COVID19 UPDATE
29-04-2022

As we start Term 2 we wanted to share a few messages with you and remind you of our expectations to keep everyone as safe as possible

Masks: Compulsory
The board of Trustees initiated a compulsory mask policy in Term 1 and we believe this helped us stop the transmission of Covid at school. Whilst we know changes have been made in the orange light setting, we are going to continue with our mask policy. We know that over the holidays many of you would have travelled and caught up with different people from various parts of the country. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible, and we know this will make a huge difference. As a team we will continue to assess what is best, and then make appropriate decisions when necessary.

Highlight:

  • Congratulations to the Senior Boys’ Volleyball team who won the College Sport Wellington Regional Tournament - we are very proud of them!

80% Attendance:
We want to remind you that we expect all students to have at least 80% attendance if they are going to represent the school in sports, cultural or any school events. Covid is not an excuse, so please do the right things to ensure success.

What does success look like:

  • Be here on time
  • In every class
  • Perfect uniform
  • Bag/books/PE gear prepared ready to go
  • Great attitude, positive, ready to learn and ask questions
  • Follow our values
  • Work to the best of your ability - you will succeed!

Upcoming Events:

  • 4th May Booster clinic 16+
  • 11th May School and Whānau Kōrero 1.30-6.30 Note: school finishes at 12.35
  • 20th May Staff Only ACCORD Day

All the best for a productive and focused term.

Stay safe and take care,
Ngā mihi ki a koutou
Karen and the TC team.

COVID19 UPDATE
08-03-2022

As of tomorrow, Wednesday the 9th March we will be going ONLINE for our teaching and learning programmes. We intend to return back to school, in person, on Monday 21st March.

This means all students are to STAY AT HOME and learn via Google Classroom, except:

  • Meaningful Pathway 1 class in E3
  • Meaningful Pathway 2 class in F3
  • ORS Class in J3
  • Under 14s in the Knowledge Hub
  • If you are sending your U14 to school, please contact us so we know to expect them.

If symptomatic, the above students need to stay at home.

Whilst at home, if any student does get sick and tests positive for Covid, please call the school to let us know. It will be important that we have excellent communication.

Managing Online:
Students should Zoom, Google Meet or connect with their teachers in their normal timetabled lessons. Teachers will be setting up these meetings or connecting online, and ALL students are expected to join in and complete assigned work. Attendance will be monitored.

Sports:
If you are well and have no symptoms and are not isolating, sports programmes will still continue for you.

If you have any concerns please call the school.

It is important that we continue to take care of each other and show what whanaungatanga really means.

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui,

Ngā mihi ki a koutou

Tītiro whakarunga ki ngā puke
Karen and the TC team.

COVID19 UPDATE
23-02-2022

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and community is a top priority.

Since our first positive Covid case last week, all of the close contacts from 10I and 10ORZ have tested negative, and returned to school today. It is fantastic to have everyone back at school.

As a community we need to be aware that cases may continue to occur and increase.

Going forward, if we do get more positive cases, we will only call and email students and families of close contacts. If a student is not symptomatic, not identified as a positive case or close contact; and is not contacted by us, they will be expected at school.

Taita College is OPEN for instruction, and we expect all students to be at school, wearing masks, working to the best of their ability.

Now, more than ever it is important that we keep calm, cool and collected and follow health advice to wear masks correctly, socially distance where possible and clean and sanitise our hands regularly.

The Ministry of Health is saying that wearing a mask correctly is the number one defence.

What we are doing:

  • School will stay OPEN
  • We have appropriate public health measures and cleaning procedures in place.

What you need to do:

  • You and your whānau should watch for symptoms - if you have symptoms DO NOT come to school, get tested immediately and inform the school. Stay at home until you receive the result.
  • If your whānau hasn’t been vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible. You can book on-line at bookmyvaccine.nz or by calling 0800 28 29 26. It’s free.

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • A new or worsening cough
  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • A fever
  • Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste.
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath.

  • Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.
  • For more information, go to https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/about-covid-19/covid-19-symptoms/

    We know, this is once again, a new experience for us, as we see the Omicron cases increase throughout the country.

    We will always put the safety of our students, staff and community first.

    It is important that we continue to take care of each other and show what whanaungatanga really means.

    Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui,
    We’ve got this team TC!

    Ngā mihi ki a koutou

    Tītiro whakarunga ki ngā puke
    Karen and the TC team.

    COVID19 UPDATE and Communication
    15-02-2022

    The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and community is a top priority..

    At present, there is no confirmed case of COVID-19 at Taita College. However, you may have heard that there are now a number of schools in the Wellington region who have cases of Omicron, and some schools have had to go online with their teaching and learning programmes.

    We expect all students to be at school every day and take issued devices to and from school - and to take care of the devices.

    What you need to do

    • If you, your young person or a household member have been identified as a Confirmed Case or Close Contact, please call the school on (04) 567 8728 for further instruction. Do not come into school. Students can learn online via Google Classroom.
    • You and your whānau should watch for symptoms. If any develop, get tested immediately then stay at home until you receive the result.
    • If your whānau hasn’t been vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible. You can book online at bookmyvaccine.nz or by calling 0800 28 29 26. It’s free.

    What we’re doing

    • Taita College is open for all lessons.
    • Students will be expected to be at school and bring the device they have been issued to and from school each day
    • We have the appropriate public health measures and cleaning procedures in place.
    • Students must wear masks both indoors and outdoors
    • If our situation changes we will inform you, so please check your emails each day

    Symptoms of COVID-19 See diagram top right

    • A new or worsening cough.
    • Sneezing and runny nose.
    • A fever
    • Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste.
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath.
    • Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.

    For more information, go to https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/about-covid-19/covid-19-symptoms/

    If concerned, ring your doctor, or healthline for advice on 0800 358 5453 anytime.

    We know, this is once again, a new experience for us, as we see the Omicron cases increase throughout the country.

    We will always put the safety of our students, staff and community first.

    At this time school is still operational and we expect everyone to be at school.

    It is important that we continue to take care of each other and show what whanaungatanga really means.

    Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui,
    We’ve got this team TC!

    Ngā mihi ki a koutou

    Tītiro whakarunga ki ngā puke
    Karen and the TC team.

    COVID19 UPDATE - Red Alert
    10-02-2022

    The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and community is a top priority..

    At present, there is no confirmed case of COVID-19 at Taita College. However, you may have heard that a case was confirmed at Tui Glen Primary school today. Those who need to be isolated have been contacted.

    Unless you, or a member of your household has been identified as a contact, and been advised to isolate at home, you should still come to school.

    Taita College is OPEN for instruction, in our new normal in the red light setting.

    What you need to do

    • If you, your young person or a household member have been identified as a Confirmed Case or Close Contact, please call the school on (04) 567 8728 for further instruction. Do not come into school. Students can learn online via Google Classroom.
    • You and your whānau should watch for symptoms. If any develop, get tested immediately then stay at home until you receive the result.
    • If your whānau hasn’t been vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible. You can book online at bookmyvaccine.nz or by calling 0800 28 29 26. It’s free.

    What we’re doing

    • Taita College is open for all lessons.
    • We have the appropriate public health measures and cleaning procedures in place.
    • Students must wear masks both indoors and outdoors
    • Tomorrow we have our vaccination hub, so with permission, students can get their vaccination.
    • If our situation changes we will inform you, so please check your emails each day

    Symptoms of COVID-19 See diagram top right

    • A new or worsening cough.
    • Sneezing and runny nose.
    • A fever
    • Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste.
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath.
    • Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.

    For more information, go to https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/about-covid-19/covid-19-symptoms/

    If concerned, ring your doctor, or healthline for advice on 0800 358 5453 anytime.

    We know, this is once again, a new experience for us, as we see the Omicron cases increase throughout the country.

    We will always put the safety of our students, staff and community first.

    At this time school is still operational and we expect everyone to be at school.

    It is important that we continue to take care of each other and show what whanaungatanga really means.

    Take care everyone and stay safe.

    Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui,
    We’ve got this team TC!

    Ngā mihi ki a koutou

    Tītiro whakarunga ki ngā puke
    Karen and the TC team.

    COVID19 UPDATE - Red Alert
    08-02-2022

    Kia ora koutou

    We have had an excellent start to the year, and have been so impressed with the way in which our students have adapted to our ‘new normal’ wearing masks – they have been so responsible and respectful.

    It is wonderful to have our new Year 9 students with us; they are happy, smiling and already so confident with how things work at Taita College. Now that all of our students are back with us, the school is ‘buzzing’. There is a wonderful feel in the school as everyone is glad to be back, happy to reconnect, and also ready to learn.

    We would like to warmly welcome Mele Tonga-Grant to our staff in her role as Tagata Tautāwhi. We have attached her introduction for you, but as an ex Taita College student she is very keen to start and make connections with you all. Her role will include working with students in the Knowledge Hub on their goal setting, linking with the Poly Group, facilitating homework club on Mondays and Thursdays after school, and also being a part of our Talanoa every Tuesday night.

    We also warmly welcome new staff members Remy Goodger who will be working in the English department, and Hester Ruffell who will be in the Learning Support class. We are lucky to have such talented staff join our team. Exciting times for us!

    Highlights:

    • Our best NCEA Level 3 results in over 10 years at 90%.
    • Our best ever University Entrance results in over 10 years.
    • Our student senior leaders got to go to Great Barrier Island for a week of activities.
    • Year 9 students have had Ignite Sport working with them to help build strong relationships, friendships and offer fun team building activities.

    Vaccination Hub: This will be for ANY student who requires either their first or second vaccination on Friday 11th. Those under 16 will require parental permission. We strongly encourage ALL students to get vaccinated, so that they have a layer of protection.

    COVID UPDATE:

    • Continue to wear masks, wash hands, sanitise on entry and exit of rooms.
    • Students are expected to be at school in our new normal under the red light setting.
    • We plan to be open, and if for any reason we did have to close the school for a small amount of time – our staff have all courses ready to go online, and we have a chromebook or laptop for every student, should they need to work at home.
    • Many activities will be disrupted, as parents/visitors must be vaccinated, and we are restricted to numbers – so sadly we have had to cancel many Term 1 events, such as whānau evenings and parent/teacher interviews.
    • Our teaching and learning programmes are the focus, and with our seniors their internal assessments a priority.
    • Please check emails for any updates, the school ap, and website for clear communication as we journey through the Omicron phase in New Zealand.

    Remember, there is no need to panic, we have got this, and for the third year in a row – we know what to do.

    NOTE: Only parents who have had double vaccinations will be able to come onsite to meet with staff. Only students who have had double vaccinations will be able to play sports or go out on school related activities – as a means to safeguard students, staff, and our community.

    A tribute to Rose:
    We would like to acknowledge that it has been a year since the passing of our beloved Rose Tuita ‘alili-Moreli. Whilst she is not with us in person, her legacy remains – one heart, one beat!

    “Ua maliliu toa, ua maumau ai auupega o le taua”
    Fallen heroes put weapons of war to waste.

    We miss you Rose!

    Take care everyone and stay safe.

    Ngā mihi ki a koutou
    Karen and the TC team.

    COVID19 UPDATE - Red Alert
    26-01-2022

    Kia ora koutou

    Firstly, Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to 2022. We hope you had a wonderful break over Summer.

    As you will be aware, once again, we are going to have a ‘new normal’ with the restrictions of Covid and our red light system. I wanted to share a few things with you so that we were all very clear about our new way of operating.

    • We ALL must wear approved masks at all times when onsite (unless eating)
    • No parents or visitors are to be onsite unless they are double vaccinated, and have sent Tia confirmation of this - avoid setting up meetings unless this is followed
    • No students will be allowed participate in sporting, EOTC (education outside the classroom) or activities outside of the school, unless they are double vaccinated
    • We aim to have a vaccination station in the school on Tuesday 8th February for any students who would like either their first or second vaccination
    • Many school events will not be proceeding in Term 1 due to the red light system, but we will continue to inform you of any changes
    • Please check your emails regularly, and the website for any COVID updates

    Year 9 2022

    • Due to restrictions we will not be able to have a pōwhiri, this means no parents will be able to attend our welcome on Tuesday 1st February. We are very sorry, but as a school we MUST adhere to government rules and requirements with our numbers to stay under 100.

    Year 9-13 STUDENTS 2022

    • Tutor times and bell times have been modified. Students will be eating at tutor times, with a class monitor collecting lunches from the canteen
    • Please ensure students bring a drink bottle each day
    • Check the start times attached for each year level, please be aware some changes have been made from the notice in the Hutt News.

    As a school we will be open, until we have to shut. This means we will be expecting all students at school and learning in classes.
    If Omicron impacts us as a school or community and we have to shut the school for a period of time, we will all move to learning online. We have devices for every student and will distribute them when and if needed.

    What is important now is that we remain cool, calm and collected. We have done this before, and we can do this again - it just means we may have to make some modifications and adjustments to our learning programmes and activities.

    Thank you for your ongoing support and team approach to make this transition as smooth as possible as we start 2022. We’ve got this team!.

    Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui,
    Take care

    Ngā mihi ki a koutou
    Karen (Ms Morgan) and the Taita College team.

    COVID19 UPDATE - Orange Alert
    02-12-2021

    Kia ora koutou

    As you are aware, over the last two years, in working with the impact of Covid-19; the safety, health and wellbeing of our students, staff and community has been our priority.

    Student and staff safety have been at the forefront in every decision we have made.

    Given that we are now moving into a traffic light system, and borders are opening up, it is inevitable that Covid will move down the country in 2022.

    As a means to protect students, staff and our community, and be proactive in forecasting the ‘new normal’ for next year, our Board of Trustees has agreed on the following:

    PLAN OF ACTION 2022 TAITA COLLEGE

    • Only parents who have had 2 vaccinations are allowed to be onsite
    • Students will only be allowed offsite to participate in activities if they have had 2 vaccinations (this includes cultural, sporting, education outside the classroom)
    • Students that are 12+ in age can physically attend school without 2 vaccinations (however, this may change in the future depending on Covid outbreaks)

    NOTE: For any learning opportunities outside of the classroom, we will ensure an alternate programme of learning is available for any student who cannot go out, due to them not having 2 vaccinations.

    College Sport Wellington have just issued a mandate that as of 2022, all participants and spectators to sporting events will need to have 2 vaccinations.

    We wanted you to be aware so that over the holidays, if you have not had your vaccinations, you can arrange these.

    We would strongly encourage this, as a means to ensure full participation in all school events - as curriculum is everything we do in the school, and all activities are important.

    We appreciate your ongoing support. When we work together we achieve together.

    We hope you have a wonderful summer break.
    Stay safe
    Ngā mihi ki a koutou
    Karen and the TC team.

    COVID19 UPDATE - LEVEL 2
    15-11-2021

    Kia ora koutou

    As you will be aware due to Government mandates, all staff and contractors/coaches/managers or visitors coming onto our school site must have at least one vaccination, and two by the 1st January 2022.

    At this time we would ask all visitors to go to the main office and sign in. Only those who have proof of their vaccination status on the covid app will be allowed to enter into the school site and be on the Taita College grounds.

    You would have also heard the Health officials saying, “Covid is coming”, so we need to prepare ourselves and be ready.

    We are very proud of our students, and their incredible accomplishments. At a later date we will publicise the overall results in the Taita/Stokes Valley times and via email to you all.

    Parents - message from Government:
    “Adults continue to provide the greater risk for transmission of COVID-19, and therefore congregating by parents and caregivers on the school site should be avoided wherever possible.
    Parents should wear face coverings when dropping off and picking up students from school and remain distanced from the school as much as possible.”
    Can we remind you all please:

    • If your children feel sick or show any symptoms, please call the health line, get advice and stay at home
    • Wash hands thoroughly
    • Wear a mask (when visiting, or out in public areas)
    • Students, sanitize when entering and leaving rooms
    • Get double vaccinated

    Continue to check your emails and our website for any developments or changes. The safety and health for everyone in our community is paramount.

    Prize Giving Links:
    (Click the links below to see videos of this prestigious event)

    Updates:

    • We had wonderful celebrations for our respective year level prize givings
    • Over $160 thousand dollars worth of scholarships were distributed to our students at our prize givings
    • We plan to have a Year 13 Leaver’s Dinner on the 6th December
    • Our last day for juniors is Monday the 6th December.

    We appreciate your continued support.

    Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

    Take care
    Karen and the TC team.

    COVID19 UPDATE - LEVEL 2
    27-10-2021

    This year our prize giving will be very different, due to Covid and being at Alert Level 2.

    As a school we have to keep numbers under 100 for gatherings inside, so because of this constraint we are sadly not able to invite any parents or any outside guests to any prize giving.

    This is devastating for us all, as our prize giving is always a highlight of the year. They are always an incredible night of celebrations.

    I am very sorry that we will not be able to have you with us to see the wonderful success our students’ have achieved, despite a very interrupted year.

    We are very proud of our students, and their incredible accomplishments. At a later date we will publicise the overall results in the Taita/Stokes Valley times and via email to you all.

    We will be live streaming each year level prize giving which will be held in the school day, so that if you would like to join the link, you too can watch and be a part of the ceremonies online and share the experience.

    • Year 11 Prize Giving, November the 3rd - Last day of Term 4
    • Year 12 Prize Giving, November the 3rd - Last day of Term 4
    • Year 13 Prize Giving, November the 4th - Last day of Term 4.

    Once we have the links for the live stream we will email them to you all.

    Thank you all once again for your ongoing support.

    Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

    Ngā mihi
    Karen Morgan
    Principal Taita College

    COVID19 UPDATE - LEVEL 2
    13-10-2021
    VACCINATION HUB, TOMORROW 11AM-2PM, TAITA COLLEGE - DRIVE THROUGH!

    Kia ora koutou

    I just wanted to remind you all, that tomorrow we have our drive through vaccination hub - get the word out!

    Vaccination Hub
    Taita College
    Thursday 14th October
    11am to 2pm
    Drive through - stay in your car
    For anyone 12 years and over
    It only takes 20 mins!
    VEveryone is welcome.

    This is an excellent opportunity for you all to get your vaccination.

    So, tomorrow get in your cars, and go and pick up your whānau, families, aunties, uncles, cousins - then together come along and get your vaccination.

    No need to worry about babysitters - keep all the kids in the car and come along!

    All you have to do is drive into Taita College, stay in your car, I will be there to wave you in, have your vaccination under the drive through tent, wait 15 minutes in the car park, then Duncan and his Unichem medical team will let you know you can go! It is that simple.

    You can have your first vaccination on Thursday, OR if there has been 3 weeks since your first vaccination, come along for your second.

    Let's do this, and add a layer of protection to as many as possible.
    You all matter!
    All are welcome.
    Remember, you could be saving a life.
    Now it is our turn to do our bit for others, our community and nation.

    Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui
    We've got this.

    Ngā mihi ki a koutou
    Hei apopo.
    Karen Morgan
    Principal Taita College

    COVID19 UPDATE - LEVEL 2
    24-09-2021

    Kia ora koutou

    Wow! What a week.

    I wanted to say a huge thank you to our staff, to all of our students and to our community for being so supportive this week, with our vaccination roll out.

    Thank you for all the lovely responses we have received from parents and community members - staff loved hearing your emails of praise and support for the TC team.

    We were so proud of our students, and everyone demonstrated what whanaungatanga means - everyone looked after each other, one heart, one beat!

    We wanted to share with you our article in STUFF - putting TC on the map and showing how incredible our students are. Click on the link below.
    www.stuff.co.nz/national/126469085/taita-college-among-first-in-the-country-to-vaccinate-on-school-grounds.

    We will be having a Vaccination Hub on Thursday 14th October from 11am to 2pm, as a drive through for anyone in our community who wants to come along to have their vaccination.

    It will be easy, safe, you just stay in the car - so get the word out to your friends, whānau and families.

    We want to ensure everyone has a layer of protection, and plays their part to do what we can for our community, and our nation - so come along.

    We have just had this email sent to us from Dr Ashley Bloomfield - so we wanted to share this with you:

    Kia ora Taita College whanau
    I just wanted to tautoko and congratulate you on your vaccination efforts yesterday. Please pass on my thanks to the students for their leadership and commitment. Keep up the great work, this is one of the most important things you can do for yourselves, your whanau and your community. Every vaccination makes a difference.
    Ngā mihi nui
    Ashley

    Take care and stay safe,

    Ngā mihi ki a koutou
    Karen Morgan
    Principal Taita College

    COVID19 UPDATE - LEVEL 2
    15-09-2021

    VACCINATIONS FOR STUDENTS AT TAITA COLLEGE - Thursday 23rd September 2021

    Kia ora koutou

    Vaccination Info

    Great news!

    We have been able to partner with Unichem Pharmacy, under the direction from the Ministry of Health regulations and guidelines, to become a vaccination station for students attending Taita College.

    You all will be aware that the Government is asking that all students 12 years and over be vaccinated, as a way for us to keep the Covid-19 Delta strain under control, and to ensure we are in a much stronger position as a nation.

    The safety of our students, family and our community is a top priority. Being vaccinated is a way in which you can protect others, your friends, your family. You all matter, and in order for us as a nation to be able to move out of high Alert Levels, we need this layer of protection and 80% vaccinated. We can all make a difference, so let’s do this!
    This is an excellent opportunity.

    What does this mean?
    On Thursday 23rd September our Taita College hall will be set up for the day as a vaccination station. The Unichem team of nurses will follow all of the strict guidelines and rules of the Ministry of Health in Alert Level 2, to look after every student from start to finish.

    We will then set up the date for the second vaccination day in Term 4, approximately 6 weeks after the first.

    What do we need from you?

    • All we need from you is to agree to and sign the permission form for your child
    • We will issue the permission forms to each student, and ask them to bring them home to you for consent
    • Students then bring the signed permission form back to school and we will collate this and organise the day
    • We will also accept an email, phone message or text to confirm permission
    • If you know the NHI number of your child that is also really helpful

    Ministry of Education policy is that written consent from a parent or legal guardian is required for school-based immunisation programmes:
    “For children aged under 16 years who are being immunised at school, written consent must be obtained from the parent/guardian. Individuals who are aged 16 years or older may self-consent.”
    (section 2.1.2. of the Immunisation Handbook).

    Alternatively text us confirmation that you agree, and we will attach this to the form.

    Of course, this vaccination is not compulsory, and if you do not wish your child to be vaccinated, there is absolutely no pressure at all - simply do not fill in the form.

    Let’s get vaccinated, stay safe, break the chain, and save someone’s life!

    Take care and stay safe,

    Karen Morgan
    Principal Taita College

    COVID19 UPDATE - LEVEL 2
    08-09-2021

    Malo e lelei everyone
    One day to go!

    We can't wait to see you tomorrow at 8.45am.
    Take care - stay safe

    One day to go!

    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID19 UPDATE - LEVEL 2
    08-09-2021

    Malo e lelei everyone
    One day to go!

    We can't wait to see you tomorrow at 8.45am.
    Take care - stay safe

    One day to go!

    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID19 UPDATE - LEVEL 3
    06-09-2021
    ALERT LEVEL 3 MOVING TO ALERT LEVEL 2, SCHOOL OPEN THURSDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER.

    Kia ora koutou

    Great news everyone, we are moving from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2 on Wednesday 8th September, so that means we can all get back to school.

    This is exciting for us all!

    The school has been cleaned, staff have met, and we are ready to go.
    We can’t wait to see you on Thursday at 8.45am

    You have a few days, this week, to re-adjust your daily routine: set your alarm, practice getting up earlier, make sure your uniform is clean and ready to go, re-check your timetable and find your school bag.

    It is a privilege that we can get back to school - so we must take advantage of acknowledging how lucky we are - compared to Auckland and other countries in the world.

    In the interim, this week, we stick to our online learning programme:

    • Check in with your tutor teacher this week
    • Seniors follow your timetable, attend your zooms, link with your teachers and self manage your learning - we want to get you over the NCEA line doing your internals ∙ Juniors follow your modified timetable emailed out last week, attend your scheduled zooms, go to your Google classroom and self-manage your learning
    • Any concerns please link to your tutor teacher

    PROCEEDURE FOR THE RETURN TO SCHOOL OF ALL STUDENTS

    • Normal timetable from Thursday 9th September
    • All students to bring either their own device or school issued device to work from each day, and take home each night
    • School Lunches will be available
    • We recommend wearing a mask, but it is not mandated by Government
    • Normal rules apply, full school uniform to be worn

    Play it Safe

    • Stay at home if you have any flu like symptoms (inform the school absences and call the Healthline immediately)
    • You may wear a mask if you choose, however, this must be a plain, surgical mask, (bandanas are unacceptable)

    School expectations and requirements

    • Social Distancing - remain 2 metres from other students where possible, this means no hugging, high fiving etc.
    • The free lunches will resume but bring your own water bottle
    • Do not share phones or pens
    • NO students will be allowed to leave the school site during school hours, unless you are going home, have a timetabled change in your programme, or have an appointment. All students must sign out at the main office

    Health and Safety
    These remain mostly the same as pre-covid

    • Be on time in correct uniform
    • Be prepared to learn with your books, pens and other gear
    • Bring your own device to use each day
    • Display school values of Kotahitanga, Finafinau, Tautua, Respect, Manaakitanga and Whanaungatanga
    • Follow teacher instruction at all times
    • Try to the best of your ability
    • Bring your own device or school issued device each day, and take home each night. If you have been issued with a device from the school you must bring this into school for your learning ∙ Students involved in Gateway or Trades Academy will be contacted by Mrs Peek regarding the plans for these courses

    Timetable

    • No Year level assemblies will occur as there will be no meetings for more than 50 people ∙ The Knowledge Hub will be open for class bookings only and IEP lessons, 2 metre distances, so a cap on numbers

    Parents

    • Parents/whānau must sign in at the main office to come onto the school site ∙ For contact tracing purposes any visitors will be required to leave details and phone numbers or verify existing details (including parents/whānau)
    • Parents/whānau may not go into classrooms or be onsite without following the above processes. ∙ Meetings with whānau will take place over the phone, rather than in person where possible

    Contact Tracing

    • A roll will be taken at the beginning of each lesson and any visitors to the site will be approved by the principal, Ms Morgan.
    • Students must not leave site without legitimate reasons and without signing out at the front office
    • Students and whānau should note where they have been outside of school hours for all contact tracing. This information does not need to be shared with the school however it would be needed if there were a COVID- 19 case at school.

    Stay safe and take care

    See you soon
    Karen Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID19 UPDATE - LEVEL 3
    02-09-2021

    Video check in from Ms Morgan to say hi to you all.

    Stay safe, stay at home, stay in your bubble - working online.
    Look after each other, and keep up the great effort.

    Take care, we miss you.
    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID19 UPDATE - LEVEL 4
    30-08-2021
    ALERT LEVEL 4 MOVING TO ALERT LEVEL 3 WEDNESDAY 1st SEPTEMBER

    Kia ora koutou

    As of Wednesday 1st September the Wellington region is set to move from our current Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3.

    Please note, this may change depending on Covid-19 Delta cases and any Government decision. However, as a means to prepare, we are assuming this will be the Government decision later today.

    What does it mean to be at Alert Level 3?

    We want all students if and where possible to stay safe and work from home.
    Stay in your bubble, and learn online.

    Taita College will be open from Wednesday 1st Septemberbut only for students under the age of 14 whose parents cannot work from home, and who are essential workers.

    At Alert Level 3, the vast majority of students will stay at home, stay safe, not break bubbles, and will learn from home. If parents/caregivers are at home, we are asking that students stay at home with you.

    What do we need from you?
    Ms von Dadelszen will be emailing all junior students' parents, asking you to indicate only if your child needs to be at school in Alert Level 3.

    Please note:
    School will not be the same in Alert Level 3. Students will be assigned to one seat, in one room, and will be 1 metre apart. Each class will only have 8 students in the class, and will have their own break out area and toilet facilities. There will be absolute social distancing.
    Students are to wear mufti, wear a mask and bring all food and books, pens etc. Students will be working online, so will need to bring in the device issued to them last week. It will not be school as we know it at all.

    If you or someone in your bubble is sick, please follow all Healthline advice. Call the Healthline, and if required get a Covid test. Only once all clear, can anyone return to school.

    A couple of small tips: Try to have a sense of routine each day, get out of your pyjamas before 10am, pull your blinds back in your rooms for natural light, and try to get a little exercise 3 times a week.

    Be patient, be kind, and look after each other.
    We’ve got this. Go team TC!

    Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui,
    Arohanui.
    Karen Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID19 UPDATE - LEVEL 4
    27-08-2021

    Kia ora koutou

    You would have all heard the Government announcement this afternoon. At Alert Level 4, we continue to stay in our bubbles, stay safe, stay at home and learn from home.

    On Tuesday the 31st of August at midnight, we anticipate moving to Alert Level 3. We will send out an email on Monday the 30th August so that you know the expectations for us all at Alert Level 3.

    We all have to do our best now as a nation and work together to combat our recent COVID Delta strain outbreak.

    Be patient, be kind, and look after each other.

    Wellbeing:
    This remains our focus for you all.

    We have added a number of agency contacts onto the website if you or someone you know needs support with food, care parcels, and or for any wellbeing questions.

    If you have any concerns, email your tutor teacher and they will know how to help and support.

    Please try to email your tutor teacher to check in each week. It would be lovely for you to make sure they are doing well too!

    Teaching and Learning:
    Well done to the majority of you who came into school to pick up your work materials and devices. It was lovely to see you all.

    The majority of all learning now is online for all students.

    A couple of small tips: Try to have a sense of routine each day, get out of your pyjamas before 10am, pull your blinds back in your rooms for natural light, and try to get a little exercise 3 times a week.

    Juniors (Year 9/10):
    Your work is all online, (apart from Ms Yeoman’s class), and a set timetable has been emailed to you all. Please follow this, join the zoom meetings, and do your part at home to self-manage your learning.

    Seniors (Years 11-13):
    Please ensure you try to stick to your normal timetable and zoom, or email your teachers to stay on track and on target with your learning programme. We advise one zoom per week with each of your teachers, and then it is up to you to self-manage your day.

    You will be aware that the dates for end-of-year NCEA and NZ Scholarship exams will be delayed by two weeks and will run from Monday 22 November until Tuesday 14 December. Due dates for portfolio submissions will also be pushed back by two weeks.

    We’ve got this. Go team TC!

    Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui,
    Arohanui.
    Karen Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID19 UPDATE - LEVEL 4, DEVICE/WORK DISTRIBUTION
    23-08-2021

    Kia ora koutou

    As per our email yesterday, we intend to distribute our chromebooks, with senior students being the top priority at this stage.

    • All students to come in to collect a device/material - UNLESS you have an email from Ms von D to say there is you do not have to.
    • Check the Year Level collection times, and come in that time slot.
    • Please DO NOT come to the school in groups, stay in your bubble
    • The only method of collection is via car in a drive-thru method. No car, no collection.
    • If you are NOT able to come by car, please contact your tutor teacher - we will work out a plan.

    Be patient please.

    CHROMEBOOKS

    • All chromebooks have been disinfected and cleaned.
    • Each chromebook is attached to one student.
    • The chromebooks are school property so must be respected at all times.
    • Chromebooks are for school work.

    PLEASE NOTE: Not all students will be issued a chromebook.

    PICK UP PROTOCOL - ONLY COME AT THE TIME ALLOCATED TO YOUR YEAR GROUP
    Monday 23rd August - Seniors ONLY 10am - 1pm
    Tuesday 24th August - Seniors ONLY 10am - 12pm
    Wednesday 25th August - Juniors ONLY 10am - 12pm

    • We ask that to pick up your chromebook or materials you come in a car
    • Do not arrive by foot or get out of your car
    • Stay in your car and wear masks, do NOT get out of your car please
    • Only come at the time allocated to your year group. If siblings, the eldest will be given any device for the other siblings at the same time if possible.
    • Drive the car and wait by the hall side door entrances by the stop point in a queue.
    • Give name of student to staff member
    • ON instruction drive forward to collection point, undo your window and take materials off table
    • Stop at the collection point as indicated by the sign/whiteboard beside the table.
      • Wait for a staff member to come to you and ask for the name of your young person. They will do so from a safe distance.
      • Scan in using the QR code displayed.
      • Wait for the staff member to put the appropriate device and/or work on the collection table
      • Drive forward to collection table, undo driver window
      • Uplift the device.
      • Drive away from the site.
    • The table will be cleaned and then the next car asked to move along the queue.

    If you are NOT able to come in by car, please email your Tutor Teacher - we will work out a plan.

    It is imperative that you stick to your own bubble at this time even though it might be tempting to stop for a chat with friends or whānau.

    Please ensure the protocol is followed at all times. We want to do this in a safe and controlled manner, so by following the protocol above, we will all be safe!

    The TC team

    COVID-19 UPDATE - LEVEL 4, SCHOOL CLOSED THIS WEEK
    18-08-2021

    Kia ora koutou

    You will have heard from the Government announcement that New Zealand is now in Alert Level 4.

    School will be closed for the rest of the week.

    Be kind take care and know that we have done this before.

    Wellbeing:
    For the next three days whilst at Alert Level 4 we want your wellbeing to be the focus. Stop for a moment, rest and recover from what has already been a busy term. Once we know more about what is happening across the country, we will make decisions about our teaching and learning programmes.

    If you have work you can do at home, please work on that. If you have no work don’t panic.

    No computers or extra work will be issued this week.

    In the interim, please follow advice from the Ministry of Health - stay safe in your bubble.

    If you need anything get in touch with us via e-mail.

    If you have COVID-19 symptoms, call the dedicated COVID-19 Healthline for free on 080 358 5453. The latest information can be found on www.covid19.govt.nz

    We've got this!

    Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

    Ngā mihi ki a koutou
    Ms Morgan and the TC team

    COVID-19 UPDATE 17-08-2021

    Dear parents and whānau

    Taita College will be Closed for instruction.

    You would have all heard the announcement that New Zealand is at Alert Level 4 as of 11.59pm tonight.


    School will be closed for the rest of the week.

    We will send out further communications tomorrow.

    Please follow advice from the Ministry of Health.

    Be kind take care and know that we have done this sort of thing before.

    This is a short and sharp response to stop the virus.

    If you need anything get in touch via e-mail with us.

    If you have COVID-19 symptoms, call the dedicated COVID-19 Healthline for free on 080 358 5453. The latest information can be found on www.covid19.govt.nz

    We've got this!

    Ngā mihi ki a koutou
    Mrs Morgan and the TC team

    COVID-19 UPDATE 29-06-2021

    Dear parents and whānau

    Taita College will be OPEN for instruction as per normal.

    You would have all heard the announcement that we are moving back to Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm tonight.


    What does this mean for us all at Taita College:

    • School is open
    • The school day times return to the usual timetable with Tutor Time at 8.45am and gifted lunches will be eaten in the canteen.
    • Students do not have to wear face covering on the school bus services but must wear them on public transport.
    • Maintain good hygiene.

    Keep up good handwashing practices, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and dry hands thoroughly. Cough and sneeze into your elbow. Use the sanitizers in rooms. Keep surfaces clean.

    As always, we will keep you updated if the Alert Levels change.

    The weather has been crazy today, so stay warm, stay safe.

    Take care of each other, and be kind!

    Take care of each other, and be kind!

    Ngā mihi ki a koutou
    Karen and the TC team

    COVID-19 UPDATE 23-06-2021

    Dear parents and whānau

    Taita College will be OPEN for instruction as per normal.

    You would have all heard the announcement that we are moving to Alert Level 2 at 6pm tonight.
    We have our Alert Level 2 plan in place, and are well prepared.


    What does this mean for us all at Taita College:

    • School is open
    • The school day times have been changed so that students can eat their lunch in extended tutor time.
    • Please bring your own drink bottle (as communal water fountains are closed)
    • No groups together of more than 100 - no assembly
    • Separate desks in every class
    • Physical/social distancing required (1 metre onsite)
    • Wash hands thoroughly
    • Sanitize hands on entry and leaving classes
    • Masks optional
    • Contact trace, keep a record of where you have been
    • Chromebooks will only be issued at Alert Level 3, from a central point at school.

    If you are sick, or you have any flu like symptoms, stay at home and get a Covid test.
    Please inform the school.

    We will update you when we are aware of any changes.

    WHave a look at the Alert Level 2 Student Management Plan by clicking on the link to the right. These will indicate processes here at school for your children, along with our expectations.

    Key messages:

    • Wellington has a new case of COVID-19 and moves to Alert Level 2
    • The rest of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 1
    • Keep a 2 metre physical distance in public, 1 metre at workplaces, and wear a mask when in public when you can’t distance.
    • Stay home if you’re sick, wash your hands, cough or sneeze into your elbow, clean surfaces
    • If you are sick call your GP or Healthline to book a free COVID-19 test, and get tested if asked
    • Keep a record of where you have been, use NZ COVID app.
    • The latest information can be found on www.covid19.govt.nz or the Unite Against Covid social media channels

    Keeping communications clear:.

    We have had one staff member who was at one of the locations of interest, so they are isolating at home for 14 days..

    We have also had one student who has been in the vicinity of a person who works at the Rydges hotel. They are also at home getting a covid test and will only return when cleared.

    Once again, please note, we have an excellent plan in place for Alert Level 2, or if we may have to move into different Alert Levels.

    Please check your emails regularly for any changes or updates.

    We have done this before, and we can do this again. We know what to do!

    Take care of each other, and be kind!

    Ngā mihi ki a koutou
    Karen and the TC team

    COVID-19 UPDATE 27-02-2021

    Dear parents and students

    Taita College will be OPEN for instruction as per normal.

    What will be important on our return is to observe the essentials again, such as washing hands, using the hand sanitisers on entry and exit to classes, coughing into your elbow. If anyone feels sick, then just as always stay at home, and see your doctor or all the health line if concerned.


    Alert Level 2 - All of New Zealand excluding Auckland region

    1. Schools are open to everyone, and all children must attend.
    At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained but there is still risk of community transmission. It is safe for children and staff to attend school and for school hostels to be operating as there will be appropriate measures in place, including for children and staff vulnerable to severe illness.

    2. Learning will be onsite with distance learning offered in some circumstances.
    Distance learning should be provided for those required to self-isolate, those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result, or those choosing to remain at home because they are vulnerable to illness.

    3. Schools are not classified as gatherings and a range of events and activities can go ahead.
    For most day to day activities at schools, the rules for gatherings do not apply. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there to receive, provide, or support education services.
    However as soon as your event or activity brings people onsite who are not there for education purposes, including students, parents and caregivers, then the rules for gatherings do apply. This would include performances such as school plays, cultural events and sporting activities.

    4. Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school.
    Your Director of Education will work closely with you and health authorities should this occur. Please contact your Ministry regional office if you hear of a confirmed case in your school community but haven’t been advised about it by health officials.

    5. Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport.
    This includes charter buses hired by the school to transport students and staff.
    Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering in any setting should be supported to do so.

    6. Sick people must stay at home.
    They should seek medical advice if they have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If that person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate.

    7. You must have a contact tracing system in place.
    This includes displaying QR code posters at your entrances, your timetable, attendance register and visitor register.

    8. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:

    • Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)
    • Hand hygiene
    • Cough and sneeze etiquette
    • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces

    9. Think and plan carefully before you go ahead with any activity that brings a large number of students together and/or spectators are involved.
    Some events may need to be cancelled or postponed when we are at Alert Level 2.
    Inter-regional travel is possible but only where you are confident the appropriate measures will be in place at the host venue, including requirements for gatherings.

    10. Your Ministry regional office team is available to provide support.
    For more detailed information for Alert Level 2, please refer to our health and safety guidance.
    See also our Guidance for school hostels Alert Levels 1 - 4

    COVID-19 UPDATE 14-02-2021

    Dear parents and students

    Taita College will be OPEN for instruction at 8.50am tomorrow as per normal. Students are asked to meet in the hall.

    What will be important on our return is to observe the essentials again, such as washing hands, using the hand sanitisers on entry and exit to classes, coughing into your elbow. If anyone feels sick, then just as always stay at home, and see your doctor or all the health line if concerned.

    The school has been thoroughly cleaned and blessed this weekend, to ensure a good start for everyone.

    We are looking forward to seeing our students tomorrow.

    Ngā mihi ki a koutou
    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID-19 UPDATE 22-09-2020

    BACK TO ALERT LEVEL 1 - Hooray!

    Kia ora whānau

    Fantastic news, we are now at Alert Level 1. This is really exciting, and means that we can now finally have assemblies, big group events, and have families and whānau come into school to celebrate our successes.

    We wanted to congratulate everyone for their superb efforts throughout Term 3 under Alert Level 2. Whilst at times it has been trying, it has been a wonderful team effort. The support and awhi of each other has been appreciated and admired. Thank you all for your patience and ongoing support.

    What does Alert Level 1 mean for us:
    We can now continue with our normal programmes and events, and for the first time in a long time have parents come and join those events with us.

    We look forward to seeing you at as many events as possible.

    Ngā mihi ki a koutou
    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID-19 UPDATE 17-08-2020

    Dear parents, whānau and students,

    As per the Government announcement on Friday night we are still at Alert level 2. This is excellent news, as it means we can operate under Alert level 2 and our current new normal.

    School is open.
    We expect all students to be at school on Monday 17 August.

    What does this mean for us all at Taita College at Alert Level 2:

    • School is open, we expect all students to be at school.
    • No groups together of more than 100 - no assembly.
    • Separate desks in every class.
    • Physical/social distancing required.
    • Wash hands thoroughly.
    • Sanitize hands on entry and leaving classes.
    • Masks optional.
    • Contact trace, keep a record of where you have been.
    • Canteen closed - please bring your own food each day.

    If you are sick, or you have any flu like symptoms, stay at home and get a Covid test. Inform the school.

    Devices:

    • On Friday, as a precautionary measure, we distributed devices to all students who required them to work from home, had the alert levels changed. The alert level remains the same, so students are expected to be at school. A reminder the devices are school property, and we would ask that students select either option 1 or 2:
      • OPTION 1: Students return the device first thing Monday morning to the hall
      • OPTION 2: Bring the device to and from school each day to use, until we hear the Government announcement for the nation on 26 August.
    • Students will be expected to inform their tutor teacher of what option they have chosen, Monday morning.

    We would ask that students take care of the devices and use them appropriately at all times.

    We have done this before, and we can do this again. We know what to do!

    It is steady as she goes for us all.

    Take care of each other, and be kind!

    Ngā mihi ki a koutou
    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID-19 UPDATE 14-08-2020

    Dear parents and whānau

    Today we have issued our senior students with chromebooks and/or laptops, which they are to bring to school each day whilst we are at Alert level 2. Tomorrow we will be issuing juniors with chromebooks. At Alert level 2, we expect students to bring their device to use in their classes each day.

    Because we are distributing devices this week, it will allow us to be ready to move Alert Levels smoothly, should the need arise. Of course, we are hoping to stay at Alert Level 2, and have all students attend school each day, with their device.

    We would ask that students are responsible with the devices and use them for their learning online both at school and at home.

    These chromebooks and laptops are the property of Taita College, not the individual student, and as as such we would ask the following:

    • Look after it responsibly. This includes ensuring it’s safety and letting Mrs Pye know if it becomes damaged.
    • Only use this device for school work. You must not access any inappropriate sites.
    • Bring this device to school each day at Alert Level 2.

    Contact Mrs Pye if you have any concerns

    Email Mrs Pye if you have any questions, linda.pye@taita.school.nz

    Stay safe and be kind.
    Ngā mihi ki a koutou

    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID-19 UPDATE 12-08-2020

    Alert Level 2

    Further information will be posted in the near future. For now read the Alert Level 2 Student management plan to the right.

    COVID-19 UPDATE 20-06-2020

    Kia ora koutou

    Great news that we are moving to Alert Level 1 from midnight tonight. This is recognition of the efforts by all to keep each other safe.

    But as the Prime Minister pointed out - while this is a very important milestone, the job is not done. We need to continue to be vigilant – wash and dry hands, and recall where we have been so that we can contact trace if required.

    Throughout the Alert Levels, you have innovated, adapted and taken every step necessary to keep children and young people, and their families and whānau, connected to and participating in their education. Thank you all for your leadership. I know some of you are still working to bring children back to school – the Alert Level 1 announcement should build confidence. If you need support to work with families who are still unwilling to bring their children to school, or who you have lost contact with, please talk to your regional teams.

    At the Ministry, we are taking the opportunity to reflect on what worked well during the past 75 days and to identify those things we want to keep doing. I encourage you to do the same, before the events are forgotten in the mists of time.

    As you welcome in Alert Level 1, remember that our support is one of the constants you can rely on - so please get in touch with our regional teams who are keen to work with you.

    Today’s Bulletin focuses on Alert Level 1 guidance and the next Bulletin will come out on Thursday 11 June.

    Have a great week.

    Ngā mihi

    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID-19 UPDATE 22-05-2020

    Hi everyone

    It has been fantastic having everyone come back to school and to see the school full of smiling happy faces. There is a lovely energy once again in the school and it is wonderful to reconnect with our students! Students are really happy to be back, they are engaged and working hard on their studies and on the new expectations.

    Wow, what great news we have just had for our community. To receive 32 million is so fantastic, a magic moment. Of course, rebuilding a school will take time. We have to design, consult, and then plan, but in due course we will have a school that both students and our community can use. We will be consulting with you all for your input and ideas - so watch the space.

    I wanted to remind you of our NEW NORMAL processes at school. We have been very clear about our messages, and hope that you can do all you can at home to support these messages and expectations with your children.

    Our NEW NORMAL under Alert Level 2:

    • Students to use wall mounted sanitizers on entry and exit to each class
    • Students to keep 1 metre physical distancing from each other
    • Students sit separated at desks in classrooms
    • No physical games at interval or lunch
    • No canteen
    • No Knowledge Hub at intervals and lunch
    • No homework club
    • We expect all students to be able to contact trace if required - so know where they have been before and after school on any given day.

    The school is thoroughly cleaned each night.

    At this stage we still do not know about sports, but we will have more clarity next week.

    Learning:
    In respect to your learning, the best thing you can do is to be here every day. We will get you up to speed and make your learning a priority. Staff have modified their programmes to ensure you are all going to be well looked after, but we need you to work in partnership with us. Being here is critical in order to succeed.

    We look forward to seeing a full school on Monday.

    Keep up the wonderful work you are all doing.
    Take care and be kind,

    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID-19 UPDATE 15-05-2020

    Hi everyone

    TAITA COLLEGE WILL BE OPEN FROM 18 MAY 2020, 8.45AM - starting with Tutor Time.

    We can’t wait to see you all on Monday. It was lovely in our staff meeting this week, to hear of the great stories of connection that have occurred with both students and whānau in our COVID-19 lockdown. We know our families have been so appreciative and supportive of our team approach, and similarly we have seen amazing resilience, leadership and strength as a community!

    We’ve got this team! We will do everything to get your learning back on target and make sure you achieve to the best of your ability. Seniors, we can get you through NCEA - you just need to be here and be an active learner.

    Whilst we expect all students to be back to school on Monday 18 May, it will not be business as normal. We are aware that most of you are really looking forward to returning, but it is going to be different - and we are going to need all of you to step up and lead from the front to ensure everyone’s safety is not compromised.

    Attendance:
    Wellbeing has and still is our focus, so we will do all that we can to alleviate any concerns of return you may have. If you feel that home is still the safest place, you will not be penalised in any way for staying at home, however, we will have some expectations.

    If you feel that at Alert Level 2 you have reservations about returning to Taita College, here is what you need to do.

    1. Contact your Year level dean and discuss your situation, contact the school.
    2. Ensure you have hardcopy materials or a laptop/chromebook in order to learn online, or let us know if you don’t.
    3. We expect you as learners and as a whānau to link to teachers to keep learning as the focus and be on task.

    Please note: Teachers will be teaching at school. They will not be offering a double programme for learners who choose to stay at home, so it will be up to the families and students to stay connected online or via phone calls and emails with teachers, to keep on top of all learning.

    Parents/whānau: Must sign in at the main office if visiting the college. Please do not go into any classrooms or wander onsite at this time. We have to contact trace all visitors for safety, and organise any visits in a safe manner.

    Returning to school - some must do's:

    1. Bring a school bag, no other student can carry books for someone else
    2. Bring your own pens, paper, books - you will not be able to share
    3. Bring lunch - no leaving school to get food, the canteen is closed, and we ask that parents do not drop food off to students throughout the day here at school
    4. Students are not to leave the school site in the day, unless for a valid reason and must sign out at the office.
    5. Follow all staff instructions
    6. All classes will have a seating plan to stick with
    7. Students will need to sanitise hands on entry/exit of classes
    8. Keep physical distancing (1 metre)
    9. If you have a device at home, bring that to school to use.

    No contact or physical games will be played in the playground/fields such as basketball/touch.

    Canteen will be closed.

    The Knowledge Hub will be closed at interval and lunch.

    Any student who does not comply with these expectations will be sent home.

    Of course once we settle in, each day, we will reassess where things are at. We need assurance you are all going to make good decisions and be safe here at school, and when we have confidence you can do this, we will be able to look at what we can open or add to the things we can do.

    Please see the student expectations that have much more detail that you will need to adhere to.

    Health and safety:
    The school has been thoroughly cleaned and wall mounted hand sanitizers have been installed into every classroom and main areas in the school to be used on entry and exit in every class. We expect strict adherence to physical distancing, washing hands and Alert Level 2 safety and health expectations on return to school.

    Sport:
    At this stage we do not have any clear guidance, but by next week we will know more about what this could look like for Winter codes and regional sports.

    Take care and be kind,

    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID-19 UPDATE 12-05-2020

    Kia ora koutou

    TAITA COLLEGE WILL BE OPEN FROM 18 MAY 2020, 8.45AM - starting with Tutor Time.

    This is really great news! We are looking forward to you all being back at school and seeing you again.

    Whilst we expect all students to be back to school on Monday 18 May, it will not be business as normal. There will be very strict health and safety guidelines we will all have to follow and respect.

    You, your whānau and our community wellbeing and health is still paramount. We need to be careful in Alert Level 2, and once again take every step to act responsibly and make good decisions to safeguard each other.

    The school has been thoroughly cleaned and wall mounted hand sanitizers have been installed into every classroom and main areas in the school to be used on entry and exit in every class. We expect strict adherence to physical distancing, washing hands and Alert Level 2 safety and health expectations on return to school.

    We will send out more details on Friday, so that you are all very clear about the first day back game plan, and the plan for the week. Your learning and success is very important to us, and once we are back we will be able to reset to get your learning back on target.

    We have broken down some key expectations that we require everyone to follow, as part of our return to school safety plan.

    Please read and familiarise yourself with our guidelines by clicking on the ALERT LEVEL 2 button below, so that you feel confident with Alert Level 2 processes and procedures we will all be following on our return.

    See you soon.
    Take care and keep being kind to each other,

    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID-19 UPDATE AND CHECK IN
    04-05-2020

    Hi everyone

    I thought I would make a little video to say hi to you all!
    Watch the video and then read the text below.

    Update from Karen Morgan

    We are still in Alert Level 3 and will be until the 11th May.
    This means, everyone still stays at home, and you all learn using hardcopy materials or online through Google classroom, zoom etc.

    Whilst school is technically open in Alert Level 3 for Yr 9 and 10 students who NEED to be at school, we anticipate that no students will be attending throughout this time.

    Stay safe, stay in your bubble and be kind.
    Link with your teachers online and through emails, so you are really clear what you should be working on.

    Wellbeing:
    If you need anything let us know, we will do all we can to support you and your whānau.
    Challenge for you all:

    1. Get up before 9am.
    2. Get out of your pyjamas before 9am.
    3. Check in with your teachers.
    4. Open up your curtains to get natural light into your room.
    5. Try to exercise, maybe even make a Tik Tok video with your friends online.

    Learning:

    • Link to your teachers.
    • Check your letterboxes for any work that may have been delivered.
    • Try to do 20 minute chunks of learning, have a break, then another 20 mins etc.
    • Try doing the major part of your learning in the morning, so you get some free time in the afternoon as a treat!

    All we ask is that you do your very best.

    This is an interesting time for us all, but please know that we will do all that we can to ensure your academic and learning success.

    Hang in there, take it day by day, and give it heaps!
    Reflect on your learnings, set some goals, and keep some key routines.

    We are proud of you all and the effort you have made to date.
    Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

    Take care of each other.

    Talk again soon,

    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID-19 UPDATE 28-04-2020

    Alert Level 3

    Hi everyone

    Firstly I wanted to congratulate you on how well you have done in Alert Level 4. You have worked hard to stay in your bubble.
    At Alert Level 3, not too much should change. This is a key time for you to keep your bubble small and safe.
    Now more than ever we must keep adhering to Government advice and do all of the right things!

    KEY MESSAGES:

    • Stay at home
    • Stay in your bubble
    • Stay safe
    • Keep physical distancing at all timese
    • Be kind to each other

    LEARNING:
    Yr 9 and Yr 10 - Junior Students

    Stay at home, and work from home, either with your hardcopy materials, or on your devices using Google classroom.
    Email your teachers if you can to check in with your learning, and what you should be working on.
    At this stage we expect no (zero) Yr 9 or Yr 10 students onsite over the next two weeks at Alert Level 3.
    Staff have contacted every family to ensure you all have a plan to work safely at home.
    Whilst school is technically open for Yr 9/10 students who NEED to be at school, we expect to have zero (0) Yr 9/10 students onsite at school.

    Yr 11-13 Senior Students

    • Email your teachers.
    • Work on your hardcopy material or online.
    • Check in with your teachers.
    • Set goals for yourself and do your very best to reach them.
    • No senior students are to be onsite at all.

    KEY LEARNING TIPS:

    • Try to do at least 20 minute chunks of work, then take a break.
    • Follow your timetable to the best of your ability.
    • Get out of bed before 9am.
    • Get out of your pyjamas before 9am..
    • Pull the curtains open in your house to get some natural light - this will help motivate you!

    DEVICES:
    The Yr 12 devices have started to be delivered by MOE, however, there have been some issues.
    Laptops are going to the wrong students, and then the passwords are not working

    We are sorting this out with the Ministry - so read your emails for updates.

    No students are to swap devices, go to someone else's house to drop it off, or have someone else drop a laptop to their house - as a means to sort it out.
    We do not want any bubbles being broken. We will get it sorted asap.

    Wednesday 29 April (and next two weeks, or so) - Whilst school is technically open for Yr 9/10 students, we expect to have zero (0) Yr 9/10 students onsite at school.
    No senior students are to be onsite at all.
    We expect all students to be learning from home over the next two weeks at least.

    Keep up the great effort everyone.
    Learning right now is very different and we appreciate it is a new challenge for us all.
    Embrace the challenge, learn from the experience, keep up with little routines and goals - this helps.

    All we ask is that you do your very best.

    Take care
    WE MISS YOU!

    Arohanui to you all

    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID-19 UPDATE 22-04-2020

    Re : Alert Level 3

    We hope you and your whānau are safe in your bubble. We are so impressed with the effort you have made to date - well done to you all!

    As you know, from next Tuesday 28th of April, the country will move to Alert Level 3.

    At Alert Level 3 the vast majority of students will stay at home, stay safe, not break bubbles, and will continue to learn from home. If parents/caregivers are at home, we are asking you to stay at home too.

    What does Alert Level 3 mean?

    We want all students if and where possible to stay safe and learn from home.

    The Government have said:
    "Stay home. If you are not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials, then you must be at home, the same as at Level 4.

    Work and learn from home if you can. We still want the vast majority of people working from home, and children and young people learning from home. At-risk students and staff should also stay at home, and they will be supported to do so. Early learning centres and schools will physically be open for up to Year 10 for families that need them.”

    Taita College will be open from next Wednesday the 29th of April but only for Year 9 and 10 students who NEED to be at school. This will be for students who have no one 14 years or over at home or whose parents have to go to work.

    Please note what school will look like at Alert Level 3:
    School will not be the same in Alert Level 3.
    Year 9/10 students will be assigned to one seat, in one room, and will be 1 metre apart. Each class will only have 8 students in the class, and will have their own break out area and toilet facilities. There will be absolute social and physical distancing. Students will be using Google Classroom supervised by a small number of staff.
    Students are to wear mufti, and bring all food and books, pens etc. It will not be school as we know it at all.

    Whilst we miss you all, the safest place for you to be right now is home. School will not be exciting at all in alert level 3, but of course if you NEED to be at school we will do our best to look after you.

    Keep checking in with your teachers to ensure you all know what to be working on. We believe all hardcopy materials have been delivered or should be this week. Be patient for devices and connectivity to be delivered.

    As a country we are breaking the chain. Please keep up the amazing effort you are all making so we can kick COVID-19 to the curb!!

    Your wellbeing is the most important thing - so take care and look after each other.

    Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.
    Talk soon

    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID-19 VIDEO UPDATE 15-04-2020

    Update from Karen Morgan

    COVID-19 UPDATE 15-04-2020 WELCOME TO TERM 2, VIRTUAL LEARNING

    Hi everyone

    I hope you are all taking care of yourselves and your families.

    It is so important that you continue to make good decisions and stay in your bubble, stay safe and know that by doing all of the right things you are breaking the chain and saving lives!

    Your safety and health is really important to us right now, so if you need anything at all please contact us via email at COVID19.info@taita.school.nz

    It is also important that you stay connected online to your friends/family - have those regular check ins.

    Keep your routines going, and try to set 3 goals each week to achieve.

    School and learning online will begin next Wednesday the 15th April, so start preparing yourself to be able to check in with your subject teachers. Once again, we advise that you follow your normal school timetable to the best of your ability.

    Plan for students Term 2:
    Please check the website for COVID-19 updates, check your emails.

    Try to stick to your normal timetable as much as you possibly can.

    We have ordered devices and hardcopy materials from the Ministry of Education for every student who does not have a device at home - as well as ordering both of these things for every senior student to safeguard learning.
    Be patient - it may take time to arrive and will be delivered to your letterbox, or outside door.
    Note: The MOE priorities will be senior students.

    The Ministry are aware of families who do not have WiFi or connectivity, so they are working on providing that to families who need it.

    If you have a device, this is the time where you check in with all of your teachers to be clear you know what you are working on. Your teachers and tutor teachers will be making contact. Please respond to them, so they know you are okay and so that you have a clear plan on your learning from home.

    Senior Students:
    Connect to your teachers online via email, Google classroom, zoom, messenger
    Continue to work on assessments issued prior to lockdown.
    Respond to your teachers for new work/assessments.

    Junior Students:
    Many of you took home hard copies of work before we went into lockdown. Please continue to work on that.
    Every student should have received a science booklet to work on in the post.
    Google classroom has been set up to access your learning, this is the best platform for you all.
    If you have nothing to do until you link to your teachers, then reading is always beneficial.

    This is a new learning experience for you all. Let's all do our best to make it both positive and meaningful.
    You've got this!

    Be great, and work hard.
    Take carel

    Ms Morgan.

    COVID-19 UPDATE 08-04-2020 CHECK INTO SAY HI!

    Hi everyone

    We just wanted to take a moment to "check in" to ensure you are all doing okay in your bubbles!

    Right now the key priority is your safety and health, so if you need anything at all please get in touch with us COVID19.info@taita.school.nz or email your tutor teacher or teachers' should you or your whānau need any support at all. All of our emails are on the website.

    It is officially the second week of holidays, so take this time to look after one another. Eat well, drink water and exercise - try to keep good routines.

    Once again please do all you can to keep physically isolated - stay safe, be kind, break the chain, and make good choices to protect each other and our community.

    School and learning online will begin next Wednesday the 15th April, so start preparing yourself to be able to check in with your subject teachers. Once again, we advise that you follow your normal school timetable to the best of your ability.

    We realise many of you seniors have continued to work through the holidays, as have your teachers, as a means to reach your set assessment deadlines and we appreciate that. Your hard work will pay off later, so keep up the amazing effort.

    We have been in contact with the Ministry of Education and informed them of all students who do not have devices. In the near future devices and some hardcopy workbooks may be distributed to your homes, but this will depend on the Ministry capability to achieve this huge task nationally.

    Finally, we know this is a new experience for all of us. Now, more than ever, we need to lead by example and live our key values - show manaakitanga, kotahitanga and whanaungatanga. We are one heart one beat - and people are most important.

    We will get through this, and time will allow things to change for us all.

    Have a lovely Easter.

    Take care
    Arohanui to you all

    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID-19 UPDATE 31-03-2020

    Update from Karen Morgan

    COVID-19UPDATE 30-03-2020

    Kia ora koutou

    We wanted to check in to make sure you are doing okay. We hope you are all doing well and adjusting to self isolating in your homes and looking after those in your bubble. Our key messages to keep at the forefront are:

    • STAY AT HOME
    • STAY SAFE
    • BREAK THE CHAIN
    • BE KIND TO EACH OTHER
    • STAY CONNECTED TO EACH OTHER ONLINE

    If you leave your house for exercise or essential goods, remember to keep 2 metres away from anyone who isn't in your bubble & wash your hands thoroughly when you get home.

    School holidays brought forward

    Whilst the holidays have now been brought forward to begin on Monday 30 March going through to Tuesday 14 April, we would still encourage to do the following:

    Establish Routines:

    • Regular wake up time, breakfast, bed time.
    • Exercise will be important, so perhaps you could all tune into the Les Mills workouts at 9am each day on TVNZ - and we could get fit together!

    Goals:

    • Set at least 3 goals you set for yourself each week.
      This can give you a real focus and helps you stay motivated. Write a journal and monitor your progress in meeting your goals.

    NCEA Assessments and Deadlines:

    • Many deadlines were set and work was given to senior students before we went into lockdown and the holidays were moved forward.
    • Do all you can to meet those deadlines and communicate to your teachers to ensure you are on target.
    • Your teachers are all committed to work alongside you to achieve these assessment deadlines.

    Learning:

    • Read as much as you can.
    • Check in with teachers via email or google classroom

    Devices and Connectivity:

    • Your tutor teachers should have emailed you to see if you have access to a device at home to work on, and if you have connectivity. Please respond.
    • If we have no response from you we will presume you do not have a device or connectivity.
    • The Ministry of Education has asked us for information on who doesn’t have online learning capability so we want to be sure we give them the right information if and when they ask us for it.
    • The Ministry of Education is trying to get connectivity and devices for all students who need it but it will be a huge undertaking. Please do not rely on this, as depending on the impact of COVID-19 many people will be compromised. Do your best to work on the photocopied material you have at home.

    Term Two

    When the holidays are completed, we would expect a more full timetable online to begin immediately. Do your best to try to self manage you and your learning to the best of your ability.

    Your safety

    If you or anyone in your family presents any flu-like symptoms such as a runny nose, headache, temperature, is sore and tired, or is coughing, call the Healthline number for advice: 0800 358 5453

    If you have any urgent questions or concerns please email: COVID19.info@taita.school.nz

    Please also check our website for the latest communications:

    Looking after each other

    • Follow all advice given by the Government and Health Board to minimise the impact of COVID-19. For the most up to date information go to: COVID19.GOVT.NZ
    • Look after the elderly particularly, and ensure that those who have high health risks are safeguarded as much as possible.
    • Take care of each other, make sensible decisions, keep to routines at home, shop sensibly, wash your hands, and stay connected online to friends and family to check in.

    We will get through this, but the more we can do to stay safe and isolated, the more we will be able to minimise the impact.

    Kia kaha
    One heart, one beat!.

    Ms Morgan and the TC team.

    COVID-19 UPDATE 26-03-2020

    Kia ora koutou

    Wellbeing
    As you will all be aware we are now on ALERT LEVEL 4. This means that we are all in self-isolation as a nation so we all must:

    STAY AT HOME, STAY SAFE!
    Take care of yourselves and your families.

    It is really important that we all take responsibility to stay in our “bubble” with the people we live within our house, and not venture out of that bubble, so that together we can minimise the impact of COVID-19. That means you need to stay at home, and not visit friends, or have your friends come over to your house. Of course, you can text, email and stay connected online.

    If you leave your house for exercise or essential goods, remember to keep 2 metres away from anyone who isn't in your "bubble" & wash your hands thoroughly when you get home.

    School holidays brought forward
    The school holidays have been brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week period of self-isolation. The school holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools).

    Please note the instruction to stay at home (Alert Level 4) will continue beyond the new school holiday period, but schools will be technically open for distance instruction. Teachers will be working offsite as all schools are now closed for 4 weeks.

    What does that mean for you
    Be kind to each other.

    Routines will be really important.

    We would strongly encourage you all to set some little goals, and try to stick to them each day or week.

    Despite it being school holidays from Monday, as we have only just started to learn online and adjust to learning at home, we would strongly encourage you to set up some time each day for your learning. We would normally expect all senior students to be working at home in the holidays, to ensure that work and assessments could be completed.

    Staff will be on holiday too, so they may not be in immediate contact with you. However, given the commitment they have for you all and your learning, they will be there online to help and support when they can.

    Once the holidays are completed, we would expect a more full timetable online to begin immediately. Do your best to try to self manage you and your learning to the best of your ability.

    Your safety
    If you or anyone in your family presents any flu-like symptoms such as a runny nose, headache, temperature, is sore and tired, or is coughing, call the Healthline number for advice: 0800 358 5453

    If you have any urgent questions or concerns please email: COVID19.info@taita.school.nz

    Please also check our website for the latest communications:

    Looking after each other
    More than ever this is a time to follow all advice given by the Government and Health Board to minimise the impact of COVID-19. For the most up to date information go to:
    COVID19.GOVT.NZ

    We need to look after the elderly particularly, and ensure that those who have high health risks are safeguarded as much as possible.

    Take care of each other, make sensible decisions, keep to routines at home, shop sensibly, and stay connected online to friends and family to

    We will get through this, but the more we can do to stay safe and isolated, the more we will be able to minimise the impact.

    Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

    Aroha nui to you all.

    Karen Morgan
    Principal of Taita College

    COVID-19 UPDATE 24-03-2020

    Kia ora koutou

    Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) we have been instructed by the Government to close the school - Taita College.

    If you have any urgent questions or concerns please email: COVID19.info@taita.school.nz

    Please also check our website regularly for the latest communications: taita.school.nz

    What does this mean for you and your child:l.

    • No student would be allowed on the school site or property whilst closed.
    • We will be sending any messages to you as a family via email, the School APP, or text messages, to stay connected.
    • We would ask that you check emails each day to be aware of any changes or important messages. A key message time would be 3pm each day for any updates, if there are any changes at all.
    • As parents you would need to take full responsibility for your child at home, and follow all Health Board and Government instructions, particularly if instructed to self-isolate.
    • We will only be able to open the school when the Government and Health Board has made an assessment regionally and nationally and instruct us to do so.
    • Check all information on the government site: COVID19.GOVT.NZ
    • Email the school by using COVID19.info@taita.school.nz - for any questions or help required. If you or your family is in need of any kind of support, please use this email to alert us.

    In respect to your child’s health:
    If your child presents any flu like symptoms such as a runny nose, headache, temperature, is sore and tired, or is coughing, call the healthline number for advice: 0800 358 5453.

    Once again, we ask that you follow all instructions issued by either the Health Board or the Government.

    It is important to remember that there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our school nor in our immediate community. All junior students without existing health conditions and who are feeling well should attend school as they normally do.

    In respect to your child’s learning:
    We would encourage your children to continue to follow their normal school timetable, whilst at home.

    Students have either got work to do in school workbooks, have photocopied booklets, or have the ability to learn online through Google Classroom and Google Docs.

    The more they can keep to a routine each day the better. We would recommend for secondary school students that they work to their normal school timetable, and allocate time in the day for the different subjects and learning required.

    Students can email teachers, text their tutor teacher, and link with all staff online to answer any questions or for any support they may require with their learning.

    If for some reason your child has no work at all, and no access to online learning, please encourage them to read as many books as possible whilst the school is closed.

    Looking after each other:
    More than ever this is a time to follow all advice given by the Government and Health Board to minimise the impact of COVID-19.

    We need to look after the elderly particularly, and ensure that those who have high health risks are safeguarded as much as possible.

    Take care of each other, make sensible decisions, keep to routines at home, shop sensibly, and stay connected online to friends and family to

    We will get through this, but the more we can do to stay safe and isolated, the more we will be able to minimise the impact.

    Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

    Aroha nui to you all.

    Karen Morgan
    Principal of Taita College

    COVID-19 UPDATE 23-03-2020

    Kia ora koutou

    With the announcement that New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 - Reduce Contact for COVID-19, people over 70 years of age, and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions, are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel.

    The Ministry of Education has asked that staff, children and young people in schools and early learning services now follow this advice.

    High risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:
    Medical conditions including; a compromised immune system, liver disease; cancer; kidney disease; heart disease; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); and diabetes mellitus.

    If your child/children have one of the existing conditions mentioned you are being asked to keep them home from school for their own safety.

    We have also asked staff who have concerns about their health to stay away from school.

    Because of the impact now on staff and students who may be ‘at risk’ due to their health, we have made the following decisions to best manage the safety and health of all.

    1. Monday 23 March - school as normal.
    2. Tuesday 24 March - school is open but for juniors only (yr 9 and Yr 10 students).
    3. Tuesday 24 March - all senior students yr 11-13 are to work from home for the week or until further notice. Communication will be emailed to parents and staff of any updates on this.
    4. Tuesday 24 March - Junior students school as normal - all classes operational as per normal for the week, or until further updates.

    Alert Level 2 means the virus is contained but with the risk of community transmission growing.

    Further information is available at:

    It is important to remember that there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our school nor in our immediate community. All junior students without existing health conditions and who are feeling well should attend school as they normally do.

    We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our students/children. That is why we are providing up to date advice and guidance so that we can all make informed decisions. We are all committed to supporting the safety and wellbeing of our school community.

    If your child does feel sick with cold or flu-like symptoms such as cough, sore throat, headache, runny nose, just as you normally would, please keep them at home. Call or text the school to inform the main office. As a family then ring the health line 0800 358 5453.

    The country and the world is going through major changes due to COVID-19. This is the time that we do all we can to support one another and to look after our community.

    Thank you for your ongoing support.

    Let's stay calm, be safe, and stick to the facts.

    Ngā mihi nui

    Karen Morgan
    Principal of Taita College

    UPDATE 20-03-2020

    Rules on gatherings do not apply to schools:
    You may have seen today that the Government has announced that indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are to be cancelled. This does not apply to schools, early learning services, tertiary providers, workplaces, supermarkets or public transport. We will continue to provide you with guidance around events and gatherings that could be relevant to schools.

    Why a school would close:
    There is a lot of discussion about school closures in the media with many varying opinions being expressed and some misinformation being deliberately spread.

    At the time of writing we have already seen one temporary closure following direction from a Medical Officer of Health. This was following confirmation that one student had been tested positive for COVID-19. That student is self-isolating and all their close contacts (150 students and staff) have been tested for the virus. It has just been announced that all of those tests have come back negative.

    The school will reopen next week however those 150 students and staff will remain away from the school for a period of 14 days from when they last had contact with the student confirmed with the virus. This is a precaution only, to keep those people and those around them safe.

    Medical Officers of Health – will direct schools to close if needed:
    Medical Officers of Health have the authority to close a school. They would only do so if there was a medical reason for this, or, after a confirmed case in the school they need to close it for a short period of time while they determine if there is any risk to others (which means staff and students stay away while they undertake contact tracing).

    If you have a confirmed case in your school, or your school community: If there was a confirmed case linked with your school, you will be quickly advised of that by the Medical Officer of Health.

    Our regional Ministry of Education staff will work with you and local health authorities to agree a plan for the school. That will happen quickly and support will be provided to assist you to communicate with and support your parent community. Closure for a short period of time is one option for the Medical Officer of Health.

    Decision tool for early learning and school responses to COVID-19: The Ministry is working with other government agencies to align our planning for a range of possible scenarios relating to schools and early learning services. An overview of our decision tool is available here for your information. This tool tells you what will happen in different situations.

    We have seen this in practice already. An example for Level 1 was Westlake Girls High School, where a students’ parents were both confirmed with the virus but the student had no symptoms (and continues to have no symptoms). An example of Level 2 is Logan Park High School, where a student has tested positive for COVID-19..

    You will see that higher levels of risk also have plans in place, which could include school closures for longer periods of time. Most of the scenarios at these higher risk levels relate to community transmission. Community transmission is when a confirmed case had no known contact with another confirmed case, and hasn’t recently arrived from overseas. There is currently no community transmission in New Zealand.

    When is sick, sick? The messaging remains clear – that if you are feeling unwell please stay home, and the same goes for children and young people. However at the tail end of a cold, there will be runny noses and probably some coughing. This might be worrying for some people who are being vigilant about their own and others’ health.

    A diagram has been developed by Dr Siouxsie Wiles to assist you when considering symptoms (sent to us by a teacher who found it useful). What it tells us is:

    • A dry cough and a high temperature are common to both flu and COVID-19
    • Sneezing is not a symptom of COVID-19, however if someone has COVID-19, then sneezing can spread droplets containing the virus

    Ngā mihi ki a koutou

    Karen Morgan
    Principal of Taita College