Saturday 21 March Announcement and Implications （22/03/2020）
Kia ora Whanau,
With Saturday’s announcement (LINK) that New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact for COVID-19 (LINK), people over 70 years of age and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel. Staff, children and young people in schools and early learning services are therefore asked to follow this advice.
新西兰总理在周六宣布了全国进入新冠病毒二级预警 – 根据二级预警的政府官方建议，为减少与新冠病毒接触的机率，政府要求70岁以上的长者，以及本身患有免疫系统疾病或其他疾病的人士，在家中隔离及避免所有不必要的出行。因此，我们学校的员工，学生需要根据这项建议相应调整工作和学习。
We will be encouraging our staff who fall into this category to stay at home and if possible continue to support school curriculum or other school activities for example providing pastoral care by phone, marking, and lesson planning. This will inevitably have knock on effects on our day to day organisation, the way in which we are able to operate and usual teaching and learning in some areas. We are anticipating that we will have several staff away from school as a result and we will keep you informed as we endeavour to ensure school remains a place of routine, learning, joy and safety for our children.
We are requesting that ANY CHILDREN with conditions which fall into these categories, do not attend school due to their condition. Our community’s wellbeing is our main priority and we wish to minimise any risk to children, and adults, especially at this time and based on MOE guidance, those with compromised immunity or certain medical conditions, by ensuring they are not compromised at school.
In order to maintain accurate records we ask that you email our office on firstname.lastname@example.org to report the absence with the specific reason, as stated here.
High Risk Individuals
While the majority of people who are confirmed with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms, some individuals are at risk of more severe symptoms. Older people, particularly those with pre-existing health problems are more likely to get severe illness and are therefore considered at risk. High risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:
· a compromised immune system 免疫系统疾病
· liver disease 肝病
· cancer 癌病
· kidney disease 肾病
· heart disease 心脏病
· diabetes mellitus 糖尿病
Further information is available at: LINK for help and advice; LINK for Ministry of Health. If you need any advice please email me on email@example.com and I will endeavour to support you. Irrespective of specific medical conditions, should you choose to keep your child at home, due to the uncertainty of this event I want you to know I understand and I respect your decisions at this time. In these instances please report your child’s absence and reason for absence to the office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
请点击相关链接了解更多信息或咨询： 咨询及帮助LINK， 新西兰卫生部LINK。如果您需要更多建议，请给我发邮件iand@pmps.school.nz， 我会尽我所能为您提供支持。由于特殊身体状况，如果您选择让您的孩子待在家中，根据现在情况的不确定性，我能够理解并尊重您的选择。这种情况下，请您给办公室发送邮件，说明具备的请假原因general@pmps.school.nz
Student-led conferences in April will be postponed and rearranged in Term 2. Apologies to those who have already booked interviews.
What makes Pigeon Mountain School special is our sense of community and our 4 school values. It is crucial that we remain true to these values- Respect one another, take Responsibility for others around you who need support, Be Resilient for your children and family, and show Excellence at all times, particularly in these challenging times.
Kia Kaha (stay strong)