Kia ora whānau, parents and caregivers of Bledisloe School,

We are very excited to be welcoming back our students on Monday 18th of May. The following list outlines the things we need you to think about so that we can do this safely and within the guidelines of Covid-19 Alert Level 2. Important things to help in this process are;

  • Children who are not enrolled in Before School Care are not to arrive at school until 8.30am

  • If your child can walk or scooter safely by themselves that is great!

  • Our drive and drop system will be in place. Parents will not be able to leave their cars. 

  • Teachers will be at the Bowling Club, Windsor Terrace and front courts to meet, great and escort children to their classroom waiting areas

  • Children will wait in a group to enter their class, and will sanitise or wash their hands before coming inside. Juniors will wait in the assembly area, Middle School on the concrete and grass outside Mānuka (8) and Rimu (7) and Senior School on the concrete area outside Rongokako (13) and Hikurangi (14).

 

  • The biggest change will be in the afternoon as parents will NOT be permitted ot enter the school grounds to pick up students. 

  • Children who go to Beyond the Bell will be sent directly to the hall

  • Children who attend School’s Out will be walking across the field to Peddie Street for pick up

  • Rooms 10-14 children and their siblings can be picked up from Bowling Club carpark (the extra grass area will also be open)

  • Rooms 5-8 children and their siblings will be picked up from Windsor Terrace

  • Rooms 1-4 children will be picked up from the front deck/courts area. 

Staff will bring children to you. Please wait by your car. 

  • Those children that walk or bike home will meet outside the office at 2.50pm and I will take them to the crossing with the road patrol monitors so they can leave safely. 

All of this will need us to be patient, adaptable and kind. We thank you for your help with this. 

 

Other things to consider; 

  • Each child needs to bring a named drink bottle to school. Our drinking fountains are still turned off and will remain that way.

  • Children will be permitted to be on the playgrounds and are able  to use sports equipment. There will be no games that involve close physical contact. 

  • Hand sanitiser will be used by every child and teacher leaving and entering the classroom. 

  • There will be no assemblies, whole school singing,  Kapa Haka performance group or sports teams.  

  • Good personal hygiene habits will be reinforced and taught. Students will keep far away enough from each other so they are not breathing on or touching each other. 

 

This seems like a very long list but it is important that we continue to practise these good habits so we can maintain the gains we have made as a community. As a staff, we are all very committed to making this return to school safe, welcoming and reassuring for your children. We understand that some students may be feeling anxious and uncertain and we promise that we will do our best to make this return to Bledisloe School a positive one. 

Please stay in touch and keep us informed of how you see your child adapting. We do believe that one of the most positive things to come out of this experience is the stronger relationships and understandings we have built with you, our whānau. Thank you for your support of your children’s learning and our programmes; you have been wonderful!

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takatini,

 My strength is not as an individual, but as part of a team”

 

Nga mihi nui

Carol Bevis 

Principal 

Bledisloe School