Returning to College

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The Senior Leadership Team and staff are currently preparing for re-opening of the College on Monday 18 May under Alert Level 2. I want to reassure the whole community that school will be safe for your son.

I want to let you know that we are putting health and safety measures in place prior to your son(s) arrival. The core principle of St Patrick’s College’s Health and Safety Plan is to protect the health and safety of all staff, students and their parents and whānau, and any visitors who come into the College.

The three key underlying principles for Alert Level 2 are to:

  • minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place
  • ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in the school is infected
  • understand that Alert Level 2 is not Business as Usual

Safe and sensible practices for hygiene and contract tracing will be the norm, and all staff and students will be able to return, so long as they remain well. I reiterate the standard hygiene measures outlined by the Government.

  • If you start to feel or are unwell, stay home.
  • Hand hygiene – washing hands regularly with soap and water and drying well, or using hand sanitiser.
  • Coughing or sneezing into tissues or your elbow.
  • Physical distancing measures will be maintained so there is no breathing on or touching each other.
  • Contact tracing register will be set up. Any visitors that come into the College will have to sign in the visitors’ register in the College office.

This is an outline of what the College will do to ensure that your son is safe:

  • Health and Safety plans are currently being updated.
  • Prior to Monday 18 May all areas of the College will be cleaned.
  • Hand sanitisers will be in every classroom. We also recommend that your son brings his own hand sanitiser.
  • Cleaning products will be made available in all classrooms for staff.
  • Daily cleaning by contracted cleaners of the school including disinfecting and cleaning of classroom desk tops and other flat surfaces.
  • All toilet areas will be stocked with soap and paper towels and/or air dryer.
  • Appropriate signage will be displayed around the college.
  • We will operate appropriate physical distancing at the tuck shop.
  • Physical Education classes and break time activities can include access to sports equipment including playgrounds but hygiene practice will be observed after using equipment.
  • The artificial turf will be open during break times however there will be no contact sports.
  • We strongly recommend all students to bring a water bottle each day.
  • Students will be expected to bring their own device to school wherever possible.
  • Classes will resume on Monday 18 May at 8:55am starting with Tutor Time. Students are expected to be in uniform.

Staff are beginning preparations for next week by getting their classroom prepared and organised as well as catching up on any outstanding work. Therefore, I am advising students and parents that all staff will not be doing any form of online teaching tomorrow (Thursday) or Friday. However, your son(s) does have previously assigned work to complete.

As always we will provide support for your son’s health and wellbeing. The following staff will be available if readjusting to school or normality becomes difficult for your son: Mr Chris Fouhy, the College Guidance Counsellor, Fr Pat Brophy, the College Priest, your son’s Tutor teacher, and Senior Leaders. The College Chapel will also be used as a space to provide comfort and support.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali