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**Poukawa School final update**

Kia ora ano Poukawa Whanau,

You’ll be aware that all of New Zealand (with the exception of Auckland) is moving to Alert Level 2 from midnight tonight.

We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back onsite on Thursday morning. Tomorrow (Wednesday) staff will be preparing the school for re-opening to all students on Thursday. As mentioned earlier today, the School Bus will be running as per normal and sanitiser will be on the bus for student entry /exit. Face coverings are not required on school bus transportation.

At Alert Level 2 there is low risk of community transmission and it provides us with a lot more opportunities to engage and connect with others. However, there are still a number of public health requirements we all need to follow. Please do continue to monitor your health and do not send your children to school if they are not well (and please seek advice about getting a COVID test).

If you are dropping your student off to school, please drop them at the front gate and we will organise for students to wait by the front gate at the end of school so you won’t need to come onsite. If you do need to come onsite for any reason, you must scan in on our QR code or sign the visitors register at reception.

For us, all the required safety precautions for Alert Level 2 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cough and sneeze into their elbow.

While physical distancing is not a requirement in schools, we will be doing our best to keep students from congregating in very large numbers and keeping spaces well-ventilated.

Face coverings are not required to be worn in school. The Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school – just as older children are required to wear face coverings in some other places. The decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected.

If you are not sure what all the rules are for alert level 2 when you are out and about, then the following information may be useful to you:

· COVID-19 Alert Levels summary table

· COVID-19 Alert Levels detailed table

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or myself (principal@poukawa.school.nz) if there is something you need assistance with. See you Thursday!

Ngā mihi

Mike Winkley


**Poukawa School COVID update Tuesday 7th September**

Morena Poukawa whanau,


As you no doubt will have heard the good news by now; we are at Level 2 tomorrow and schools will be reopening this Thursday.


I will send out more details as they come to hand from the Ministry as to exactly what this means for us as a school, but it is going to look very similar to last year when we were in Level 2.

The School Bus will be running and will be cleaned and sanitised after each use and all safety precautions will be adhered to when school starts on Thursday.

It is great to be able to bring you this news and fantastic to get our tamariki back to normality in terms of their schooling and learning.

I would very much like to thank you all for your patience, understanding and teaching efforts during this time.

We look forward to welcoming our students back on Thursday!

**Poukawa School COVID update Monday 6th September**

Kia ora ano Poukawa whanau,

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday the 7th of September, learning hard packs will once again be available for those students without device access. These will be available automatically for the students that required them last time but if there are any additional that are needed please let me know as soon as possible via principal@poukawa.school.nz.

If you are coming on site, please only one person at a time for the pickup point outside the office with a mask being compulsory. In the case of siblings in different classrooms then one pickup time is sufficient.


The timetable is below:

Kereru students – Pick up on Tuesday the 7th of September between 9am-10am only


Kea students – Pick up on Tuesday the 7th of September between 10am-11am only


Pukeko students – Pick up on Tuesday the 7th of September between 11am-12pm only


Ruru students – Pick up on Tuesday the 7th of September between 12pm-1pm only


Tui students – Pick up on Tuesday the 7th of September between 1pm-2pm only


Thank you all for your continued patience and understanding

Mike Winkley



**Poukawa School COVID update Friday 3rd September**

Kia ora Poukawa whanau,

On Tuesday the 7th of September, learning hard packs will once again be available for those students without device access. These will be available automatically for the students that required them last time but if there are any additional that are needed please let me know as soon as possible via principal@poukawa.school.nz.

If you are coming on site, please only one person at a time for the pickup point outside the office with a mask being compulsory. In the case of siblings in different classrooms then one pickup time is sufficient.


The timetable is below:

Kereru students – Pick up on Tuesday the 7th of September between 9am-10am only


Kea students – Pick up on Tuesday the 7th of September between 10am-11am only


Pukeko students – Pick up on Tuesday the 7th of September between 11am-12pm only


Ruru students – Pick up on Tuesday the 7th of September between 12pm-1pm only


Tui students – Pick up on Tuesday the 7th of September between 1pm-2pm only


Relax where you can, stay safe, be sensible and remember 'He waka eke noa - We are all in this together'

Ka kite ano koutou. Hopefully we will be back to normality as soon as possible!

Mike Winkley



**Poukawa School COVID update Wednesday 1st September**

Wednesday 1st of September


Morena Poukawa Whanau,

Welcome to Level 3.

We do very much thank you for respecting the bubble situation at the moment, and for continuing learning at home for your tamariki. We appreciate the huge effort during Level 3 and 4 you put into helping your students at home, as testing as this may be at times.

At this stage, all students are working from home which requires no staff to be onsite. If your situation changes with regards to essential work and thus require supervision at school please contact me in the first instance so we can plan for numbers if required. My email address is principal@poukawa.school.nz. Teachers are continuing to administer learning programmes as they have been during Level 4.

A message will come out in the next couple of days about hard packs if you need these replenished. Please let your child’s teacher know in the meantime if you require a learning hard pack.

Again, thank you for your continued efforts, patience and understanding during these times.

Kia kaha koutou

Mike Winkley

Principal

principal@poukawa.school.nz


***Poukawa School COVID update Saturday 28th August***


28 August 2021

Covid-19 Level 3 update

Kia ora, Poukawa Whanau,

With the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday that Hawkes Bay is to move into Alert Level 3 from next Wednesday. The school management team need to plan carefully for the possibility of a limited number of children that may have to attend and may need to be cared for onsite. During Level 3, the school bus will not be operating.

Under Alert level 3 regulations schools are still effectively closed but only open for parents who are required to work and have no other option for care for their children. The Prime Minster has stated that at Alert Level 3 schools will continue to be closed for face-to-face learning, other than for the children of parents who need to go to work and have no alternative care options available.

We will continue with our at home learning for all children, and only provide supervision for those who have to be at school because there is absolutely no other option for their care.

Poukawa School’s operating protocols at Alert Level 3:

Children will be taught in 1 or 2 separated whanau bubbles. Siblings will be placed together.

Break times and playgrounds will be staggered so there will be no inter bubble interaction (if required).

School gates will open at 9am and children must be collected after school between 2:30 - 2:45pm. There will be no opportunity for children to play normally on school equipment before or after school.

No parents / visitors are permitted to enter the school grounds.

Hygiene, hand sanitation and cleaning protocols will be followed.

Children must bring their morning tea, lunch and a drink bottle from home. Any child who presents as sick at school will be sent home.

Please let either myself (principal@poukawa.school.nz) or your child’s teacher know as soon as possible if your child will be attending school at Alert Level 3.

Thank you for your support and understanding during these challenging times.

Nga Mihi

Mike Winkley

Principal

Poukawa School



***Poukawa School COVID update Monday 23rd August***


Kia ora Poukawa whanau,

We hope you are well during this time and hope that day one of home learning has gone well for you and your whanau. Please remember that this is not intended to be an added pressure for you and that you should only be doing what you can, when you can with your child's learning. This will continue on at least for the remainder of this week with the latest announcement.

Also please remember that learning certainly doesn't always have to come from a book or a screen; it can come in discovery learning around the house in your own contexts. Please contact your child's teacher or myself (principal@poukawa.school.nz) if you need any assistance or guidance with learning. Encouraging physical activity during this time is also a very good idea.

Finally, a reminder that tomorrow (Tuesday the 24th) is when hard packs are being distributed from Poukawa School. Please bear in mind the strict conditions of which you are able to collect these and should only be in the case of a student not having access to a device. You should have already been in contact with your child's teacher if you need a pack distributed.

If you are coming on site, please only one person at a time for the pickup point outside the office with a mask being compulsory. A reminder of the timetable is below:

Kereru students – Pick up on Tuesday the 24th of August between 9am-10am only


Kea students – Pick up on Tuesday the 24th of August between 10am-11am only


Pukeko students – Pick up on Tuesday the 24th of August between 11am-12pm only


Ruru students – Pick up on Tuesday the 24th of August between 12pm-1pm only


Tui students – Pick up on Tuesday the 24th of August between 1pm-2pm only

Relax where you can, stay safe, be sensible and remember 'He waka eke noa - We are all in this together'

Ka kite ano koutou

Mike Winkley



***Poukawa School COVID update Friday 20th August***


Kia ora koutou,

In light of the Government’s decision to extend Level 4 lockdown into next week, Poukawa School students will be completing learning at home from Monday. This will be in the form of online learning as directed by your child’s teacher. We do stress that the wellbeing of your child is the number one priority and students should only complete what they can, when they can. If you have any concerns please contact either myself or your child’s teacher.

In very limited circumstances, hard packs are available if your child does not have access to a device. (School devices will not be issued out) We have an exemption for you to come to school and collect hard packs if you absolutely need to. Please let your teacher know asap if your child will be needing one of these hard-packs. However, the following strict guidelines must be adhered to:

A mask must be worn and social distancing of at least 2 metres must be observed while on site. The contactless pickup point will be on the court outside the school office. If there are siblings in different classes, then the earlier time will be the pickup time for both. Please only send one person for this pickup.

Kereru students – Pick up on Tuesday the 24th of August between 9am-10am only

Kea students – Pick up on Tuesday the 24th of August between 10am-11am only

Pukeko students – Pick up on Tuesday the 24th of August between 11am-12pm only

Ruru students – Pick up on Tuesday the 24th of August between 12pm-1pm only

Tui students – Pick up on Tuesday the 24th of August between 1pm-2pm only

Kia kaha koutou, be kind and take care

Mike Winkley

principal@poukawa.school.nz



***COVID Alert Level 4 Notice***


Kia ora koutou

We are now all in Alert Level 4 which means that our school will not be open onsite tomorrow, for any students. This follows someone being identified with COVID-19 and who has been in the Auckland and Coromandel communities while believed to be infectious.

It is really important we do everything we can to keep our community safe. Alert Level 4 means we need to stay home in our bubbles and avoid any travelling as much as possible. Supermarkets, pharmacies, foodbanks and other essential services will be open – but remember to wear a face covering if you are out and about (even a scarf wrapped around your mouth and nose will help). Check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go and please also keep a distance from people you don’t know and wash your hands well and often, especially before and after using any public facilities.

  • With such short notice we weren’t able to hand out devices or hard packs to students in order to support distance learning. Your teacher will be in touch tomorrow with some information to support learning from home

Please go to the Ministry of Health website if you live in Auckland or the Coromandel region, or have recently visited there. There is a list of locations the confirmed case has visited while they were considered to be infectious. If you were at one of those locations and at the same time as specified on the website, then please follow the relevant instructions to isolate and potentially to get tested. Please keep checking that webpage as new locations may be identified over time.

Our focus as always will be to support the learning, safety and wellbeing of our rangatahi and tamariki and we continue to be here to support you as well.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s kaiako or me, if there is something you need assistance with.

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Mike Winkley

Principal: Poukawa School

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