ST JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC
Principal’s Message – September 4
Thank you for your support through Alert Level 2.5. The Prime Minister has announced that we are continuing with Alert Level 2.5. On Monday 14 September Cabinet will review the Alert Level settings.
This Principal’s Message will cover the following topics:
- Alert Level 2.5
- Face Coverings
- Student Led Conferences
- Online Programme of Learning
- Student’s Learning From Home
Alert Level 2.5
- The Alert Level 2.5 measures that were published last week remain in place
- Thank you for your support of these measures
- No parents are to enter the learning spaces between 8 am and 3.30 pm
- Drop off and Pick Up will continue as they have been done this week
- We ask that parents let their child walk into the school grounds on their own at the beginning of the day
- Parents entering the school at the end of the day, are asked to wear a mask, stay 2 metres away from other adults and children, and to scan the school QR code on entry
- Students can be collected from outside their classrooms from 2.15 pm till 2.50 pm
- The gate will open at 2.50 pm and students will be called to their car
- Parents can still park their cars and walk in to collect their child from their learning space
- Please have your child’s name and home group number clearly displayed in the car windscreen
Face Coverings (MOE/MOH)
- Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering will be supported to do so (students are not be required to wear face coverings in schools).
- Students aged 12 and above are required to wear a face covering when on public transport (there are some exemptions including for health reasons).
- For school transport, bus drivers are wearing face coverings, but children and young people are not required to wear face coverings.
- Face coverings are an extra protective physical barrier to help keep people safe. Hand washing, good cough and sneeze etiquette, cleaning surfaces regularly, staying away if unwell and physical distancing from people you don’t know all contribute to minimising spread of illness.
“With the other public health measures we have put in place in schools and early learning services, coupled with the reduced risk of transmission at Alert Level 2, we consider the risk of infection is low.”
“Compared to other places, schools and early learning services are not environments where we have seen significant spread of COVID-19. Household members and work colleagues who are in close contact with people with COVID-19, are the most common sources of transmission.”
Dr Caroline McElnay – Director of Public Health
See our FAQs for face coverings for further information.
Student Led Conferences
- Student led conferences are an important part of the school’s reporting process. They provide an opportunity for the student to share their learning with their parents, and with the support of the teacher
- According to the Ministry of Education these can be run during Alert level 2.5, with the appropriate safety measures in place
- Teachers will contact parents and arrange a day and time for your child’s student led conference, if you have not already had one prior to the lockdown
- No student led conferences will occur between 8 am and 3.30 pm
- Parents are to wear a mask, hand sanitise on entry to the learning space, and will be seated 2 metres from the teacher
- We will endavour to ensure all student led conferences will occur before the end of this term
Online Programme of Learning
- This will remain online for the next week
- Parents of vulnerable students choosing to keep their children home please complete the online absence form
- School events will be happening when we return to Alert level 1.
Thank you for your continued support. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads in our school community. May it be a great day for you.
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