Returning to School

Kia ora parents

Te Hihi School will re-open on 17 November and will operate within the guidelines outlined by the government. This will require agility and innovation. Routines, schedules, and the operation of school will look different than it did when we were last engaged in face to face learning. Regular communication with families will continue as will our distance learning programme.

These guidelines have been developed based on the advice provided by Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health for what we believe will work for our school. As we have never had to operate in this environment previously, there may be some adjustments that need to be made. These will be communicated to parents.

While returning to learning kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) will be best for most Tamariki and rangatahi (children and young people), this must continue to be done in a way that is safe for children, students and staff. There is no compulsion on parents to send their children back to school.

As this new way of schooling settles in, some parents may change their mind about sending their child to school. This is fine, all we ask is that parents convey this to the school, either the school office or the child's teacher, so we can plan.

Schools have the flexibility to determine how we can manage onsite attendance with our decisions informed by the required health measures, the needs of our community, and any opportunities or constraints through our physical settings and layout. Thankfully, our Modern Learning Environment allows us to offer a hybrid learning model.

In re-opening the school the wellbeing and safety of our students and staff will be paramount and is our first principle of re-opening.

As a result of the need to avoid congestion, to keep groups contained and physically distanced from each other, we will not be able to support all students onsite at the same time. Attendance onsite will be a mix of part-time and full-time, and we will keep children and staff in stable groups and wherever practicable keep physically distanced from other groups, when inside and outside.

Our focus as a school is what happens inside our gates. We aren't able to control how people travel to or from school, or what students and their families do outside of school, however, we will be ensuring everyone adheres to the rules inside our school at all times.

All end of year events are cancelled at this stage.

We ask all parents to go over these guidelines as we will be following them strictly. We are aware that within your home situation you may be more relaxed about following the Health guidelines, unfortunately, at school we don't have that flexibility.