Level 2 Update
Kia ora tātou
This afternoon, the Prime Minister confirmed that New Zealand is moving to Level 2 at midnight on Wednesday 13 May. This is what it will mean for us at Hagley:
Remote learning is continuing until Friday 15 May
At Alert Level 2, schools are safe environments for our students and staff. Public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.
We’re looking forward to welcoming students and staff back to our day programmes at Hagley from Monday 18 May. We start at 8.30am in tutor groups, then move to normal timetable at 9.25.
Our After 3 programmes and Community Language Learning programmes [Champion St site] are continuing with remote learning next week, then starting onsite classes from 25 May.
The key public health approach is 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, if someone in a school is infected.
Good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are in place. We want to give you some specifics about the steps we’re taking at Hagley:
- Hand sanitiser dispensers are in each teaching space.
- Anti-bacterial wipes are in teaching spaces where there is shared equipment, like computer key boards.
- We’re asking our staff and students to use hand sanitiser and wipes regularly throughout the school day, particularly when finishing with shared equipment or when leaving a classroom.
- Our school nurse and property manager are prioritising any hygiene supplies top ups required throughout the school during the day.
- We have additional cleaning staff. Regular cleaning of toilets, as well as common areas and commonly touched surfaces including hand rails, door handles is occurring during the school day.
- We are increasing staff on duty in areas where students congregate to encourage good practices.
- The school is thoroughly cleaned at the end of each school day.
Maintaining physical distancing where practicable – in schools at Alert Level 2, this means students and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other. There is no minimum distance requirement for schools at Alert Level 2.
We need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2. As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid’s not measles or chickenpox, it doesn’t hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don’t have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their ‘moist breath’ zone”.
So at Hagley, if you can smell the person’s breath or feel that you are in that “moist breath” zone, move a little further away. Avoid touching others and where practicable keep a metre distance between you and others. We’d like our students and staff to be aware of these guidelines, to be responsible and to apply them.
Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they are unwell. For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/
Please bring your own food and drink next week – please note regarding the Hagley café
The café will not be selling any food or drinks in the first week back at school (18 -22 May). Please ensure that you bring your own lunch and water bottle. The café is likely to re-open for food and drink sales on Monday 25 May but will offer a limited range of packaged food. The Café will be available for seating and as a social space.
Minimising sharing of equipment
Wherever possible, students are asked to bring their own laptops and personal stationery to school.
If you were delivered a school laptop, please return the laptop and charger to the IT office before school on Monday 18 May.
Students should also bring water bottles as the drinking fountains will only be able to be used to refill bottles.
Taking Buses to school
Any students who usually bus to school should be aware that there may be some disruption to bus services and limited seating. The school is aware of these restraints and will be accommodating if students find themselves having bus issues leading to lateness. Please go straight to class if you are late to school – do not sign in at the front office.
Students not attending should contact our attendance line on (03) 379 3090. Caregivers can also email through absences by emailing email@example.com or by using the school app.
Hagley College welcomes refugee background and migrant learners to Christchurch.
We work together with other schools and organisations to help you learn English and receive the help you need to successfully integrate into New Zealand life. Whether you are a child, young person or adult, we can give you information about schools and services across the Canterbury region. As well as learning English, you can come to Hagley to meet people, find someone who speaks your language and make links with organisations related to Health, Housing and so on.
Living happily in Christchurch means participating in your community, gaining skills and qualifications, and finding a job. Using English, as well as your own language, will help you feel confident, healthy and that you belong.
Hagley College is a place for all people of all communities to come together and learn. We welcome you, your language and culture. We thank you for your contribution to enriching our College and communities in Christchurch.