Massey High School Year 9 and 10 students

Return to school from 22nd November.

As you are aware, Minister Hipkins announced yesterday that Year 9 and 10 students could start to return to school from Wednesday 17th November. The exact timing and structure of that return to be determined by each school.

Our Strategic Leadership Team and Heads of Faculty met this morning to confirm the details for the return of our Year 9 and 10 students.

At Massey High School, we will be welcoming our Year 9 and 10 students back to on-site learning from Monday 22nd November. This allows our Senior Students to finish their preparations before embarking upon their NCEA Examinations (which commence on the same date).

This means that Year 9 and 10 students will be the only students in classrooms from Monday 22nd November until the end of the school year.

In conjunction with this, our Year 9 and 10 students will operate under a reduced timetable – the purpose being to minimize the unstructured time on-site, whilst maximizing their face-to-face learning opportunities.

The information presented below will remain valid pending any significant developments announced by the Government. Please note, there is a lot of information – so please read carefully – if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Survey - to be completed prior to Wednesday 17th November

Please note, a link to a survey has been sent in a full newsletter to caregivers of Year 9 and 10 students. Please complete this survey before 5pm on Wednesday 17th November.

Amended Timetable for a shorter school day during Alert Level 3

From Monday 22nd October Massey High School will operate an amended school day that will begin at 9.20am – structured teaching will finish at 1.10pm.

Students will have three periods of 70 minutes each. There will be a 10-minute break between each period. These changes mean that our Year 9 and 10 students will receive approximately 73% of their normal time in class.

Students will be able to access their timetables on the KAMAR portal after Friday 19th November.

Junior Exams

As you are aware, Junior exams were scheduled to take place from Monday 15th November, these will still take place as planned. The schedule that has previously been communicated will still be in place – with exams being conducted online through the course of that week. Students have period 1 and 2, followed by their exam on Monday through Thursday. Friday 19th November reverts to their normal 3 period day of distance learning. Students return to on-site learning on Monday 22nd November.

Conditions in place at Massey High School under Alert Level 3

We have a strict set of Alert Level 3 Health and Safety conditions that all students and staff will have to meet.

  • Masks are mandatory for all students and staff on site and are to be worn at all times (other than when eating or drinking).  Please be aware, current health advice is that bandanas and scarves are not effective as masks. The school does have a small supply of masks available for those students who may not have access to their own mask.
  • Masks are also mandatory on all transport, including school bus runs.
  • Classrooms will be set up to ensure that there is a 1m gap between students where possible. All windows and doors of classrooms will be open whilst students are in class. 
  • Only staff who are vaccinated will be on-site after 15th November.
  • There are no bubbles required for students in the stepped down level 3 setting. However, we do ask that students maintain social distancing when moving between classes – as mentioned above, the shortened school day minimizes student movement around the school and unstructured time on-site.
  • All hard surfaces (e.g.desks) will be sanitized regularly.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom.
  • There will be no assemblies, or large gatherings of students and/or staff.
  • Water fountains are not allowed to be used under Alert Level 3, we recommend that students bring their own water botte to school each day.
  • Only essential visitors will be allowed into the school – subject to QR codes or contact tracing records. All visitors will need to wear face coverings at all times. We ask that parents do not enter the school grounds and that any drop offs/pick-ups are made on Don Buck Road or surrounding streets.
Bus Information

We are aware that many of our Junior Students rely on school bus runs. The aforementioned survey contains questions around these bus runs. With the shortened school day, we would ask that caregivers, where possible, make alternative arrangements for either drop off or pick up of their children. This is to minimize the numbers of students who will require a supervised “4th Period” as they wait for their school bus. 

Should your child catch a school bus – please complete all questions of that survey so that we can plan accordingly.

Vaccination Register

We are aware that some parents have yet to submit the information required for the vaccination register. If you have not yet submitted the information required, please do so by following this link:

Health Centre Information

Students on-site will still have access to the school nurses and doctor. However, under Alert level 3 there will be some necessary changes to the School Health Clinic to adhere to the Waitemata District Health Board guidelines and government protocols, and to maintain safety for our students and staff.

 Students will only be seen by pre-arranged appointments only. There will be no "walk-in" clinics, except in cases of emergency.

 Health Centre staff will be using PPE, screening protocols and physical distancing as much as possible.

 Appointments can be requested by emailing Pat, Jeanette or Rachel in the Health Clinic: [email protected] 

 Please note that students must not come to school if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath

Please seek advice/assessment from your GP or Covid Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (24/7) if you or anyone in your household has any of these symptoms.

Parents/caregivers will be contacted as a matter of urgency if their child develops any of these symptoms during the school day, and the student must be collected from school as soon as possible and sent for a Covid swab.

There will be no facility for students who have any of these symptoms to remain at school for any extended period of time. Please ensure all contact details are current and correct so in the event your child is unwell we can contact a care giver. Your help with this is much appreciated.

 As always, we thank our community for their patience, resilience, and adaptability. Our staff are working hard through next week to ensure that our Senior Students are best prepared for their NCEA Exams, and are looking forward to finally seeing our Year 9 and 10 students return on Monday 22nd November.

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