MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL – ALERT LEVEL 2 – WESLEY COLLEGE REOPENING

Kia Ora whanau

 

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday confirming we will be moving to Alert Level 2, Wesley College will reopen on Monday, 18 May

 This means:

  • Monday, May 18:
    Hostels open – boarders return after 3pm     –      Teacher only day
  • Tuesday, May 19:
    Full school recommences – day students return to school before 8.20am.
    Chapel will be in te whare Angitu (Rec centre) at 8.35am

We look forward to welcoming all our students and staff and, you can be assured that we are well prepared for your return. In time we will provide as much information as possible to hopefully answer any questions you may have.

In the meantime, there is some basic guidelines particularly around how the hostels will operate.

Important: If your child has a school or Ministry of Education device, these are to be handed in on your child’s return to the school along with the charger.

Please note, due to the unprecedented times we have been in there are some changes to our term dates.

  • Mid-term Exeat – Queens Birthday 29 May – 1 June:

Thursday, May 28: Students may leave for the long weekend after school.

Monday, 1 June: Hostels open, boarders return after 3pm.

Tuesday, 2 June: Full school recommences, day students return by 8.20am.

  • Friday, July 3 – last day of Term 3:

Academic Mentoring conferences will take place as postponed from end of term 1.

NO Teacher Only Day as planned.

Returning to school

 Unlike Level 3, there are no longer ‘bubbles’ and staff are able to work between groups of students within public health guidelines.

The public health guidelines that must be implemented include:

If you are sick at all, stay at home

  • Parents, whanau and caregivers will not be able to send their child to the boarding hostel or to school if day students, if they are sick
  • If they are onsite already, we will isolate the student or staff member and seek medical advice. Students/staff will remain in isolation until it is deemed safe by medical professionals to exit.
  • Students and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. There does not need to be a specific measurement but where practicable 1 metre should be used as a guide, particularly between adults.
  • Hand sanitiser will be in all common spaces.  Soap, water and the ability to dry hands must be provided in bathrooms.
  • Where practicable we need to ensure that students and staff regularly wash and dry hands, cough and sneeze into their elbow, and try to avoid touching their face.
  • Recreational activities can include access to sports equipment but hygiene practice should be observed before and after playing with equipment.
  • Contact tracing registers must be set up and identify which students and adults are on site. This includes recording visitors to the site, including parents.

 Providing a safe boarding environment

Our Hostel is a safe environment for students and staff. Additional public health control measures will be in place to prevent the spread of the disease and to support contact tracing. The hostel is not considered a place of mass gathering as we are a controlled environment. The only exception to this is where people from outside the boarding house may be attending a function or event.

Our goal is to open within a structure that:

  • promotes safety for all within Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health guidelines
  • ensures all public health measures are in place, and
  • allows for the safe return for all students and staff

The overriding principles for Alert Level 2 are:

  • to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place
  • and to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in our boarding and day school is infected.

The key controls for our boarding school are:

  • ensure people/students with COVID-19 symptoms or who are generally sick, stay away from the hostel if they are due to return. If they already in the hostel strict isolation measures must be implemented.
  • maintain physical distancing (this means children, young people, and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other)
  • ensure good hygiene practices
  • keep track of people that enter our hostels/school
  • boarders will not be allowed off the premises until after June 1st other than for scheduled activity or approved leave.
  • weekend leave is permitted but we ask that students taking leave only do so to their home or caregivers.
  • there are no visits from parents/caregivers/whanau allowed to the hostels until at least after June 1st.

 

Ngā mihi nui

Dr Brian Evans
ONZM
BA, Dip Tch, MEd,
Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

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