We are entering into the new phase of Level 3 from Tuesday next week. I sent out a survey to parents asking who was intending sending their children back to school as from Wednesday. From your responses we had a number of children identified as coming back.
Unfortunately though, I have had to decline some of these requests as the parents did not meet the criteria for students returning. Here are the criteria:
Ministry guidelines underpinning the message. Here is the excerpt as sent to us from Iona Holsted, Secretary for Education:
The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home. If your child is sick please also ensure you keep them at home.
Here is the applicable paragraph from the Ministry of Education website:
At Level 3, all children and young people who can stay at home should stay at home and all children will have access to distance learning. But parents who have no way of supervising their children’s distance learning, or who need their children to return, can send their children back to school or early learning centres.
As you can see, parents have been strongly urged to keep children at home, with the understanding of ‘need to’ being as essential workers, or people who need to physically go to their work place. The point being made is, children who can stay at home, should stay at home.
I know that many parents have found this to be a difficult time but we are following MOE guidelines in our messages to parents about sending their children back to school.
The great news is that the teachers’ sites are looking amazing and the learning content is just fantastic. We know that most children have been engaged in the learning and that parents have also been using Education TV as well as the host of other activities offered on line.
Important Re Teacher Only Day on Tuesday 28 April. Next Week’s Learning.
Those of you who have been tuning into the news about Level 3 will have heard Minister for Education Chris Hipkins’ message that Tuesday 28 April is a teacher only day. This means that there will not be any learning posted for Tuesday. Next week’s distance learning will be available for Wednesday to Friday.
Not long to go now, only a couple more weeks. We can do this (to quote someone important!).