Communication No. 10 4 March 2022

Kia ora tatou

As you will be aware the number of cases of COVID-19 and direct household contacts is rising rapidly. Various sources have suggested that the peak could still be 4-6 weeks away, and this suggests that things will get worse before they get better.

As of yesterday (3 March), we currently have15 positive student cases, 2 positive staff cases and at least 83 students displaying COVID related symptoms and/or have been identified as being a household contact. 

The College has to manage the impact of increasing cases, not only on the students, but also the staff. We have developed a plan and I would like to share it with you so that you know what to expect. I would like to emphasise though that we are NOT at Step 1 yet.

The Learning Support Center will operate on a different plan and Debbie Shakesheave-Thomas will advise you of this, early next week.

The three steps are:

Step 1: Rolling Year Levels home across the week.

The trigger would be that 15-25 staff would be absent. With this number of absences it would be difficult for us to provide the necessary health and safety for our students. Learning would be posted in Google Classroom for the Year Level rostered home. Students should check their emails as well.


Year 11


Year 12


Year 13


Year 10


Year 9

Step 2.  TWO consecutive days home at a time

Staffing levels would have dropped and there would be 20-30 staff absent and/or the school leadership is unable to work due to ill health. Staff would post work on-line vis google classroom and/or email.

Monday + Tuesday

Seniors home for online learning

Y11, 12 + 13

Wed - all levels online learning

Thursday + Friday

Juniors home for online learning

Y9 + Y10

Step 3. The whole school moves to on-line learning.

The trigger point would be 30 staff absent and /or the school leadership is unable to work due to ill health.

Staff would post work on-line via google classroom and/or email across the week and there would be one interaction (e.g through ZOOM) with the class during a normal scheduled timetable period.

Across all steps the school would remain open for students under 14 whose parents were essential workers. Supervision only would be provided and they would do their on-line learning at school. 

Reminder - if your child is unwell or displaying COVID-19 related symptoms, please keep them at home. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please advise us accordingly through the absence system. This can be done through KAMAR or email: [email protected]

We continue to adhere to all public health measures and have the expectation that students and staff are wearing masks correctly when indoors (except for those already identified as being exempt) and ventilating classrooms.

I wish to reiterate that we have not reached Step 1 and in an ideal world we won’t.  

I wish you a safe weekend, and I will advise you of any changes if they arise,

Ngā mihi nui

Grant Jones

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