May 14, 2020 | principal's message
Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau o Craighead –
As anticipated, the Prime Minister announced that all schools will be able to open for all students from Monday 18th May. We are therefore looking forward to welcoming Craighead students back onto our campus next Monday. We are asking all students to be at school by 8.55am (not the usual time of 8.40am) to allow for a slightly longer staff briefing on Monday and to report directly to their Whānau Rooms.
At Alert Level 2, schools are considered safe environments for children, young people and staff. We will be implementing processes which will enable us to ensure that we know who is at school and who our staff and students have been in close contact with. We will also be undertaking enhanced hygiene and cleaning measures to keep everyone safe. Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. However, the Government has acknowledged that this can be difficult to maintain in schools. Therefore, regular cleaning and good personal hygiene practices are more important than ever. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, regular handwashing with soap, and the frequent cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. It is crucial that students and staff stay at home if they are sick. We will assess anyone who displays any COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms before sending them home. We are conscious that some students and staff will feel excited about returning and others will feel anxious for a variety of reasons. We need to be sensitive to the impact that the events of the past weeks have had on each of us. The detailed information below is designed to help everyone to have a clear understanding of what to expect upon returning to Craighead on Monday. Wellbeing and consolidation of learning will be our priorities in week one.
Hygiene, cleaning, movement and Dining Room procedures :
We have developed further Health and Safety practices in line with Public Health requirements which will be followed at Craighead for the duration of Alert Level 2. These include:
• Clear guidelines for students and staff about appropriate hygiene practices – constantly provided and reinforced.
• New routines with students for entering classrooms efficiently to reduce congestion in the corridors and improve traffic flow.
• Additional cleaning of toilets, changing rooms and high use surfaces throughout the day.
• Tissues and hand sanitiser available and utilised in all classrooms and other spaces where people meet. Disinfectant spray for cleaning surfaces available in each classroom, and also allocated to each set of equipment in our gymnasium fitness room.
• Encouraging students to bring their own named drink bottles to school rather than using the drinking fountains, and filling them at home.
• Dining Room operations – we have introduced a new way for daygirls to order and receive food from the Dining Room with a “click and collect” method. They will see signs around the school with a QR code to scan with a device taking them to an order form. They will then be able to order food which will be charged to your account. Food can then be picked up, contactless, from outside the Dining Room at interval or lunchtime. Please note that all orders for that day must be placed before 8:40am (the same time phones go away for the day).
Attendance and contact tracing:
Accurate class rolls will be more important than ever under Alert Level 2. Should there be a COVID-19 case in our school community, we would be required to pass this information onto the Ministry of Health for their contact tracing process.
• If your daughter will not be attending school on any particular day, it is crucial that you let us know as soon as possible, by 8.00am at the latest, by using the school email address firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the school phone line: (03) 688 6074.
• Our usual processes around all visitors signing in when they arrive will also be crucially important. If you are visiting the campus, it is imperative that you report to the main office reception on Wrights Ave, sign in, and sign out again when you leave.
Reconnecting as a School Community
The primary focus of our first week back on campus (18-22 May) will be on coming together as a school community, re-establishing relationships and routines, including creating spaces to process what we’ve all collectively experienced. We will be providing opportunities for students to reconnect with each other. This will be through live-streamed Chapel, Whānau time, and Year Level meetings. We are very aware that the return to school could be a time of high anxiety for some and we will be designating a quiet wellbeing space at school (lunchtimes in the library) where students can come and talk with Deans if they need support. The Guidance Counselling team, Joanne Grace and Gillian Towle will be able to assist those requiring specialist support by appointment
God Bless – E te atua manaaki – Lindy Graham