Covid Alert Level 3 Update

From Mr Denham, Principal.

Kia Ora whanau,

You will all have seen or heard the news that students will not be returning to school on 18th October. Instead, we will resume online learning on Monday morning and students need to get back into the online school routine.

I have been delighted by the levels of commitment of students, supported brilliantly by their families, to engage in online learning. We are doing well. 

No doubt, senior students with NCEA external exams fast approaching will be worried. However, I can reassure you that we will get through it, and everyone will get what they need to continue their education next year. For students heading off next year, to university, polytechnic, an apprenticeship, or a job we can get you through the entrance level requirements. Just keep your head down and keep working. Keep working with us to help you.

For those returning in 2022, students just need to keep doing their best, focusing on the learning they need for a good start next year. To help us please ensure that you are completing assessments. This will help us to get you the Learning Recognition Credits that you deserve.

 It will be OK!

While we have not yet had details from the Ministry of Education following the announcement, I have picked up the following key information from the news conference:

  1. Schools will not open on 18th October. This will be reviewed again in one week. For the start of Term 4, Level 3 rules apply and where parents cannot arrange supervision, students can come to school to be supervised. However, they must book in. Details to follow.
  2. Schools will need to have a vaccination register for all students - We'll let you know how this will work and how we will go about collecting the required information.
  3. All staff will need to be vaccinated by 1 Jan 2022. For the remainder of this year, staff must have a negative test to return to work and non-vaccinated staff are required to have weekly tests.

 I can assure you that we will do everything we can to make school a safe environment when we get the go ahead to return, so that we can get back into classes. We miss being with our students and I know they miss their friends and teachers. I am inordinately grateful for the work, support and strong leadership of our Board of Trustees and the aroha and whanaungatanga from all staff at Massey High School. Thank you to our parents and carers for all you are doing to support your children. Every bit makes a difference. We can do this, and we are powerful together.

Stay safe and keep well

Kia tōmairangi te korowai manaaki ki runga ki a koe i roto i āu tini mahi katoa.

(Allow the cloak of care settle upon you as you complete the many tasks before you.)

 

Glen Denham

Principal

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