Alert Level 3 information - Wednesday 1st September

Level 3 - Covid-19 - Information for whānau and families                                                                                 


Today the Prime Minister announced that New Zealand will move to Alert Level 3 from the morning of Wednesday 1st September, with schools providing services to Year 9 and 10 students.

Alert Level 3 means: 

  • Most teachers and students are working from home.
  • There is a lifting of SOME of the restrictions that applied at Level 4, however, the plan continues to be to minimise the risk of transmission through limiting interactions with others.  

At Alert Level 3, students in Year 9 and 10 can attend school if: 

  • They have parents or caregivers who must return to work outside of their home and there is no other appropriate caregiver in their bubble (or in a slightly expanded bubble in accordance with Level 3 guidelines) to look after them. In effect, coming to school should only be considered as a last resort as it widens each student’s “bubble”. 

  • School bubbles will need to be put in place for those attending on-site

For those who are on-site, school bubbles of no more than 20 children/students will need to be formed and keep a 2-metre distance from other school bubbles.  The first of our Bubbles will be in the Supported Learning Centre - Tautoko.

If you are in this situation, please complete the following form so that we are able to plan the supervision required, as well as the Health and Safety elements surrounding students spending time at school. In these circumstances, we need a commitment to attend; it is not a scenario where students can simply arrive as they wish, because both home and school need to know the details of their contacts in order to make appropriate provisions for their safety. Teachers will be volunteering to supervise students coming to school, as well as continuing to teach their students who remain at home. 

Supervision at school form  

Please complete by Monday morning at 12pm. Only complete the form if you are needing to attend school during Level 3

 If you are unable to complete the form but require supervision for your child at school - please email me:

Learning Programmes at Alert Level 3: 

All students, Year 9-13, at home and at school will be offered the same online learning programmes as they are currently engaged in. 

The Year 9 and 10 students at school will be supervised by a teacher as they work on their online tasks. They will not have their regular teachers, as the school’s staff will continue to work from home. All Year 11-13 students will also continue to learn from home.

Resources - some students will be able to access their learning resources once we are at Level 3 - e.g. Art supplies, DVCO etc. Mr Fox will be in touch with you regarding the process that must be adhered to in order for this to happen. 

At Alert Level 3, students should definitely stay home if they have an underlying medical condition, or are unwell, or are living with someone who has an underlying medical condition.

At Alert Level 3, all people on the school site must follow our guidelines: 

  • Fundamental public health measures continue to apply:

-Masks - we will follow the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Educations guidelines once they are clear. 

-Physical distancing  of one metre inside and two metres outside at Alert Level 3

-Hand hygiene

-Cough and sneeze etiquette

-Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces (daily at Alert Level 3).

  • Level 3 cleaning protocols will be put in place for the areas of the school being used. Hand sanitizer is available in all rooms. 
  • Sick people must stay at home.

They should seek medical advice if they have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If that person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate.

  • The school will have a contact tracing system in place.

This includes displaying QR code posters at your entrances, attendance register and visitor register.

This is a tricky situation for home and school. Thank you for your co-operation, understanding and support as we work through the implications of the Levels structure. There is much that will change in the coming weeks. 

We hope that you and your family are well.

Ngā mihi nui

Denise Johnson