example, Design and Visual Communications) has been extended to 12 November 2020, to allow students more time to complete their portfolios.

The changes have been designed to encourage students to continue working towards their NCEA and to ensure that the NCEA attained by our students during this school year is just as valid as those earned in previous years.

If you have any queries about the changes, please contact your  Atawhai leader.

Ngā mihi,

JAC BEASLEIGH
Deputy Principal

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 – STUDENT ATTENDANCE UNDER ALERT LEVEL 2

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Last week was a successful return to school with high levels of attendance. As we move into the second week, we are continuing to support students and our goal is to keep levels of attendance up so our students can achieve their very best. We are working with the Ministry of Education and sending student attendance data weekly from May 29. The purpose is to:

  • Report to the National Crisis Monitoring Centre and Government on levels of attendance during the COVID-19 period.
  • Inform and support Ministry planning for students and schools returning to normal operation.
  • Evaluate and report on the effectiveness of initiatives implemented by the Ministry to respond and manage its response to COVID-19.

On behalf of Long Bay College, I would like to thank you for your support of your son or daughter and of the school community as a whole.

Kind regards,

MIKE LEWIS
Deputy Principal 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 15 – CHANGES AT LONG BAY COLLEGE UNDER ALERT LEVEL 2 AND BUS TRAVEL

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As we come to the conclusion of another week, having spent the day on-site with our 150 staff, I can confirm that we are all very excited to welcome our students back onto campus this coming Monday, May 18  (Period 1: 8.45am, Day 4). Without people, it is fair to say, our school is merely a collection of buildings; with our people it comes alive.

The first section of this email is about changes to NCEA and a guide for our students about how the school will operate under Alert Level 2. This focuses on the protocols and expectations that are in place for the period of time we are in Level 2. The information has been emailed to all students, but please take the time to ensure your son or daughter familiarises themselves with how we will now operate.

The second section of this email relates to the organisation and requirements of those students who take our school buses to and from school. Please read this information carefully with your child if they do take the buses and ensure they are aware of the new routines and protocols that are now associated with bus use.

 

NCEA CHANGES

The Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) are making changes to NCEA this year in a two-step process designed to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
The changes, effective immediately, are to:

  • Delay external NCEA examinations and New Zealand Scholarship examinations so they start on 16 November instead of 6 November, allowing another week for teaching, learning and internal assessment in Term 4
  • Extend the submission date for subjects that require students to submit a portfolio, such as Design and Visual Communication, from 28 October to 12 November 2020, giving students more time to prepare
  • Waive the requirement for NZQA verification of Level 1 and 2 Visual Arts portfolios, allowing students more time to complete their portfolios and teachers more time for marking.

NCEA examinations will now finish on 9 December 2020. An amended examination timetable is available on NZQA’s website

 

RETURN TO SCHOOL UNDER ALERT LEVEL 2 – A GUIDE FOR STUDENTS AT LBC

The following information is to inform you of the measures and expectations that we have put in place to keep students, teachers, staff and our community safe during the COVID-19 Alert Level 2 response.

Full school return date
All of our staff and students (Years 9-13) are expected to return to school on Monday, 18 May, 8:40am.

To keep you safe while at school:

  • While at school, you should be far enough away from each other so that you are not within breathing distance of each other, this is about one metre.
  • You should not be in physical contact with others.
  • Hand sanitiser is located in key places around the school and in every classroom.
  • Do not share drinks, food or items such as digital devices or phones.
  • Maintain good hygiene practises – cough and sneeze into your elbow or by covering mouth and nose with tissues (put tissue in bin or bag). Wash and dry your hands.
  • If you are unwell and have a cough, cold or temperature, or you have come into contact with COVID-19, your parents should stay home and contact the school to advise the reason for your absence from school.
  • If you arrive at school unwell or become unwell at school, you will be isolated immediately, and parents will be requested to collect you.
  • All surfaces and door handles will be cleaned each day, along with the cleaning of other equipment and resources as required.

Before you return to school

  • It is important you have your own personal stationery.
  • If you have a laptop / device for learning please bring it with you to school.
  • Please bring a personal bottle of hand sanitiser with you if you can.
  • Bring your own water bottle.

Start of the day

  • If arriving by school bus – you will be required to use hand sanitiser as you get off the bus, which will be provided by the school.
  • If you are being dropped off at school, please use the drop off zone. Parents must remain in the car.
  • If you are late to school, you will be required to visit the Student Center to sign in. You will be expected to line up, keeping to the social distancing queue markers.

Classrooms and Learning Spaces

  • As you enter and leave the room you will be required to use hand sanitiser provided by the school.
  • Teachers will be monitoring your use of hand sanitiser as you enter and leave the room.
  • Desks / benches and seating have been changed to allow for spacing. Please sit in seats as instructed by the teacher.
  • During the lesson, you should not be moving around unless instructed by the teacher.
  • Please use your own equipment.
  • In some classrooms, school equipment will be used – this will be cleaned as required.

Between Classes

  • As you move around the school, please keep distance between each other.
  • As you go through O Block and upstairs in English, keep to the left. There are markers on the floor to indicate separation space.

Interval and Lunchtimes

  • During breaks, you are welcome to see and gather with your friends, but you must keep a safe distance apart, this includes in corridors and around seating.
  • Only four students can sit at picnic tables and canteen tables, with space between.
  • All rubbish must be placed in bins.

Canteen

  • It will be open, but with a reduced menu. Paywave and cash will be accepted.
  • You will need to queue, following the social distancing markers on the ground.
  • Please follow instructions from staff to support with keeping you safe.
  • Drinking fountains are out of use due to hygiene reasons.
  • No more than four students can sit at a canteen table.

Toilets

  • Use proper hand cleaning methods, as displayed on the posters in the toilets.

Clubs and Groups

  • Clubs and activities can place with teacher supervision.
  • Please sanitise hands when entering and exiting a room.
  • Keep social distance between each other of about one metre.

Library

  • The number of students in the Library at interval and lunchtime will be restricted.
  • You will need to hand sanitise on the way in and out of the Library.
  • You will need to sign in at the desk on entry to the Library.
  • Please keep social distances between each other of about one metre.

Wet weather

In the event of wet weather at interval / lunchtime, you may need to stay in your classes. You will still be allowed to go to the canteen and toilets if required.

Year 13 Study / ILP

If you have a study period:

  • If you have study during Period 1 but wish to attend school, please sign in at the Student Centre and then complete the study sign in form.
  • If you have study during Period 2, 3 and 4, please complete the study sign in form at the Student Centre.
  • If you have study during Period 5 and you are signing out, please do so at the Student Centre.

The study sign in sheet is at the Student Centre, located under the covered area. Please sanitise your hands before and after signing the study form.

After school

If you are going to be picked up from school from the designated pick-up zone in the College grounds, please note: The main school gate will close at 3.05pm each day and will not re-open around 3.25pm. This is to ensure we can keep the school grounds safe and traffic to a minimum at this busy time. We recommend you arrange to get picked up at an agreed point in the surrounding streets; please do not park in the bus bays or on the cycle paths.

 

BUS INFORMATION

Bus allowance

Students who receive a Ministry bus allowance should come and see Mrs Jayne Jones in her office (A block) at interval on Monday, May 18, so that we can ensure they are identified on the bus register.

No cash payments

Please check your HOP card is topped up because cash payments will not be permitted on buses. Students can continue to use paper tickets (that are clipped on each journey) on those buses which use this system.

Hygiene

Hand sanitiser will be provided at Long Bay College when students get on and off school buses (as requested by Auckland Transport).  We recommend students carry their own hand sanitiser for the rest of the journey.

 Bus queue supervision

Long Bay College will provide new, supervised areas for students waiting for school buses. Students will be required to line up at approximately one metre apart.  Information about wait areas designated to buses will be provided to students on Monday morning.

We look foward to seeing everyone at school on Monday.

Nga Mihi,

CJ Healey

Tumuaki / Principal

 

 FRIDAY, MAY 15 – LAST DAY OF OFFICIAL REMOTE LEARNING 

Friday, May 15 will be a remote learning day at home for students at Long Bay College. Teachers will set work but as they are getting ready for the return to school on Monday, they will not be immediately available during online classes to answer questions.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 UPDATE – RETURN TO SCHOOL AT ALERT LEVEL 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Further to the Government announcement on Monday, 11 May that our nation will move to Alert Level 2, I am delighted to confirm that Long Bay College will re-open for all students on Monday, 18 May, Day 4. It has been a while since we were all together as one and we are excited to have our school ‘physically’ back in action. We appreciate your support with transitioning your son or daughter back to school.

Schools have been identified as safe environments for young people and staff, therefore the Long Bay College community can have every confidence it is safe to return to school. To that end, I have included extracts from Dr Caroline McElnay, Director, Public Health, Ministry of Health, along with other supporting links at the foot of this email *.

Throughout the recent period, the health, care and safety of all our community members is of the highest importance. We will continue to follow all advice and information provided by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education. We look forward to supporting each other as we re-establish the rhythms and routines that represent all aspects of school life. Below are some key points to ensure a positive return to school:

Staff return and online learning
– Our staff will be in school on Friday, 15 May preparing for our students’ return. Students will be set online work but teachers will not be available online to respond to questions immediately.

Full school return date
– All of our staff and students (Years 9-13) are expected to return to school on Monday, 18 May.
– At this time, it will not be practical to continue with online teaching and learning but class materials will be available online.

Reconnection
– In the coming weeks, we will be focusing on building our school community connections during Atawhai sessions. We have some great initiatives planned for students that focus on mental health, reflecting on life in lockdown and ways we can support our wider community.

Illness
Any students who are unwell and have a cough cold or temperature, or those who have come into contact with COVID-19, should contact the school to advise the reason for absence and stay at home.
– Students who arrive at school unwell or become unwell at school, will be isolated immediately and parents will be requested to collect them.

Digital devices and learning equipment
– Students should bring their own laptop or digital device to school where possible, along with their own personal stationary etc. Note: these items should be for each students’ own use and not shared with others.

Hygiene
– The most important courses of action to prevent COVID-19 are good hygiene practices. Please encourage your child to cough into their elbow and regularly wash and dry their hands.
– It is advised that students bring to school their own water bottle and if possible, personal hand sanitiser.
– Access to hand sanitiser will be readily available in every classroom and at key entrances to our buildings. Soap, water and drying facilities will be available in bathrooms for students and staff.
– Regularly cleaning commonly touched surfaces is important. Surfaces in all school facilities, e.g classrooms, handles and outside seating areas have been cleaned with hospital grade disinfectant and a thorough, regular cleaning regime will continue.
– Posters promoting hygienic practices are up in classrooms, corridors and bathrooms.

Contact tracing
– The school will maintain a Contact Register for visitors who enter the school site for use by Public Health, if required.

Physical distancing
– Physical distancing will be promoted and encouraged where possible, e.g desks one metre apart, designated queuing spaces etc.
– We will be postponing physical assemblies etc until it is declared safe to do so.

Buses
– A register will be kept of all bus students and bus queues will be supervised in the gym area.

Sport
– Our school sporting teams will not be training for the first week back at school; this will be reviewed during the week in line with advice and recommendations.

We very much want this return to school to be positive and the focus to be on teaching and learning, pride, and to continue to build a sense of belonging in our community. It is a wonderful opportunity to continue to grow and develop our school values of Care, Respect, Creativity and Community. With a long absence from physical school, we now once again request your support to ensure school standards are met, such as punctuality, uniform, grooming, hair styles and colours, nails, jewellery etc. We look forward to our students readily meeting these expectations.

I thank you all for your support and patience over this difficult period. I want to end by reiterating that it is safe for your children to return to school. We look forward to seeing you all again from Monday.

* Public Health Statement for the Education Sector (Dr Caroline McElnay, Director, Public Health, Ministry of Health)

– ……. Our experience in New Zealand and overseas with COVID-19 over the last four months shows that it does not infect or affect children and teens in the same way it does adults.
– So children and teens have low infection rates, they don’t become that unwell if they do get infected, and they don’t tend to pass the virus on to adults.
– Quality education is a public health intervention in itself, so I am very aware of the benefits of children and young people attending school and early learning, and the need to support children and young people to do this as quickly as we can.
– The two key public health principles that support our approach at Alert Level 2 are first to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person….
– Any children, young people and staff should stay at home if they are sick, or should be sent home immediately if they show any symptoms.
– Physical distancing is a good precaution …..  In an Alert level 2 school environment, this means maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices (coughing into your elbow, handwashing and drying) and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.
– There are situations where physical distancing is not possible, such as some sporting activities. In these situations extra emphasis on handwashing and drying (or cleansing with hand sanitiser) before and after activities and regular cleaning of equipment is recommended.
– And it is important that parents fully support this approach by doing their bit – keeping children home if they are unwell and seeking medical advice about whether a child may need to be tested; and ensuring great hygiene practices at all times.

Otago University’s “Sending children back to school: as safe as it’s ever been, doctors say

Australia’s National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance 

Nga Mihi,

CJ Healey

Tumuaki / Principal

 

FRIDAY, MAY 8 UPDATE – ALERT LEVEL 2 INFORMATION

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

Yesterday, the Prime Minister highlighted the outcomes of a potential move from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2 and what this means for the education of our students.

It is very reassuring to have confirmation that schools are identified as safe environments for children, young people and staff at Alert Level 2. The best news is that under Level 2 we are able to welcome all students and staff back on to our school site.

The focus on effective safe Health and Safety practices will remain such as good hygiene, eg hand washing, sanitising, coughing, sneezing and increased cleaning, together with additional measures that will be put in place to support contact tracing (should this be required). We will also be advising any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms of illness.

As we have done for both Alert Level 4 and 3, we will continue to follow the advice and direction provided by our government agencies about the measures needed to keep everyone safe at our school.
 
The Government will announce on Monday, 11 May when exactly we can anticipate welcoming our students back. Until that time, online learning will continue. We thank you for your on-going support with your child’s learning at home.

Following Monday’s announcement, we will be in touch with a more detailed update of our plans for bringing our school community back together. As always, great thought and consideration will be given to the conditions that will deliver the best possible outcomes for our Long Bay College community.

Ngā mihi,

CJ Healey

Tumuaki / Principal

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 30 UPDATE – NCEA INFORMATION

Dear Parents /Caregivers,

Our national qualification, National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), is administered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). They have composed a guide for whanau to support their teen with remote assessment.  Please find it here: NZQA NCEA Covid School Info for Parents

NCEA is a flexible qualification and our teachers are able to use its flexibility to continue assessment during this period of remote learning.  As a result, students will continue to have the opportunity to complete their relevant qualification this year.

Please encourage your child to plan their time and keep up with deadlines.  Students can contact their subject teachers with any questions or concerns about an assessment.

Ngā mihi,

JAC BEASLEIGH
Deputy Principal

 

FRIDAY,  APRIL 24 UPDATE – INFORMATION FOR YEAR 9 & 10 STUDENTS WHO NEED TO ATTEND SCHOOL DURING ALERT LEVEL 3

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Please find below the details which outline the school programme for our Year 9 and 10 students who are attending school during Level 3 of our nation’s Covid-19 response. The safety and wellbeing of students, staff and their households is very important to us, so please discuss these points with your child.

· The school day will start at 8.45am and conclude at 3.15pm. Students will be supervised in a bubble of no more than 10 students while they work on their distance learning programme throughout the day. There is the possibility they will take part in some physical activity during these times. Please let us know if you do not wish for <first name> to take part.

· Full school uniform must be worn.

· Students need to bring their digital device (laptop, tablet and headphones etc) to school.

· If travelling by car, students must be dropped off and picked up outside the school gate.

· If students are unwell they will need to stay at home and the school must be notified each day they do not attend. Please email: lhadfield@lbc.school.nz

· Students must meet outside the ‘Function Room’ (located under the staffroom) near the International Student entrance at 8.40am and will need to maintain safe social distancing (two metres apart).

· Morning tea and lunchtime will be supervised and students need to bring a drink and food as the canteen will not be open. All wrappers, bottles and rubbish must be taken home.

· Our Medical Assistant will be on-site each school day during Alert Level 3.

· Good hygiene practices will be promoted such as cough and sneeze etiquette, hand washing and sanitising (please let us know if your child is allergic to hand sanitiser) and cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces will be maintained.

· While requirements are for students to remain two metres apart outside and one metre inside, we will be promoting two metre social distancing at all times.

If you wish to make contact with school at any stage, please email lmartin@lbc.school.nz or call the College on 09 477-9009, extension 444.

Kia kaha Long Bay,

CJ Healey

Tumuaki / Principal

 

FRIDAY,  APRIL 24 UPDATE – MESSAGE TO ALL STUDENTS FROM PRINCIPAL, MR HEALEY

I hope you are all well and that the lockdown period has been a positive time for you. I know that the distance learning presents challenges but I am so proud of you and also of our teachers and support staff for the way that everyone has adapted so well and accepted the changes to teaching and learning through digital programmes.

It won’t be long until we return to normality. It will be great to hear everyone’s voices and see everyone around our school again. As I have said before, a school is not a school without its people.

I know that some students are worried about their learning under the current circumstances. I’d like to encourage you to simply do your best; engage with your teachers and your efforts will be rewarded.

Long Bay College staff are here to support you, so if you need anything, please feel free to contact us by email.

Please see the following key dates:

Monday 27 April       – ANZAC Day observed (Public holiday)
Tuesday 28 April       – Teacher Only Day (no lessons)
Wednesday 29 April – Digital Learning continues (on-line classroom DAY 3)

Kia kaha Long Bay,

Mr Healey

Tumuaki / Principal

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 21  UPDATE – IMPACT OF RETURNING TO ALERT LEVEL 3 (TUESDAY, APRIL 28) FOR YEAR 9 & 10 STUDENTS

Dear Parents and Caregivers of students in Years 9 and 10,

We hope remote learning is going well in Week Two for your Long Bay College student and we thank you for all your support in engaging our students, your children, in their learning.

Yesterday, the Government advised that New Zealand will move to COVID Alert Level 3 on Monday, 27 April at 11.59pm. Long Bay College will open to receive some students from Wednesday 29 April.

The key outcomes of this decision which will affect <First Name> are as follows:

· Our physical school remains closed for instruction to all senior students and the majority of Year 9 and Year 10 students.
· If you can, you should keep your child at home during Alert Level 3 and we will
continue to support them with remote learning.
· You should only physically send your child to school if you need to i.e. they cannot be supervised at home.
· If your child or a family member has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep your child at home.
· If your child is sick, please keep them at home.

Those students who are attend school onsite will be undertaking exactly the same digital learning as those that remain at home and will be supervised by staff, who themselves will be leading their own classes. This is far from ideal but is necessitated by the circumstances.

To register your Year 9/10 child for onsite attendance at school during Alert Level 3 you must reply to the email sent April 21 with the following details by 12pm on Thursday, 23 April, and only if there is no supervision available at home:

Student Name:
Year Level:
Address as of 29 April:
Mode of transport for getting to and from school:
If using bus(es), please state route number/s:

Once enrolled for onsite attendance, it is expected that they will attend every school day unless they are sick, in which case the usual absence procedure should be followed.

Specific instructions will be emailed to each family who has registered their child to attend school onsite.

The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health are working closely together to develop clear guidance to support schools to safely re-open their premises for students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet to help protect everyone who needs to be on our school site from 29 April and beyond.

We appreciate your patience at this time and thank you again for helping us to put our people first.

Key dates:
Monday, 27 April – ANZAC Day observed (Public holiday)
Tuesday, 28 April – Teacher Only Day (no school)
Wednesday, 29 April – Digital Learning continues

Ngā mihi,

CJ HEALEY
Tumuaki / Principal

 

IMPACT OF ALERT LEVEL 3 (TUESDAY, APRIL 28) FOR STUDENTS IN YEARS 11, 12 & 13 

On Monday, 20 April, the Government advised that New Zealand will move to COVID Alert Level 3 on Monday, 27 April at 11.59pm.

As a result of this decision, our physical school site remains closed for instruction to all students over 14 years (our senior students) during Alert Level 3.

In relation to NCEA qualifications, at this stage, there are no current plans for NZQA to change the qualification requirements. This statement should not cause alarm as the flexible nature of the qualification allows us to be agile in designing our courses and assessments. What it does highlight is the need for our senior students to remain engaged, seek support and to set themselves up for success on their return to school.

We appreciate your patience at this time and thank you again for helping us to put our people first.

Key dates:
Monday, 27 April – ANZAC Day observed (Public holiday)
Tuesday, 28 April – Teacher Only Day (no school)
Wednesday, 29 April – Digital Learning continues

Ngā mihi,

CJ HEALEY
Tumuaki / Principal

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 9 UPDATE – GETTING READY FOR TERM TWO (WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 8.45AM)

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

It is great news that the COVID-19 statistics are improving for our nation. However, as yet, there is no further information about when the ‘lockdown’ will be lifted. Long Bay College will be continuing with our online learning programme, which will resume on Wednesday 15 April when students begin Term Two and attend online classes as per Day 6 of the College’s rotational timetable. To check which lessons are scheduled, please visit the parent portal, accessible through our college website.

Please see a plan for a daily routine that provides advice, guidance and direction for structuring your child’s school day. Daily routine for Remote Learning

We ask for your support with the following:

  • Please ensure your child is working at their devices and following their designated timetable, so that our staff can support their learning. There is no expectation for you to teach.
  • Make sure students’ part-time jobs are not interfering with the school day. Any short term gain through a job could be detrimental to your child’s educational progress.

If you have any questions about remote learning, many of the answers can be found on our website here. The parents’ guide is particularly useful.

A lot of work has been completed to ensure that our students absence from a physical school environment has the least possible impact on their overall development. We appreciate your help to ensure our students fully utilise our digital capability, and we thank you in advance for your support with this.

Have a fantastic Easter.

Ngā mihi,

CJ HEALEY
Tumuaki / Principal

 

MONDAY, APRIL 6  UPDATE – MINISTRY SURVEY ABOUT DIGITAL LEARNING AND GETTING READY FOR TERM TWO

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I hope that the circumstances you find yourselves in at present are positive and that you and your families are finding some valuable ways to connect with each other during this time together.

There is one more week to go of the school holidays before we reengage with teaching and learning via our digital platform, Microsoft Teams. We were extremely pleased with how well our remote learning processes worked during the last two days of Term One. This week, we recommend you check in with your child to ensure they are set up to begin their online studies again next week. We’re looking forward to seeing them again in cyber space.

The term ‘home schooling’ is rather overused in the media at present, in reference to children’s remote learning. As parents of students at Long Bay College, we simply ask you to ensure your child is engaged in their studies by using their devices to connect to our Microsoft Teams platform and completing their school work as per their timetabled classes. You are certainly not expected to teach.

To assist with the digital programme and to help make sure your child can keep up with their learning at home, the Ministry of Education is asking for up-to-date information on your child’s year level, lockdown physical address and any resources your child needs to support their online learning. To assist with this, can you complete the linked survey, if you have not already done so here.

The Ministry will use the information to identify where devices and hard copy learning resources may need to be delivered. We may contact you to check the details we have for your child are correct. We have already lent out laptops to many of our students, but this latest process is designed to ensure that all of our learners have the opportunity to engage. Resources are limited and it may take time to get them to learners who need them most, so the sooner we are able to get this information to the Ministry the better.

If your child is learning in and through te reo Māori, you can register for a te reo Māori and Māori medium hard learning pack on Kauwhata Reo. We know that some of our whānau don’t have internet access, so anyone can register for a pack on behalf of a child, including their kaiako and teachers. No special permissions are required. The registration form can be accessed here.

Thanks very much for your support.

Ngā mihi,

CJ HEALEY
Tumuaki / Principal

 

MONDAY, MARCH 30 UPDATE

View a video of Long Bay College’s Principal, Mr CJ Healey, with a message for the end of Term One and in light of the COVID-19 lockdown here.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 UPDATE

– LAST DAY OF TERM ONE, MOE SURVEY, RESOURCES FOR LEARNING AT HOME, MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT, INTERNET & DATA CAPS

Kia ora koutou,
 
We have started into a new phase of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 and it is very different than anything most of us have ever experienced.  I wanted to reassure you that our school staff and Board of Trustees will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the coming weeks.

Our online learning has commenced and on the whole with great success. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from students, community and staff and I would like to acknowledge those who have worked diligently to make, what only 10 days ago seemed like an impossibility, a fully functioning reality. There will be more on this in our upcoming Newsletter and social media platforms.

Below we have provided some information and links that may support you and your family during this time.

We are working with the Ministry of Education (MoE) to support students and families with our new remote learning environment. We are endeavouring to provide the right resources to the right people at the right time. To enable us to do this, with the MoE’s support, could you complete this short survey:
ICT Support Information here.

Information and resources to support wellbeing and support learning at home
You will understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, for example you’re now working from home, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring and promote health and physical wellbeing.

The Ministry of Education has developed a resource for parents, caregivers, whānau and family, which you can find here.

The Ministry of Health’s website includes top ways to look after your mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown, please find it here.

I AM HOPE is the youth and community focused support group run by The Key to Life Charitable Trust, started by Mike King, please find a link here.  

Nathan Wallis has some helpful videos on his Facebook page for parents and whānau, here.

The Mental Health Foundation has tips for looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19, available here

The Health Promotion Agency helps New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety. A link to their website can be found here.  

25 Mental Health Wellness Tips during Quarantine from Eileen M Feliciano, Psy.D. Although overseas-based, this is a good list and highlights some things particularly important for children. Remember the rules of New Zealand’s Level 4 Lockdown still apply. Find it here

For our Pacific families – the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available. A one-hour special will be aired on Tagata Pasifika’s segment on Saturday, March 27 at 9am; and on Sunday, March 28 at 7.35am.Tagata Pasifika will share messages from community leaders. The Ministry is asking you to reach out to all your family members, community groups, friends and group chats to ensure our Pacific community groups are watching the programming on both days.

Support with Internet access and data caps
Here is some good news to support you if you are either working at home and/or studying at home: Spark, Vodafone, Vocus/Slingshot, 2Degrees and Trustpower have all advised they have removed their data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage. Please see the links to those major companies below if you need further support with this.

SPARK says they are, “Removing overage charges for customers who are on data-capped broadband plans, so they won’t have to worry about paying extra to stay connected. This applies to both small and medium business and consumer customers;”

VODAFONE says, “The removal of data caps from data-capped Broadband plans for consumers and small to medium sized businesses until at least the end of June 2020”

VOCUS/SLINGSHOT  says,”We removed all the data caps from our plans to better enable you to work from home during this time of social distancing and self-isolation.”

2DEGREES – “Any customer who was on a limited data plan on or before Friday, March 20 will now receive unlimited data through until June 2020.”

A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown so seriously. As the Prime Minister has noted, staying at home will break the chain and save lives; breaking the rules could risk someone close to you, and if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lock down period becoming extended or could risk the virus spreading to thousands.

We will continue to communicate over the coming weeks through email and also through our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

We wish you and your families all the best. Stay safe and look after yourselves, your families and those in our community.

Ngā mihi,

CJ HEALEY
Tumuaki / Principal

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 UPDATE

– LONG BAY COLLEGE SITE NOW OFF LIMITS & NZ POLICE SHARE IMPORTANT VIDEO MESSAGES

Long Bay College is now physically closed as of Wednesday, March 25, 3.15pm and will remain closed until further notice. Under the conditions of Level 4 of the Governments Covid-19 response, our school grounds are off limits until further notice. We ask students and members of our community to please respect this.

NEW ZEALAND POLICE EXPLAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING EXPECTATIONS

The New Zealand Police have shared video links explaining the parameters around social distancing over the next four weeks. Please see the links below for translations in a number of different languages. Please share these links with family and friends.

English

Samoan

Tongan

Cook Islands

Niuean

Kiribati

Fijian

Fijian Hindi

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 24 UPDATE – REMOTE LEARNING

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As we informed you yesterday, the Government’s latest announcement is for full school closure, a situation we have been preparing for in recent days here at Long Bay College. We are well able to support your children with their learning during the period of closure through digital learning and our Microsoft Teams platform. Our objectives are to continue the teaching and learning processes and to maintain routines, normality and structure to each of the days, even while the school is required to be physically closed.

Remote learning start date

Our teachers will be ready to connect with your children to work remotely with them online from 8.45am on Thursday, 26 March (Day 4 of the rotational timetable) and Friday, 27 March (Day 5 of the rotational timetable). Students will need to follow their usual timetable each day. Friday will be the last day of Term One.

After the two-week holiday period we will return to online learning on Wednesday, 15 April (Day 6 of the rotational timetable) until the government advises otherwise.  This means lessons will be delivered via our online platform (Microsoft Teams). It is not intended that we will live stream all lessons. Rather, we will run an online timetable for all students across our usual timetabled lessons. Students must ensure they complete the set work in a timely fashion across each school day and use the structured check-in/lesson times to communicate with their teacher(s) via the platforms we are using.

Remote learning guidelines and support

Please see further information for the online learning guidelines attached to this email and also available through our website here.

New school holiday dates

The Ministry of Education has stated that school holidays shall now start earlier, beginning from Monday, 30 March to Tuesday, 14 April inclusive. Term Two begins on Wednesday, 15 April.

As a school, we appreciate that each family will be operating under different circumstances with regards to access to IT equipment. Further, some families with parents working from home and with children at different schools may have competing demands for the same equipment.  While we appreciate this level of complication, we expect as much work as possible to be completed. Your children will need your support, guidance and engagement to organise their time effectively, especially if your home circumstances mean it is not possible for your child to consistently complete their work during the timetabled lesson period.

Our teaching staff have been absolutely superb in preparing for and reacting to this whole situation and will be available for your children to contact during the normal scheduled lessons. We encourage communication during these designated times. As a family, be supportive of the fact that our teachers will also be looking after their own family’s needs during these times. Please respect this by encouraging contact during term time and lesson time.

Yours sincerely, 

 

CJ Healey 

Tumaki/Principal 

 

 

MONDAY, MARCH 23 UPDATE – SCHOOL CLOSURE

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I am writing in support of the decision made by our Government at 1.30pm today that sees us moving towards a Level 4 nationwide response to COVID-19. I believe this to be a fantastic decision to safeguard the immediate future of New Zealand.

As such, only those students whose parents are essential workers will have provision made for them at school for the next two days. These students are to report to the school Reception at 8.40am. There is no requirement for our other students to physically attend school until further notice.

Please note that the faculties will be open from between 12pm and 2pm tomorrow for students to be able to collect any physical resources they require to continue their learning. Our Faculty Heads from Classical Studies, Science, Music, Visual Arts and Technology will be in contact to notify your children of the resource availability and pick-up locations.

Today, we held a very successful Professional Learning Development day for our staff. This day has ensured that as a teaching group we will be ready to deliver our curriculum digitally from 8.45am, Thursday March 26 (Day 4 on our timetable), using our Microsoft Teams platform.  More details on the specific outline of this programme will follow in due course.

As parents and caregivers, I implore you to engage with your son or daughter’s learning by frequently checking in with them about their schoolwork, discussing the tasks they have been set and ensuring students continue to follow routines. Exercise, appropriate social contact, structured leisure time, and calm, rational explanations about the situation will also be important in the coming days. Please ensure that your sons and daughters adhere to the solitary guidelines as stated by the Prime Minister.

If you have any specific concerns about COVID-19, contact your GP or the 24-hour COVID-19 health line number – 0800 358 5453 or the websites above.

Yours sincerely, 

 

CJ Healey 

Tumaki/Principal 

 

Please complete the Digital Capability Survey

We ask that parents/caregivers urgently assist us with our planning to deliver education online should our College close in light of COVID-19. Please complete our short survey about your home’s digital capabilities. Click to complete the survey here. Thank you in advance for your support.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 21 UPDATE

Talking to children and young people about COVID-19

Source:  www.education.govt.nz

Given the rise in the number of reported cases, there may be children or young people in your life who experience distress. As a trusted adult, you can help reassure and educate them about COVID-19. It can be good to talk to them now, so they can understand the illness and be reassured.

A useful resource for parents, caregivers whanau and teachers to talk about the virus with children and young people can be found here.

This can also be downloaded as an information sheet.

Up-to-date information and advice

A reminder that information and advice for students, whānau and the education sector is available here

While the website is being regularly updated with education-related content, the Ministry of Health is the Government agency leading the response to COVID-19

The Secretary for Education joined the Director-General of Health for the Ministry of Health’s COVID 19 update today. You can view that, and all Ministry of Health updates here.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 19 UPDATE

The evolution of the COVID-19 virus worldwide makes the closure of New Zealand schools, at some stage, a possibility. As a school, we are currently ensuring that we are capable of delivering effective education to your children, if they are prevented from physically attending school.

We are developing our Microsoft Teams platform to ensure that all the relevant resources are accessible digitally from off-site and we are working to set up the platform, so that it can assist us in being able to communicate as a class group and even video conference if necessary, during the designated timetabled class times.

Establishing these tools requires a great amount of technical support, platform development, testing and upskilling of our teaching staff. As such, the school will be closed for an unanticipated Professional Learning Day (staff only) to allow our staff to be upskilled, on Monday, 23 March.  School will be open for full instruction the following day, Tuesday,  24 March.

Please take the time to complete the important attached survey re. internet provision and device availability so that we can take this information into account when planning.
Digital Survey here.

In terms of what else we are doing to ensure Long Bay College is a safe place for your children we continue to follow Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Government advice:

  • On Saturday of last week, we made the decision to cancel all assemblies at the school until further notice.
  • We have cancelled or postponed several international, domestic and sporting trips. The sporting bodies have also directed schools to postpone trials, training and any preseason games. We will be following this advice and postponing all winter sports trials, trainings, pre-season games and we have withdrawn from College Sport fixtures for the remainder of this term.
  • As a precautionary measure, we have upgraded our cleaning regime to include disinfecting all door handles, keyboards and work surfaces on a daily basis, as well as deploying hand sanitizers in key areas of the school with many more on order.

The situation is evolving with each passing day but please be assured that the wellbeing and academic development of each of your children is of paramount importance to us.

Yours sincerely,

CJ HEALEY
Tumuaki / Principal

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 13 UPDATE

The World Health Organisation has now declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. As noted by the Minister of Health, this doesn’t change what New Zealand is doing to respond to coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health has been working through its pandemic plan since January. You will also know the Government has already implemented a range of measures to minimise the impacts to New Zealand. This includes border restrictions, a requirement to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand from China, Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea and immediate and detailed contact tracing of any confirmed cases. It is important to note those four countries account for more than 90% of cases globally and China and the Republic of Korea have significantly declining numbers of new cases.

New Zealand has five confirmed cases of COVID-19 and it is pleasing to know everyone is doing well at home.  Their children, four students at Auckland schools, continue to be well and show no symptoms. While we expect that more cases will arise, the Ministry of Health says that with continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low in New Zealand. We all have a role to play in this.

For our school, our pandemic plan is also ready to be implemented if needed. In the mean time we will continue to focus on good hygiene practices. Hand washing and good cough etiquette are very important tools in preventing the spread of illness including colds, flu and COVID-19.

With that, there is a good video clip from Nanogirl that will help your children to better understand the virus – YouTube clip – Nanogirl

You may have also seen the Prime Minister with Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Juliet Gerrard, talk about coronavirus:

We can all be vigilant about our own health and the health of our children. I will be encouraging staff to stay away from school if they are showing signs of illness such as coughs and colds. I ask that you please do the same with your children. Colds and flus are common in schools and by staying away, seeking medical attention and practicing good hygiene, we can all keep any spread of illness to a minimum.

Yours sincerely,

CJ HEALEY
Tumuaki / Principal




 
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