Kia ora staff, parents, whanau and caregivers
At midnight Tuesday, all of the country except for Auckland moves significantly closer to normality as alert level 2comes into force. Staff will be on site tomorrow, Wednesday, preparing to open the school on Thursday. Online lessons will continue on Wednesday, face to face, onsite lessons resume on Thursday.
We welcome back all our students and staff for a 9am start on Thursday9th September. Students should head to their spell one class as normal.
Here is a reminder of what is expected of us at Delta Alert Level 2.
As is the case with Level 1, students and staff are asked to follow these guidelines:
● If you’re sick, stay home. Do not come to school. Do not socialise.
● If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or nurse or iwi health provider or Healthline 0800 358 5453 and get advice about being tested. Tests are free.
● If you have been told to self-isolate you legally must do so immediately.
● It’s important that you use basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and cleaning surfaces.
● HVHS will also increase the cleaning to meet Alert Level 2 requirements.
● You should keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen. This helps with rapid contact tracing if it’s required. Students do not need to scan in at school but should do so everywhere else they visit.
● Keep your distance when outside your home.
○ 2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops
○ 1 metre in most other places like workplaces, cafes, restaurants and gyms.
○ Schools are exempt from physical distancing requirements when people are there to receive, provide, or support education services. However we will remind people to distance themselves from others in the main entrances to the school, and we will encourage physical distance over the rest of the campus where it is possible.
● Face coverings -masks are not being mandated in schools, but it is being recommended.
○ We therefore encourage students and staff to wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing is not possible.
○ Mask wearing information
○ Staff at our main office - public facing situations will wear a face covering.
○ In general, the government is asking you to wear a mask if you visit any indoor venues.
You legally must wear a face covering if you are aged 12 or over when:
■ on public transport and at departure points — for example, airports, train stations and bus stops
■ on flights
■ in taxis or ride-share vehicles
■ visiting a healthcare facility
■ visiting an aged-care facility
■ inside retail businesses — for example, supermarkets, shopping malls, indoor marketplaces and takeaway food stores
■ visiting the public areas within courts and tribunals, local and central Government agencies, and social service providers with customer service counters.
● School assemblies and any other large gatherings where there are more than 50 people in a room will be conducted virtually at Level 2.
● School events or activities like performances, cultural events and sports can continue. Students and teachers do not need to physically distance themselves. Please look for further updates about whether parents, carers and whānau are able to attend these events.
● No spectators are permitted at College Sport Wellington fixtures, while under Alert Level 2.Please follow the advice of the Sports Department who will update as the situation changes.
● The school has lent out a number of devices to students over the mould and Covid times. It is intended that students may continue to use these at home until some time in term 4. This will provide some certainty that learning can continue no matter what the Covid landscape is.
Mr Nick Larkin, our Deputy Principal who oversees NCEA has been in contact with the Ministry and NZQA throughout the year in relation to some form of credit compensation for our Year 12 and 13students who were rostered home in Term 2 due to mould in the school buildings. At the moment we have not been successful in convincing NZQA and the Ministry, and this is additionally tough considering the last 16 days away for Covid. In total these two year groups have now had 41 school days away from, real in class, face to face lessons.
In Auckland, schools will pass the 20 day minimum away from school due to Covid and their students will receive the 8-10Learning Recognition Credits (LRCs) that were announced by NZQA last week. Given that we (and schools outside Auckland) did not meet the 20 day minimum away due to Covid, we will get no LRCs. We contacted the two Government organisations yesterday to reconsider HVHS’s unique situation on top of the 16school days away and are waiting for a response.
If you would like to constructively add your voice to the HVHS position, either as a student , caregiver, or staff member, you can contact NZQA at email@example.com . Some students have started doing this already and have written about the unfairness of the situation and the personal impact on their learning. Please contact Mr Nick Larkin if you require further information. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Finally, let’s play our part, and do the right thing, and as always we encourage all our community to wash their hands, sneeze into your elbow and sanitise as often as possible, practice physical distancing, wear face masks as required, QR scan, stay home if sick and get yourself vaccinated.