Alert Level 4 at Ruapotaka

What will Alert Level 3 look like for us as a school?

A Alert Level 4 Ruapotaka is CLOSED, all learning will be done from home via Google Meets and/or Learning Packs.

If you need to contact the school, please email the office on admin@ruapotaka.school.nz or the Principal on principal@ruapotaka.school.nz or phone us on 09 5276244. 

Alert Level 3 at Ruapotaka

What will Alert Level 3 look like for us as a school?
There are many considerations that we need to look at in order to decide what is the best way forward for Ruapotaka School. These are:

  • The amount of students who need to return to school
  • The amount of teachers who are able to return to school
  • The spaces we currently have available to use at school
  • The use of school facilities, such as toilets, as we still have toilets in the upper block that are undergoing upgrades and are not ready for use

We have a number of staff who have themselves or someone they live with, who has a compromised immune system or caring for someone who is 70 years old or older. We have to ensure there are enough people to support students who are returning. 

What will Alert Level 3 mean for our families?
If you have no-one to look after your child either at home or who can come into your home to look after your child or children, you may send them to school. You will need to book them a space to attend on the school site by emailing the Principal on principal@ruapotaka.school.nz

Drop off and Pick Up times:
Once you have been confirmed by the Principal that your child can attend school, then parents must drop students off at 9am and return to pick them up at 1:30pm. Parents will be greeted at the school gate and are not to come onto school premises. At the end of the day they must wait at the school gate to collect them.

What they will need to bring with them:
Parents must also provide morning tea and lunch for your child or children and bring their learning pack and device if they have them back to school with them. 

The school will ensure safe and strong hygiene practices are adhered to by students, staff, parents and visitors and there are systems in place to ensure this is done. We have to date had:

  • Each learning space including Resource Rooms, Library, meeting rooms and classrooms having sanitisers and disinfectants available for use
  • Classroom furniture and spaces have been wiped down with disinfectant prior to entry of students and prior to exit during the day. Staff understand regular cleaning of high use surfaces is and will be needed.

What will LEARNING look like at Alert Level 3?
There will be bubbles of 8 students and 2 adults. They will work in a space that is available.

On-line learning will cease and students will not be able to go online and visit their other classmates. Separate work will be set for them. Each bubble will be different depending on the students within that bubble. We will keep family members together at all times. So students may not be with other children in their normal classroom. 

How will the PLAYGROUNDS  be used?
Currently at this level no school playgrounds will be used at any time. The school playgrounds are still closed.
There is to be no play equipment used, such as balls, bats etc from outside each bubble. Equipment is to be sanitised before and after use. Each bubble will be given a specific designated area to play in and everyone in that bubble including the adults need to stay in that designated outdoor area.

TOILETS:
Each bubble will need to go to the closest toilet at set times during the day. Any student who needs to go to the toilets outside of these times will need to be accompanied by an adult. Hands will be washed prior to going to the toilet and hands will be washed returning from the toilet and hand sanitiser will be used before returning to their bubble activities. Bubbles will travel with both adults so that one adult can remain behind and spray down the toilet. The only toilets to be used will be the girls’ side. The BOYS toilets will only be used if the GIRLS toilets are being cleaned. 

PLAY EQUIPMENT
Play areas will be marked out. Each extended bubble will have two large containers containing itemised sports equipment. This equipment must stay in the bubble and designated area. One teacher will hand out sports gear at the beginning of breaks and count and collect it at the end. Gloves will be worn. Sports gear will be rinsed with warm, soapy water after each break. Teachers will work together to share this work and supervise children. If sports gear lands outside the bubble during play teachers or learning assistants will collect it, not students.

HAND CLEANING and Outside Water Taps
Students will wash their hands and use hand sanitiser before and after all breaks. Outside water taps are not to be used. Students will bring a water bottle from home and can refill these and keep them in their workspace rather than communally.

STATIONERY
Students will not be able to share their stationery with others. Please ensure that your child comes to school with all the resources they need, especially pencils, rulers and rubbers. They will have access to their books as usual. Teachers will be ensuring resources are not shared, e.g. crayons, colouring pencils.

LUNCHES:
Parents are to provide lunches for their child/children. If we have a large amount of bubbles we may be able to access the lunches scheme for these students and whanau will be told as soon as possible if this is the case.

PARENT/WHāNAU PICK UP AND DROP OFF
Parents will need to drop their child/children off at the gate directly to a staff member. If no staff member is present they must wait outside the school gates and wait for one to arrive. Try to keep a meter apart from others arriving. School will not be open until 9am. If the gate is unattended, parents can ring the office (09 5276244) to let the office know they are waiting at the gate. Parents are not permitted to come into the school grounds at any time unless they are invited. 

OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS:
Students are not permitted to visit the school grounds. 

ACCESS TO SCHOOL OFFICE:
The school office hours are 9am to 1:30pm each day. If you need to visit the office during the day, you will need to knock on the door and wait for a staff member to come to help you. They may invite you to come inside the office depending on your inquiry.

If you need to contact the school, please email the office on admin@ruapotaka.school.nz or the Principal on principal@ruapotaka.school.nz or phone us on 09 5276244. 

Can my child attend school at Alert Level 3?

Alert Level 2 at Ruapotaka

What will Alert Level 2 look like for us as a school?
There are many considerations that we need to look at in order to decide what is the best way forward for Ruapotaka School. These are:

  • The use of school facilities, such as toilets, playground etc
  • Ensuring each space in the school has hand sanitisers and disinfectant for regular cleaning, including hand soap for hand washing in classrooms
  • Ensuring there is enough space for students to remain distant from each other
  • Ensuring our students, whanau and visitors use good hygiene practices by:
    • Coughing and sneezing into their elbows and not touching their faces
    • Washing hands regularly especially before and after break times
    • Staying home if they are unwell

Our school will be following strict guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health at all times.

What will Alert Level 2 mean for our families?
The school will ensure safe and strong hygiene practices are adhered to by students, staff, parents and visitors and there are systems in place to ensure this is done. We have to date had:

  • Entrance ways to classrooms sanitised by Chemwash
  • Each learning space including Resource Rooms, Library, meeting rooms and classrooms having sanitisers and disinfectants available for use
  • Classroom furniture and spaces have been wiped down with disinfectant prior to entry of students and prior to exit during the day. Staff understand regular cleaning of high use surfaces is and will be needed.
  • Students and teachers are expected to wash their hands with hand sanitiser and/or soap and water as they return to the classroom EVERY time without hesitation – this MUST be a regular routine and become BUSINESS as usual. 
  • Visitors will keep 2m apart if new or unknown, including whanau and 1m apart if known and regular visitor to the school, e.g. Manaiakalani teacher, RTLB teacher etc. 

The following information will be helpful for whanau to know, prior to sending your child back to school:

Teachers Contacting Families:

Teachers will be contacting families over the next few days to ask if your child will be attending and to go over the health and safety procedures we have at the school. This is to ensure we have everything ready for your child’s arrival.

What will LEARNING look like at Alert Level 2?
There will be no bubbles. They will continue to work in their normal classrooms with normal timetables but with distancing in place. The first two weeks will be a settling in phase for both students and staff. New routines will be established.

On-line learning will continue for students whose parents have contacted the school, however, it will not be the same as it has been when all teachers were working at home. It may take some time for on-line learning to continue.  

How will the PLAYGROUNDS  be used?
Playgrounds will be open for use by all students. The playground will be cleaned at least once a day, however, students are expected to clean their hands prior to leaving the classroom and once they return after each break.

There is to be no playing equipment used, such as balls, bats etc at this time however, this will change as time goes on.

TOILETS:
Our toilets are still being upgraded so we will only have the use of the bottom toilets. Each classroom will have a way to monitor who goes to the toilet and the time they leave and return. Hands will be washed prior to going to the toilet and hands will be washed returning from the toilet and hand sanitiser will be used before returning to their classroom activities. Toilets will be cleaned regularly by our property assistant, twice a day, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. Duty staff will wipe down taps, benches, basins at the end of break times.

PLAY EQUIPMENT
There will be no play equipment such as soccer and basketballs for the first two weeks of the return during break times. Teachers will be planning for sports equipment to be used in classroom programmes that are appropriate with distancing measures.

HAND CLEANING and Outside Water Taps
Students will wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer before and after all breaks. Outside water taps are not to be used for drinking from. Students will need to bring a named water bottle from home and can refill these and keep them in their workspace.

CLASSROOM VENTILATION
Due to the Delta virus the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health have asked all teachers in classroom spaces to keep their classrooms well ventilated during break times, before students arrive and after students leave at the end of the day. However, during class times, they may have less ventilation if the weather is cold.

STATIONERY
Students will not be able to share their stationery with others. Please ensure that your child comes to school with all the resources they need, especially pencils, rulers and rubbers. They will have access to their books as usual. Teachers will be ensuring resources are not shared, e.g. crayons, colouring pencils.

LIBRARY/MULTIPURPOSE ROOM 
The library is being prepared to be used as normal as the upgrades have now finished. The multipurpose room will not be used for assemblies at this time and assemblies will be virtual. 

FOOD/FRUIT:
Although we are a fruit school and also part of the free lunch scheme with the Ministry of Education, we will be providing fruit and lunch as soon as we are allowed and as soon as we get notification from both companies. Fruit deliveries have not commenced yet and lunches will be available from the first day of school but we will keep you informed if and when we hear anything different.Parents need to make sure students have plenty of food for the day and a water bottle that can be refilled at school. This may change over the next few weeks.

PARENT/WHāNAU PICK UP AND DROP OFF
Parents will need to drop their child/children off at the gate directly to a staff member. If no staff member is present they must wait outside the school gates and wait for one to arrive. Try to keep a meter apart from others arriving. School will not be open until 8.30am. If the gate is unattended, between 8:30am and 9am, parents can ring the office (09 5276244) to let the office know they are waiting at the gate. Parents are not permitted to come into the school grounds at any time unless they are invited. 

Once students are inside the school, students are to wait on a marked spot outside the office for a staff member to usher them into the school grounds to which they immediately move to their classroom and wait outside their room on a spot for their teacher to call them into the classroom. Students DO NOT go through the office area at any time. 

At the end of the day teachers will walk students to the  gate to be given to parents. Parents MUST pick up and drop off their child/children each day. This is to ensure students remain safe to and from school and are not tempted to walk home with friends outside their normal bubble or school bubble. 

OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS:
Students are not permitted to visit the school grounds without supervision. Remember students are still required not to touch each other or breathe on each other.

ACCESS TO SCHOOL OFFICE:
The school office hours are 8am to 3:30pm each day. If you need to visit the office during the day, you will need to knock on the door and wait for a staff member to come to help you. They may invite you to come inside the office depending on your inquiry.

If you need to contact the school, please email the office on admin@ruapotaka.school.nz or the Principal on principal@ruapotaka.school.nz or phone us on 09 5276244.