KAIPAKI SCHOOL - Bringing Learning to Life - 687 Kaipaki Road, RD 1, Ohaupo - Phone 07 823 6653 - Fax 07 823 6625 - Email office@kaipaki.school.nz

Notices and Updates

Current notices are listed below. Old notices from the last month (if any) are listed below them.

School Closure and Learning at Home

 

Kia ora koutou
 
With today’s announcement by Government, we are implementing with urgency our plan to support your child’s learning. We appreciate this is a sudden and significant change, and will be heavily disruptive to many people in our community.
 

For children of essential workers, school will be open tomorrow morning from 8.45 - 3.00 and again on Wednesday.  School will close for all students on Wednesday. You may wish to check if you are considered an essential worker - https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-system/  however those roles include doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and police.  There will be no bus runs.
 
For all other children, we will be supporting their learning from your home in the very near future through an online learning package.

Your child’s teacher will be in email contact with you when this is ready.  Most children who attended school today took home readers and exercise books which will provide them with immediate activities in the interim.

 

Please remember, the online learning is not school - your children do not have to do 5 hours of school work each day. It is to help maintain what they have been learning and to provide a tiny amount of normality in these unusual times. Do as much or as little as you see fit for your family.

If you have any questions about learning or there are any issues for your child, please feel free to contact us from Monday to Friday, using our individual email addresses.  Although we will be working, please be mindful that many of our staff will also have responsibilities at home caring for their own families so please do not expect an immediate response.  If today’s collapse of the phone system and extremely slow internet speed are anything to go by, we could all face some difficulties at times with communication as well.

 

School holidays brought forward


School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week period. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools).
 
At the end of the school holidays, schools will be open for distance learning but not physically open for staff to work at the schools.
 
Please note the instruction to stay home (Alert Level 4) will continue beyond the new school holiday period but schools will be technically open for distance instruction. Teachers will be working offsite.

 

We understand that for some of our families, provision of ongoing care for your children during the next 4 weeks will be difficult. It was announced today that if you need to have your child cared for by someone else you will need to identify that person or people as part of your self-isolated group. This will need to be done by midnight Wednesday and the group must remain the same for the whole 4 week period. The caregiver’s own group (eg, their partner and children), your child and your own group (eg, your parents and other children) become one group. This group needs to be limited to minimise any risk of spread and should be no more than 20 people.
 
Your child will be looking to you for guidance in this unsettling time. Parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers will have a particularly important part to play in reassuring children. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to read the information put together by the Ministry of Education to support your conversations with your children – 
Talking to children about COVID-19Nathan Wallis also has some great advice.

Our thoughts are with all of our Kaipaki whaanau at this time. If we can support you in any way, please email me principal@kaipaki.school.nz or phone/text me 027 627 7373.  

I will continue to update you in the coming weeks.

Please be safe, follow the Ministry of Health guidelines and be kind to one another.

 

Ngā mihi

Kim

 

 

 

 

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Covid 19 - Level 2 Announcement

Kia ora e ngā whānau

Covid 19 - Level 2 Announcement

Yesterday the Prime Minister introduced Covid-19 Alert Levels. There are 4 different levels that can be set at a national or regional level. Currently we are nationally at Alert Level 2 in terms of our response to COVID-19.

This means that at this stage Kaipaki School will remain open and we will adapt our practices to meet all necessary requirements.

At Level 2, people over 70 years of age and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on. This will have an impact on our school.

If you do intend to self-isolate or temporarily withdraw your child/ren from school for the foreseeable future, it is important that you advise the school to help us with our planning over the next few days. If your child will be absent from school tomorrow, or any other day, please let us know before 9.30am tomorrow using the appropriate channels i.e. Email the office, Skool Loop absentee message, leave a voicemail on the school phone, text message to the school office phone. Don't forget to let us know how long your child is likely to be away, so we don't have to contact you daily for this information.

Home Learning

Our team is working together with the Ministry of Education and other Cambridge schools to develop processes to allow learning to continue from home. Initially our focus will be on hauora/wellbeing and supporting families with this transition.

Remember instructional lessons in school are usually in 15 - 20 minute blocks. There is no expectation for 5 hours of ‘school work’. These are unique times and we will provide some scaffolding for learning to continue, however, understand that family routines will also be adjusting.

Here is a blog post with some really interesting thoughts - it is worth a read: Be Strong, Be Kind blogSome initial resources that you may like to use while we are further developing these processes: https://www.funbrain.com/
https://www.starfall.com/h/

Senior students can also continue to use their study ladder and prodigy school accounts.

Keeping You Up To Date

We will continue to update you via email and on our school website. At this stage this will be daily unless advised otherwise. Information we share will be sourced directly from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.

Our Cambridge Principals Association are also working together to coordinate information, learning and support.

Ngā mihi nui

Kim and the Kaipaki Team

principal@kaipaki.school.nz

027 627 7373

Update from the Ministry of Education 21 March 2020

With the announcement t hat New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact for COVID-19, people over 70 years of age and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel.

Staff, children and young people in schools and early learning services are therefore asked to follow this advice.

High risk individuals

While the majority of people who are confirmed with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms, some individuals are at risk of more severe symptoms.

Older people, particularly those with pre-existing health problems are more likely to get severe illness and are therefore considered at risk. High risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:

● a compromised immune system ● liver disease
● cancer
● kidney disease

● heart disease
● diabetes mellitus
Further information is available at:

● https://covid19.govt.nz/help-and-advice/for-everyone/vulnerable-people/
● https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/covid-19-n ovel-coronavirus-questions-and-answers


Updated Postponements

Kia Ora Whanau,  

Postponement/Cancellation of School Events 

To support the ongoing wellbeing of our children and our community, there are a number of postponements and cancellations we need to make as a school/community. Some of these decisions have been made by the school while some have been made by either local Sports Clubs/Organisations or District/National Governing Bodies.

Postponements/Cancellations at this point:

NEW: Lacrosse (Lacrosse Organiser)

School Camp postponed  (Kaipaki School Board of Trustees)

Rural Swimming Sports (Cambridge Principals’ Association)

Interschool Swimming Sports (Cambridge Principals’ Association)

Cricket (New Zealand Cricket)

Football (WaiBop)

Touch Rugby (Sports Organisation)

Year 5/6 Leadership Day (School decision)

Hockey postponed until 2 May (Hockey NZ)

Netball postponed until 2 May (Cambridge Netball/Netball NZ)

 

It is highly likely that there will be more event cancellations. We will inform you of these as soon as we know more.

We are maintaining our normal routine at school as much as possible and continue to promote good hygiene practices with all staff and students. Please remember to keep all sick children home.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Ngā mihi

 

Kim Budd

Principal

20 March Update

Kia ora koutou

 

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.

 

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 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.   

 

Ngā mihi

Kim

New Government Website

The following link leads you to the official government website regarding Covid-19

Government website Covid-19

19 March Cancellations and Postponement

19 March 2020

Kia Ora Whanau,  

Cancellation of School Events 

In response to the latest COVID 19 mandate on gatherings of over 500, and to support the ongoing wellbeing of our children and our community, there are a number of postponements and cancellations we need to make as a school/community. Some of these decisions have been made by the school while some have been made by either local Sports Clubs/Organisations or District/National Governing Bodies.

Cancellations at this point:

School Camp postponed  (Kaipaki School Board of Trustees)

Rural Swimming Sports (Cambridge Principals’ Association)

Interschool Swimming Sports (Cambridge Principals’ Association)

Cricket (New Zealand Cricket)

Football (WaiBop)

Touch Rugby (Sports Organisation)

Year 5/6 Leadership Day (School decision)

Hockey postponed until 2 May (Hockey NZ)

Netball postponed until 2 May (Cambridge Netball/Netball NZ)

 

It is highly likely that there will be more event cancellations. We will inform you of these as soon as we know more.

We are maintaining our normal routine at school as much as possible and continue to promote good hygiene practices with all staff and students. Please remember to keep all sick children home.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me directly.

Ngā mihi

 

Kim Budd

Principal

Important Camp Update/Covid-19 information.docx

17 March 2020

 

Dear Families

 

Due to Health and Safety concerns related to the Covid 19 Coronavirus Pandemic, the Kaipaki School Board of Trustees have made the decision to postpone our school camp due to be held at Ngaruawahia Christian Camp 6th – 9th April.  Our booking has been rescheduled to the last week of Term 3, Monday 21st – Wednesday 23rd September, 2020.  All camp forms will be reissued nearer the rescheduled date.  In the next few days we will endeavor to have individual discussions regarding camp donations with those families who have already made payments.  


We are continuing to monitor the world health situation and are in regular contact with all government agencies that are managing New Zealand’s response. As you will appreciate, the landscape is changing quickly, with new measures and recommendations being established constantly and within very short time frames. We want to assure you that if there is heightened concern around the safety of our students, we will work with these agencies to minimize risk, and will communicate fully and quickly with the community in this instance.


In the meantime, school continues to operate as normal, with an increased promotion of personal hygiene and frequent cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.  We have hand washing procedures in place reflective of these recommendations at school.  We have also made the decision to eat in class areas rather than as a whole school and there will be no school assemblies for the remainder of the term. We are preparing for the possibility of further measures from the government, including reviewing our preparedness for online learning if that becomes necessary.


Currently the advice remains that the best way to protect ourselves from the spread of the virus is through practising good hygiene:

  • washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and then drying them thoroughly
  • avoiding touching eyes, noses, ears and mouths 
  • staying home when sick and seeking medical attention
  • covering sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the rubbish/sneezing into your arm rather than your hand
  • avoiding hand shaking, hugs, hongi 
  • getting adequate sleep and eating well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system


The following websites are updated regularly with the most up to date information should you wish to read more: 

Ministry of Health

Ministry of Education


This video being recommended by the Ministry of Education is also a good resource to help your child understand more about the virus in child-friendly language.  

 

We ask please that if your child is unwell, keep them at home and seek medical advice. If you have any of the symptoms associated with Coronavirus, have recently been to a country or area of concern, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, please telephone Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453

 

Kind regards

 

Kim Budd

COVID-19 UPDATE 18 MARCH

COVID-19 UPDATE 18 MARCH

You will be aware the Ministry of Health’s Director-General has confirmed a case of COVID-19 in a Dunedin school following a student testing positive for coronavirus.  
 
On advice from the Southern District Health Board the school will now remain closed until Tuesday.
 
The Ministries of Education and Health are working closely with Public Health services in Dunedin and the school leadership.
 
Reminder – all other schools remain open
 
At this stage, we are not expecting widespread school closures. We are planning for temporary closures, like what is happening at Logan Park School but as the World Health Organisation has confirmed, the risk to children remains low and parents should continue to send their kids to schools and early learning centres.
 
Consequently, any decisions about school closures will be made on a case by case basis. In the meantime, unless students are unwell themselves, then parents should keep sending them to schools and early learning centres as these environments continue to be safe and the best place for them to continue their learning.
 
Talking to children and young people about COVID-19
 
Given the rise in the number of reported cases, there may be children or young people in your life who experience distress. As a trusted adult, you can help reassure and educate them about COVID-19 – it can be good to talk to them now, so they can understand the illness and be reassured.
 
A useful resource for parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers talking about the virus with children and young people can be found here
 
This can also be downloaded as an information sheet.
 
Up-to-date information and advice
 
The Ministry of Health is the Government agency leading the response to COVID-19
 
The Secretary for Education joined the Director-General of Health for the Ministry of Health’s COVID 19 update today. You can view that, and all Ministry of Health updates here.

Important Notices