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16 April 2020

What will Level 3 look like?

Tena koutou,
You may have heard the Prime Minister's press release at 1pm today where she discussed what Level 3 will look like, including when schools might open within the Alert Levels. 

I have linked the COVID-19 website that summarises her announcement here.

I wish to make the following points really clear:

  • The Prime Minister has NOT yet announced when we will move to Level 3 -  we can expect this announcement on Monday 20th as previously advised. Until then we remain in Level 4 and we do not yet know when Level 4 will be lifted. 
  • The Prime Minister has made it very clear that attending school onsite will be OPTIONAL once we move to Level 3. Basically, Level 3 means that we should still stay home if we can and school will be open for students of whanau that can not stay at home because they can not work from home. 

Obviously, this provides some challenges for us in terms of how to attend to students both onsite and from home and I am totally confident in our ability to do both. However, I do want to stress that Level 3 is not going to look like a return to 'normal life' nor will it be a return to 'normal schooling'. 

While teachers are balancing teaching students at school and at home, along with the need to maintain social distancing, there will be limitations to how much we can offer on a daily basis. 

With this all in mind, it is my plan to send a survey to you tomorrow afternoon to get a sense of how you have found the first three days of learning from home. 

We are fully committed to making the best of a challenging situation and we'll try and make tweaks along the way on the basis of feedback from parents, staff and most importantly students. 

Ngā mihi

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