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COVID-19 UPDATES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS & FAMILIES

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2020

Good evening to our students, parents, caregivers and agents,

We’re looking forward to welcoming all our International students back at school tomorrow as all staff and students return following the news that we are moving back to Alert Level 2.

Our school health and safety plan is in place, and please be reassured that we’ll continue to do everything we can to keep everyone safe.

We have already reminded our International students in our online Assemblies to continue with good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing when out and about, and staying at home if they are sick.

The Prime Minister has announced that face coverings will be required on public transport from tomorrow, at Alert Level 2 and above. This does not apply to school transport (we have good systems in place to manage safety on school transport).

Students do not need to wear face masks at school. Other public health control measures are in place, including students and staff staying at home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements. However, if students prefer to wear face masks, that’s fine.

We will continue to hold online Assemblies through EAP with our International students, to make sure they are fully informed and understand what is happening.

As we now get ready for welcoming our students back in school, we’d also like to give our thanks to our host families for all the extra support they have given the students during this latest period of lockdown.

Warm regards,

Jayne Jones, Deputy Principal International

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2020

The New Zealand Government has decided today that the country will remain in the current alert levels for twelve more days until the end of the 26th August, with Auckland remaining in Alert Level 3 for a full two weeks.

Thirty active cases of COVID-19 have now been linked to the one community outbreak identified this week in Auckland. The Government acted fast to stem the spread when cases were discovered; there are already signs the latest cluster was found early in its life.

We have reiterated to all students that it is important to be vigilant but remain calm. Testing is only needed and permitted if there has been close contact with an active case or if symptoms are present. None of our students are in this situation.

Online learning has now been re-established in all classes, and resources have been effectively distributed. Teachers will continue to support students on our digital platform.

So far, we have held two online Assemblies for our International students over the past two days to ensure that they are fully informed of the current situation and understand what they need to so to keep themselves and others safe. The main points we have highlighted are as follows:

  • Stay at home unless you are going out for a walk or getting essential goods from the supermarket.
  • Do not meet up with friends.
  • Only go to the supermarket if it’s absolutely essential. Ask your host family.
  • Remember social distancing – 2 metres apart.
  • Use hand sanitiser, and wash and dry your hands regularly.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Wear a face mask if you go outside where possible.
  • Enjoy time with your host family. Join them for activities and help out with chores.
  • Avoid public transport.
  • Keep to your normal routines where possible.
  • Keep active, and stay calm and positive. 
  • Get regular sleep.

We will hold a further online International Assembly at 1.30pm on Monday, to provide them with the latest updates and answer any questions they may have.

On Monday, we will also set up check-in groups again, where International staff and EAP teachers will start to phone round to check on the wellbeing of all our International students. Please be reassured that additional support will be provided where needed.

Huge thanks to all our caregivers who are working hard to make sure the transition to Alert Level 3 has gone smoothly and safely.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns or queries. As always, our top priority is the safety, good health and wellbeing of our students.

Warm regards,

Jayne Jones, Deputy Principal International

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2020

Further to my notice in Assembly this morning about the collection of resources, please note that this is only for a small number of students and only if a teacher has notified you today that you are allowed to come in to pick items up in a particular subject.

It is mainly for specific practical subjects with portfolio work where teachers have identified an urgent need for certain items to be collected.

It is not for a general collection of resources, due to Health and Safety concerns.

Only come in to collect resources if your teacher has emailed you to do so, and make sure you follow the safety precautions we went over on the Powerpoint in Assembly (now in Teams).

Online lessons will only be operating in Periods 3-5 again tomorrow, so that teachers can prepare their classes, given the relative shortness of preparation time that has been available to them.

Warm regards,

Jayne Jones, Deputy Principal International

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020 3 of 3

Further to Mr. Healey’s email to you, the school is now physically closed until further notice due to the current Level 3 Auckland response to COVID-19.

Please note the following points as regards your classes:

  • Online learning will recommence on Microsoft Teams tomorrow at 11.20am (Thursday, Day 1 of the rotational cycle, Period 3)
  • From this point and until further notice, we will continue following the normal daily timetable.
  • All key resources and information for accessing our online learning can be found at https://www.longbaycollege.com/remote-learning/
  • It is really important at this time that you keep up with your learning and making progress.
  • Log on to your Class Team at normal lesson times to be supported by your teachers.
  • If you are unable to join the Team please email your classroom teacher.
  • You must not come into school for any reason during Alert Level 3.
  • Regularly check your school emails for additional communication from us.

In general during Level 3:

  • Stay at home unless you are going out for a walk. Do not meet up with friends.
  • Only go out if it’s absolutely essential to get something you need from the supermarket.
  • Avoid public transport.
  • Remember social distancing – 1 metre apart.
  • Use hand sanitiser, and wash and dry your hands regularly.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Wear a face mask if you go outside where possible.
  • Enjoy time with your host family – join them for activities and help out with chores.
  • Keep to your normal routines where possible.
  • It is important to remember to stay at home now but keep active.
  • Get regular sleep.

There will be a brief online International Assembly tomorrow at 1.30pm on Teams. You will be sent an invitation shortly.

We understand your concerns, confusion and nervousness about the current situation, as well as your wanting to see your friends and go out. However, you must take no risks, for everyone’s safety. Stay calm and follow the instructions from the Government. Talk to your host families if you are unsure.

Feel free contact any one of us in the International Department whenever you need to, or if you have any questions. We will keep you updated. If you want to talk to me about something urgently , my cellphone is 0274732555.

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 also visit the COVID-19 pages at https://www.health.govt.nz/

All COVID-19 notifications will also be posted under the COVID-19 tab on our school website, along with the Remote Learning information and guidelines.

The Government will give us all more information tomorrow. Remember – we will get through this together! 😊

Warm regards,

Jayne Jones, Deputy Principal International

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020 2 of 3

Further to Mr. Healey’s email, we would like to reiterate the following points for you to check that our International students have fully understood what is happening now that we are in Alert Level 3:

  • Online learning will recommence on Microsoft Teams tomorrow at 11.20am (Thursday, Day 1 of the rotational cycle, Period 3)
  • They must not come into school for any reason during Alert Level 3.

We’d really appreciate your support to help students to pick up their online learning again. Please encourage them to keep to their routines and remind them that they should regularly check their school emails for additional communication from us. An email will follow to them shortly to inform them that there will be a brief online International Assembly tomorrow at 1.30pm.

All COVID-19 notifications will also be posted under the COVID-19 tab on our website, along with Remote Learning information and guidelines.

Please remind the students the importance of staying at home now but keeping active. We will also reinforce this message with them. We all understand their concerns and nervousness about the current situation and their desire to see their friends and go out, but they must take no risks, for everyone’s safety.

Feel free contact any one of us in the International Department if you have any questions. We will keep you updated.

Warm regards,

Jayne Jones, Deputy Principal International

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020 1 of 3

Our Government has just announced that Auckland is going into Lockdown (Level 3 Alert) from 12:00 today (12/08/2020) following the discovery of 4 cases of COVID-19 in a family in South Auckland.

The school will be closed with immediate effect.

Please be reassured that our students’ safety and wellbeing remain our top priority as always.

We will update you as soon as we have more information.

Warm regards,

Jayne Jones, Deputy Principal International

 

 




 
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