Morena e te whānau,
Thank you for helping us to keep our school open. We have been hit hard with Omicron with 26 children and two staff testing positive and another staff member self isolating. We presently have 17 akonga self isolating because household members have tested positive.
Many of you have decided to keep your children away as the wave goes through. We understand why you have done this if you are able to but we are also happy to accommodate those who attend school.
Today we have 52% attendance. We started with 55% on Wednesday but as the day went on we had a number of children present symptoms and were sent home. When office staff ring please be kind, as they are just the messenger when the child complains of a sore throat, headache, is coughing, has a runny nose or feels sick or looks lethargic we ask that you take them home and monitor their symptoms and administer a RAT test and if negative, not allowing the children to return until the symptoms have disappeared and they have tested negative again before returning to school.
Because we have staff shortages as well as the expectation to provide for learning from home for those self isolating and sick we have doubled up some classes. In fact there were only 19 children out of 66 from all Pohutukawa classes so this frees up some staff to set up home learning.
As of today for those you are not sick or self isolating we will provide some work for you to do at home. At this stage we are unable to do face to face Google Meets.
Rata and Pohutukawa whanau have been surveyed to choose either Seesaw or hard packs. For those who chose hard packs these are available on the footpath outside the office. Please take the pack that is recommended for your child’s class. Hard packs have been delivered to those who are sick or isolating and contact has been made with these families.
For Mamaku and Totara whanau your child’s work is available via the class Google site.
Please go to our website www.greymain.school.nz Please go to the white button that says ‘CLASSES’ and then place the cursor on your child’s class and you will be taken to the Google site where you can find schoolwork and activities they would be expected to do if they were at school. At this stage the blogs are not set up so when your child completes a task they can pop it in their folder or send it to Miss Kaye firstname.lastname@example.org If you chose not to complete this work please ensure your child reads each day, writes an email to their teacher about what they have been doing and gets outside to get some fresh air, perhaps even picking up rubbish in your street or along the beach.
As this hybrid learning is new for all of us there will be glitches but be kind and remember Grey Main staff are continuing to teach their classes at school and provide home learning so may not respond as quickly as you would like. These are challenging times but I can tell you that this year our children have been amazing and that is credit to you.
Please email your child’s teacher. Emails are also on our new website if you go to the red button ‘STAFF’ and you will find the email address under the photo of your child’s teacher.
Thank you everyone for being the best!