Epsom Normal Primary School

COVID 19 Update: 23.3.2020

23 March 2020 Kia ora tatou There have been significant changes to government announcements during the weekend. Please read the bulletin carefully and do as you are asked. The school will be communicating on school apps and please keep following the alerts. With the announcement that New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact for COVID-19, people over 70 years of age and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions, are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel. Staff, children and young people in schools and early learning services are therefore asked to follow this advice. ALL staff and children with high health needs including those who are sick MUST stay home. High-risk individuals While the majority of people who are confirmed with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms, some individuals are at risk of more severe symptoms. Older people, particularly those with pre-existing health problems are more likely to get severe illness and are therefore considered at risk. High-risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:
  • a compromised immune system
  • liver disease
  • cancer
  • kidney disease
  • heart disease
  • diabetes mellitus
We would very much appreciate ALL parents leaving their children at the classroom door rather than entering the classrooms, for the safety of our children. Please note that our children will now be eating their lunches inside to support student wellbeing. Further information is available at: https://covid19.govt.nz/help-and-advice/for-everyone/vulnerable-people/ https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-questions-and-answers Supporting learning at home School will remain open until we are asked to close. Our teachers are delivering the learning at school and home learning is being planned which will be available on the school web soon. Please access the school web www.epsomnormalprimary.school.nz/learning-link for learning at home. We are currently working on this link. We sincerely value our community support during these trying times. Please contact the school office if you have any further requests. Ngā mihi nui, Ateel Sudhakar Principal Brett Bishop Board of Trustees Chair

COVID-19 UPDATE: 20.3.2020

20 March 2020 Kia ora koutou With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, we wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly. As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform us about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you. If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken. If our school does need to close temporarily, we have a plan in place to support students' learning. We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here. Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practicing good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness. A diagram below has been developed by Dr Siouxsie Wiles to assist you when considering symptoms. What it tells us is:
  • A dry cough and a high temperature are common to both flu and COVID-19
  • Sneezing is not a symptom of COVID-19, however if someone has COVID-19, then sneezing can spread droplets containing the virus
We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community.  Ngā mihi nui Ateel Sudhakar (Principal) and Brett Bishop (Board Chair)  

Book Character Dress Up Day: Wednesday 19 February

We will be holding our inaugural book character dress up day on Wednesday 19 February. All the children are encouraged to come to school dressed up as their favourite book character. Each team will have a book character parade sometime during the day with lots of prizes to give away. Get creative and chose your favourite book character to dress up as on Wednesday. If you are having trouble deciding on an idea, please check out these websites: Kidspot NZ https://kidspot.co.nz/activities/10-easy-book-themed-costume-ideas/   https://www.pinterest.nz/marcitate/book-character-dress-up-day/

Meet the Teacher & School Picnic: Thursday 20 February

Our annual Term 1 Meet the Teacher and School Picnic is on Thursday 20 February. The Meet the Teacher session will be held from 4.45-5.15pm in the following rooms: Y1: Room 23 Y2: Room 25 Y3: Room 19 Y4: Rooms 11 & 12 Y5: Room 5 Y6: Room 6 Following the Meet the Teacher session, please join us on the senior field for the School Picnic from 5.15-7pm. This is a good opportunity for you to meet and get to know other families and socialise. The PTA will have some delicious food and soft drinks available for you to purchase.

Novel Coronavirus: Update

Kia ora tatou, This is an update of our request to travellers and our process for the start of school on Monday. We are continuing to monitor the novel coronavirus situation closely. On Monday 3rd February the staff will be talking to all our children about the symptoms and harmful effects of the virus. The Senior Leadership Team will be visiting the classes to help children understand the seriousness of the virus and the importance of following the recommended preventative measures. These preventative measures also apply to all staff at school. All classes have been provided with extra hand sanitizer and tissues.  Teachers will also ensure children wash their hands regularly, and that children are covering their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Students will also be reminded to stay hydrated by drinking water regularly throughout the day. Any child with a temperature or showing cold/flu-like symptoms will be sent home immediately. On Monday, and the subsequent return of students, staff will be asking all students where they have been for the last 2 weeks.  Office staff and members of the Senior Leadership Team will follow up with individual students/families as necessary. We have created a register of all known students and family members who have advised the school that they would visit China during the December school break. We also have a list of all students and International Students who have returned or are going to return over the next two weeks from China or effected countries immediately. All students will be required to stand down for 14 days from the date of arrival back in New Zealand. Please be advised that you must inform the school if you or other family members have travelled to China or effected countries immediately. Please email the office using the following email address: office@epsomnormal.school.nz  Please keep an eye on the school website for further updates.  We are in regular contact with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education and will continue to update you with relevant information as it is received. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. Ngā mihi nui, Ateel Sudhakar Principal principal@epsomnormal.school.nz