You’ll be aware that Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has announced the move to Orange at 11:59pm tonight.
The decision to move to Orange has been made on public health advice and reflects that we are moving past the peak of cases and our health system is able to cope.
At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However due to the higher-than-average number of positive student cases reported to us this week, our current mask expectations (worn inside at all times and highly recommended outdoors) will remain in place for all staff and students tomorrow (Thursday 14 April).
Public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.
We also ask that your child continues to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask, – for example, when we are having an assembly. If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks are worn in classrooms for a time.
At Orange, students aged 12 and above are still required to wear a face mask on school or public transport.
We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick.
We are looking forward to a few less restrictions and returning to a school life that is a bit closer to normal.
BOTANY DOWNS SECONDARY COLLEGE
Please do not expect your child to sit working on their device like a normal school day, i.e. 8:45am–3:15pm. This is not practical or healthy, nor is it expected. On average, you can expect your child to spend around 40-45 minutes on each subject. Students are expected to meet all homework, assignment, and assessment deadlines. Their Tutor Teacher will be their first point of contact if they are having any IT issues, concerns about their workload, or perhaps feeling anxious about the current style of learning.
We will continue to communicate with you over the coming days as more information becomes available.
Remember, be kind to one another during what can be a challenging time especially those essential workers on the front line.
Mrs Karen Brinsden