COVID-19 Updates

14 May 2020

Please see the attached MoE COVID-19 update 14.5.20
14 May 2020

Please see attached a letter e-mailed by the Principal to whānau, regarding students' return to school on Monday 18 May 2020.
8 May 2020

Please see the attached MoE COVID-19 update 8.5.20
7 May 2020

Please see the attached COVID-19 Canterbury Schools and ECEs update 7.5.20
7 May 2020

Kia ora

Like me, I am sure you have followed with interest the announcements made by the Prime Minister. It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and I thank you for your ongoing support for the work we are doing. 

Today, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing. The good news is that when we are able to, we will be ready to welcome all students and staff back to our school site. The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.  As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe. Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. 

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.  Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid's not measles or chickenpox, it doesn't hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don't have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their 'moist breath' zone”. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2! 

It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.  For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit https://covid19.govt.nz/    

If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please wait until I have some further directions from the MoE early next week. We will be in touch again with you next week, regarding our detailed health and safety plans. 

Thanks
Carey-Anne Whitaker
1 May 2020

Please see the attached MoE COVID-19 update 1.5.20
1 May 2020

Please see the attached COVID-19 Canterbury schools and ECEs update 1.5.20
28 April 2020

Please see the attached MoE COVID-19 update 28.4.20
24 April 2020

Please see the attached MoE COVID-19 update 24.4.20
24 April 2020

Please see the attached COVID-19 Canterbury Schools and ECEs update 24.4.20
23 April 2020

Please see the attached COVID-19 Canterbury Schools and ECEs update 23.4.20
20 April 2020

Please see the attached  COVID-19 Canterbury Schools and ECEs update 20.4.20
20 April 2020

Please see the attached MoE COVID-19 update 20.4.20
16 April 2020

Please see the attached MoE special bulletin COVID-19 update 16.4.20
14 April 2020

Please see the attached COVID-19 Canterbury Schools and ECEs update 14.4.20
14 April 2020

Please see the attached MoE special bulletin COVID-19 update 14.4.20
9 April 2020

Please see the attached MoE special bulletin COVID-19 update 9.4.20
8 April 2020

Please see the attached MoE Minister's announcement detailing package of supports for schools and kura 8.4.20 
7 April 2020

Please see the attached MoE special bulletin COVID-19 update 7.4.20
3 April 2020

Selwyn Civil Defence Emergency Management Team e-mail:
This is a good time to check all your details are up-to-date on Selwyn Gets Ready. You can do this by logging in at https://selwyn.getsready.net with the primary email address from your household.  Remember to check the skills, needs and resources of those in your household.  If you would like contact details for your local civil defence volunteer team, please email me directly sue.jenkins@selwyn.govt.nz.   Stay safe and follow the rules.

Please see the attached Selwyn key messages and contacts 3.4.20.pdf
2 April 2020

Please see the attached MoE school special bulletin COVID-19 2.4.20
31 March 2020

Please see the attached MoE COVID-19 update 31.3.20
30 March 2020

Please see the attached COVID-19 Canterbury Schools and ECEs update 30.3.20
27 March 2020 

COVID-19 | Canterbury Schools and ECEs update 27.3.20 

Ministry of Social Development support
Everyone’s family situation is different and MSD has information for people affected by COVID-19. MSD may be able to provide financial support for those struggling to meet their costs. See their information page for more information. 

Subsidised broadband
Not all households have access to the internet, so you might want to share this option with those who are not connected to ensure our tamariki are able to access and complete online education requirements,  Access internet based applications to help occupy their time over the next four weeks. 
Skinny Jump is flexible prepaid broadband: Only $5 for 30GB of data, no contracts or credit checks. 
Skinny Jump is a not-for-profit service supporting those most at risk of digital exclusion, including families with children, job seekers, seniors, people with disabilities, refugees and migrant communities, those in social housing. If you think this sounds like a plan can support someone in your community please share with them. 

Keeping yourself updated
The Ministry of Education website will continue to be updated with education related information.
The Ministry of Health website will be regularly updated with health and status information.
The All of Government website will also have the latest updates. 

Coralanne Child | Director of Education for Canterbury/ Chatham Islands | Sector Enablement & Support
27 March 2020

MoE relevant adjusted term dates 2020.   At this stage, we can advise:

26 March            Alert Level 4 commenced - distance learning for 26/27 March 
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 - school holiday
26 March 2020

School playground, grounds and school are closed to everyone until further notice.   A school closure information notice has been posted on the school office door.
24 March 2020

Please click on the link to access the MoE COVID-19 update dated Monday 23 March 2020 - School Bulletin | He Pitopito Kōrero.
23 March 2020

As detailed by the NZ Government in the announcement this afternoon, Greendale School is now closed to all students, except for children of those parents working in named essential services, for whom school will be available on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 March 2020 only. From midnight on Wednesday 25 March 2020, school will be closed to all students and staff until at least the end of Term 1 2020.

Children's work was sent home today by the teachers. All student logins for everything are in their Read-its, inside the cover. If any parents would like more reading books, please e-mail your child's class teacher and they can organise for books to be left in our school mailbox today or tomorrow for you. For any learning queries, please e-mail your class teacher.
17 March 2020

Kia ora Greendale whānau

Please see the attached letter from our Principal and Board Chair, e-mailed to our families.

More health advice and virus prevention information is available on the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education websites:
For further information, click on the links below.