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TERM 1 - WEEK 8 20 Mar 2020


AVALON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL  

NEWSLETTER TERM 1 - Week 8

 Friday 20th March 2020   

 

BOOSTRIX INJECTIONS

On Monday 23rd March our Year 7 students will be having their Boostrix immunisation. The public health nurses contacted us today, asking if they could bring this forward to next week and we have agreed. If you have not returned the consent form, your child will not be given the vaccination. Year 8 students will have their Gardasil vaccination later in the year. 

 

STUDY CENTRES

We have decided to stop our Literacy, Maths and STEAM study centre for the next 3 weeks so that all students and teachers can get home earlier and take care of their health. There is a shortage of relievers at the moment and with staff absences due to cold/flu it sometimes means we need to split classes if we cannot find a reliever. This puts extra pressure on our staff who are at school. Whilst we know study centres are very good for our students and teachers enjoy taking these sessions, we think that sending our staff home by 4pm each day is a good way of supporting them over the next month. The gardening club will continue on Tuesdays from 2:50pm - 4:20pm. Thank you for your understanding. 

 

CORONAVIRUS-19 UPDATE

With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.

  • As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform me about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you

  • If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.

  • If our school does need to close temporarily, we have a plan in place to support student’s learning. Teachers are organising packs of work for students and online programmes to continue to support their learning. 

We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here. 

 

Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practicing good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness. 

  • We have shared videos this week about Coronavirus-19 so students understand the importance of washing their hands

  • Increased the cleaning of hard surfaces (table tops, door handles) 

  • Stopped assemblies and large group gatherings

  • Stopped inter school sport, cultural group practices

  • Stopped Literacy, Maths and STEAM study centres 

 

We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community.   

 

Take care,

 

 

Ariana Te Whetu

Principal

 

 

 

 

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