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Friday 27 March - School Message COVID-19 Update
Lisa Currie
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Friday 27 March - School Message COVID-19 Update

Kia ora Parents and Whanau - Here is an extract from the latest Ministry of Education update. If you haven't had the opportunity so far, have a look at the link in the 'Wellbeing for all' section - some useful ideas for home.

Key dates reminder

26 March            Alert Level 4 commenced
28 March            School holidays begin
10 – 14 April      Easter including the Tuesday after Easter
15 April               Term 2 begins (through distance learning)
22 April               Current date for ending of lockdown period
27 April               ANZAC Day observed

Key lockdown messages from the Prime Minister (Select Committee Media Briefing 25 March)

· If the virus is left unchecked it will have an unacceptable toll on New Zealanders

· Staying at home will break the chain and save lives

· Breaking the rules could risk someone close to you

· if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands

· Success will not be instant. The benefit of actions taken today will not be felt for many days to come. People need to expect the numbers to continue rising, because they will. Modelling indicates that New Zealand could have several thousand cases before today’s measures have an impact. However, if everyone sticks to the rules there will be change over time

· Act like you have COVID-19. Every move you make could be a risk to someone else. That is how New Zealanders must collectively think now

· All New Zealanders are urged to be calm, be kind, stay at home

· if people have no explanation of why they are outside the Police will remind them of their obligations and can take enforcement actions if they feel it is necessary

· New Zealanders will want to do the right thing. The Government is being as clear as they can on the guidance and Police will be working with people to help them understand

· Government’s goal is to keep people connected to their employer through the wage subsidy, and said if that was not happening then they have the backup mechanism of the welfare system

· In regard to those overseas - even under the most difficult of circumstances - New Zealand is their home.

Routines

You will understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, like you’re now working from home, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring, and promote health and physical wellbeing. The below timetable (targeted at children) could be something your household adapts to use over the next weeks. A school holiday version will likely look a little different, but some form of routine will still be important as we go through the lockdown period.
 
Daily Schedule

Before 9:00am

Wake up

Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry

9:00-10:00

Morning walk

Family walk with the dog, bike ride,
Yoga if it’s raining

10:00-11:00

Learning at home

School-led learning or Sudoku, books, flash cards, study guide, journal etc

11:00-12:00

Creative time

Legos, magnatiles, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.

12:00 pm

Lunch :)

12:30

Helping at home

# wipe all kitchen tables and chairs
# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops
# wipe both bathrooms - sinks and toilets

1:00-2:30

Quiet time

Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories

2:30-4:00

Learning at home

School-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, Educational show

4:00-5:00

Afternoon fresh air

Bikes, walk the dog, play outside

5:00-6:00

Dinner :)

6:00-8:00

Free TV time

Kids shower time

8:00

Bedtime

All kids

9:00pm

Bedtime

All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight

*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography

Wellbeing for all

We have information focused on wellbeing and supporting a child’s learning at home for parents, caregivers and whānau. It may also be useful for teachers. This resource adds to the information we have previously provided supporting conversations with children about COVID-19 - http://education.govt.nz/school/health-safety-and-wellbeing/pastoral-care-and-wellbeing/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-coronavirus/.
 

Further information to support wellbeing

Stay home to stay safe.
Nga mihi,
 
Mark Ashcroft
Principal 
 
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