What school will be like – Alert Level 2

School will be different while we are at Alert 2 and this is to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who are coming to school. We will be following health and safety measures that have been provided by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health.

Here is an outline what those restrictions will mean for you and your children coming to school and for dropping your children off and collecting them at the end of the day.

Please read these carefully as there is a lot of information.

At Pick up and Drop Off:

If you are unwell you are asked not to enter the school grounds

• Parents and whanau are encouraged not to enter the school site on drop off or pick up.

• Parents who need to take their children to the classes, can do so. Please ensure the tracing register is completed. – This may be a slow process, so please be patient.

• The only access to the school site will be the driveway. The other gates will be locked.

• Children enrolled at Fernlea School do not need to fill in the register on entering the site.

• Anyone entering the school grounds during the day must fill in the register. Ringing or emailing is the best way of contacting us.

• Everyone is reminded of social distancing.

Staff are the only people allowed in the school grounds prior to 8:20 am and after 3:15 pm. This means no children can be dropped off or arrive at school prior to 8:20 am

• Lovely Angels After School Care will be running as usual

In Classrooms:

• Students will be reminded about social distancing, moist breath zone and hygiene rules and expectations.

• Posters will be put up reminding everyone of the rules.

• Classroom equipment can be shared

• Sanitiser will be provided in every classroom for everyone to use upon exit and entry.

• Children will eat morning tea and lunch on their decks/or in classrooms and wash hands before and after eating.

• Classroom doors will be left open if possible.

• Normal school activities will continue, although assemblies will be split to allow for distancing.

• Any students who show signs of being unwell be required to go home. Parents will be required to collect as soon as possible!


• Classroom programmes will resume with a focus on student well-being.

• We are planning to have learning conversations at the end of Term 2.

• Learning packs will be available for those students who are continuing to learn from home. These will be available for collection from 10 am on Monday 15 May, at the bottom of the driveway. To make the workload manageable teachers will not be providing online learning for learners who remain at home.

Cleaning and Hygiene:

• Sanitiser and tissues will be available in every classroom.

• Soap and hot water will be available in all bathrooms.

• Washing or sanitising hands will occur

• When entering any room/learning space

• Before eating

• After eating

• Before going on break

• Cleaners will complete daily cleans in line with MOH guidelines

• Additional disinfectant/cloths will be available in classrooms for children and teachers to sanitise spaces during the school day as required.

In the playground:

Water fountains will be turned off - children will need to bring named water bottles.

• All children must wash or sanitise their hands before and after break times and before and after eating.

Movement Around the School:

• There is now free movement around the school, ensuring social distancing where possible (in schools this means children, young people, and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other)

Additional Considerations:

• After school care is running and will have their own contact tracing register.

• No visitors on site unless they complete the tracing register. This includes parents dropping off or collecting their children.

• The main driveway is the only access into the school grounds.

• Teachers will be in their classrooms by 8.20am to ensure social distancing and safe hygiene practices are being met.

While all those things are very different from what we are used to here at Fernlea, please be reassured that our staff are going to work hard to promote our Fernlea Values of Manaaki, Tūhonohono, Tae and Whakaaro. We will also be Learning, Achieving, Succeeding Together!

If you have any questions about any of this information, please feel free to contact me tony.field@fernlea.shool.nz.

Nga mihi

Tony Field, Fernlea School Board of Trustees and the Staff

School Vision:

Learning, Achieving, Succeeding, Together

Our Strategic Goals

STRATEGIC GOAL 1: Our students will be engaged and active participants in their learning

STRATEGIC GOAL 2: We will invest in our people

STRATEGIC GOAL 3: We will have strong positive relationships

Fernlea is a decile 4 school located in Wainuiomata. We are a contributing school, which means we teach students from years 1 – 6. We have ten classrooms and a roll that ranges between 230 and 260 students.

We are in the process of reviewing our Fernlea School curriculum and our implementation statements. Driving this is our commitment to helping our students achieve their potential in all areas of the curriculum with a focus on literacy and numeracy. Our values underpin everything that we do at Fernlea. They encourage our students to:

· Show heart/manaaki

· Be connected/tuhonohono

· Be a thinker/whakaaro

· Have a Can do Attitude/Tae

Our Mission

“To encourage learners to be confident, independent achievers ready to accept the next challenge in their learning journey”

Everything we do reinforces our aim to develop and strengthen these four values in the students.

The Fernlea School Board of Trustees undertakes to take all reasonable steps to achieve the purpose, aims and objectives in the Charter, to take full account of the National Education Guidelines and to meet all statutory obligations. The Board, following consultation with the community, has approved this charter.

Fernlea School’s curriculum statements and policy documentation will recognise the unique position of Māori, the dual heritage of New Zealand and its cultural diversity. It will provide students with experiences and understandings in cultural traditions, language and local and national histories including personal experiences where practicable.