24th August 2020


Kia ora koutou

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister we will remain at Alert Level 2.

Just a reminder at Alert Level 2, we must adhere to key health measures including:
Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette
Staying away if sick
Keeping the appropriate physical distance from others
Cleaning and disinfecting our high touch surfaces daily
Displaying QR code posters at our entrances and encouraging all of our community to download the NZ COVID Tracer App and use it if they come onsite
Keeping a visitor register for anyone who cannot use the app. We know all these things will help to keep our community as safe as possible. Because of these measures, your child does not need to wear a face covering while at school. We will of course support them should they choose to do so.

Ngā mihi

20th August Update

With the news that we will be at Alert Level 2 for 12 more days we will be following our Alert Level 2 Procedures:

We will be regularly reviewing all procedures to ensure we are following the most up to date advice from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health

School Contact details: office@wanganuieast.school.nz or phone: 3438054 or 0211076551

Movement in and Out of the School

Under Alert Level 2 we will have a drop off and pick up only approach to restrict the number of ‘adults on-site’.

We are aware that there may be reasons parents may need to be onsite and if this is the case please come to the office to record your name on the Contact Tracing register as a visitor or use the QR Codes that are around the school.

If a child needs to be picked up early, we ask that parents contact the office and your child will be taken to the gate with a staff member.

Drop off time: 8.20am

A teacher will be at the gate to welcome the children to school each morning

Children will be asked to hang up their bags, wash and sanitise hands before starting their day

Please keep your child home if they are unwell and contact the office before 9am

All staff will be returning to school and children will be in their usual class – if staff are unwell they will remain home

If your child has asthma can you please ensure that we have the latest version of their asthma plan


Hand sanitiser will be provided in every classroom and sanitiser stations will be set up at the designated entry and exit points – students and staff will use these as they enter or exit a room

Additional disinfectant/cloths will be available in classrooms for children and teachers to sanitise spaces and surfaces throughout the school day

Toilet blocks will be cleaned regularly

Cleaners will complete daily cleans in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines

We will continue to model good hygiene practices (coughing into your elbow, handwashing and drying) and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces

Physical Distancing

There is no bubble concept at Alert Level 2 so there are no restrictions on groups of students mixing with others on site.
Children and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not within the ‘Moist Breath Zone’ or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

Play time activities can include access to sports equipment including playgrounds but hygiene practice of washing hands will be observed before and after playing with or on equipment

There will also be regular cleaning of shared equipment such as balls, sticks etc

We will continue to have staggered morning tea and lunchtimes to ensure no more than 100 students at one time in the playground areas

Please ensure your child has a drink bottle as water fountains will be turned off

Due to the restrictions of visitors on site Little Achievers will be postponed until further notice.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask

Kind Regards
Eleanore Barry

School Holidays/Term 2 2020

School holidays will start early, from 30 March to 14 April inclusive. Schools at this stage will be closed for 4 weeks for all students as of Wednesday 25th March.

During the holiday break, staff will be developing distance learning options for Term 2 and distant learning will begin on April 15th.

Update: 20th March

IMPORTANT information about COVID-19 from the Ministries of Education & Health –

Reminder – schools remain open

At this stage, we are not expecting widespread school closures. We are planning for temporary closures 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 using the link below.

Up-to-date information and advice –

A reminder that information and advice for students, whānau and the education sector is available here https://www.education.govt.nz/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-3/

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