Bledisloe School is currently at Level 2.

We are very excited to be welcoming back our students on Thursday 6th September. The following list outlines the things we need you to think about so that we can do this safely and within the guidelines of Level 2. Important things to help in this process are;

  • The ability to easily complete contact tracing is critical. Please email up to date contact numbers and email addresses for your family to the office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if these have changed. It is important you are able to be reached on this number at all times. Also, keep a track of who you are seeing and where you are going each day.
  • No child is to be sent to school if they are unwell. If they present with a temperature, runny nose, cough and/or sore throat, the advice is to contact Healthline or your GP for advice. If they become unwell at school you will be contacted to pick them up. If your child is absent from school please ring, message or email letting us know and telling us why. DO NOT WAIT for us to ring you, this takes a lot of time for our admin staff.
  • If any one that you are in contact with becomes unwell and is tested for COVID you MUST let the school know immediately.

The biggest change to day to day routines is drop offs and pick-ups. We are requesting that parents and caregivers do not come onto the school grounds unless absolutely necessary. If you do have to, please keep 2 metres apart and scan the QR codes that will be around the school. You will need to be wearing a mask.

  • Children who are not enrolled in Before School Care are not to arrive at school until 8.30am
  • If your child can walk or scooter safely by themselves that is great!
  • Our drive and drop system will be in place. Parents will not be able to leave their cars.
  • Children will wait in a group to enter their class, and will sanitise or wash their hands before coming inside. Juniors will wait in the assembly area, Middle School on the concrete and grass outside Mānuka (8) and Rimu (7) and Senior School on the concrete area outside Rongokako (13) and Hikurangi (14).

The pick up routine will be-

  • Children who go to Beyond the Bell will be sent directly to the hall
  • Room 10, 11 and 12 children and those who attend School’s Out will be walking across the field to Peddie Street for pick up
  • Rooms 13 and 14 children and their siblings can be picked up from Bowling Club carpark (the extra grass area will also be open)
  • Rooms 5-8 children and their siblings will be picked up from Windsor Terrace
  • Rooms 1-4 children will be picked up from the front deck/courts area.

Staff will bring children to you. Please wait by your car.

Family groups will go to the meeting place of the oldest child

  • Those children that walk or bike home will meet outside the office at 2.50pm and I will take them to the crossing with the road patrol monitors so they can leave safely.

All of this needs us to be patient, adaptable and kind. We thank you for your help with this.

Other things to consider;

  • Each child needs to bring a named drink bottle to school. Our drinking fountains are still turned off and will remain that way.
  • Children will be permitted to be on the playgrounds and are able to use sports equipment. There will be no games that involve close physical contact.
  • Hand sanitiser will be used by every child and teacher leaving and entering the classroom.
  • There will be no assemblies or whole-school singing. We will communicate news about sports teams and other activities as soon as we can. Guitar and keyboard will begin next week. 
  • Good personal hygiene habits will be reinforced and taught. Students will keep far away enough from each other so they are not breathing on or touching each other. Coughing into elbows will be taught and practiced.
  • Mask wearing is being recommended only for students over the age of 12. Primary school students do not fall into this category.

This seems like a very long list but it is important that we continue to practise these good habits so we can maintain the gains we have made as a community. As a staff, we are all very committed to making this return to school safe, welcoming and reassuring for your children. We understand that some students may be feeling anxious and uncertain and we promise that we will do our best to make this return to Bledisloe School a positive one.

Please stay in touch and keep us informed of how you see your child adapting. Thank you for your support of your children’s learning and our programmes; you have been wonderful!

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takatini,

 My strength is not as an individual, but as part of a team”

Nga mihi nui

Carol Bevis

Principal

Bledisloe School