Alert Level 2 - General Information

May 21, 2020

ALERT LEVEL 2

At Alert Level 2,  schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff.  We are implementing some new processes which will enable us to ensure that we know who is at school and who our staff and students have been in close contact with. We will also be taking enhanced hygiene and cleaning measures to keep everyone safe.  

Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. However, the Government has acknowledged that this can be difficult to maintain in schools.  Therefore regular cleaning and good personal hygiene practices are more important than ever. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, regular hand-washing with soap, and the regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.  

It is crucial that all students and staff stay at home if they are sick. We will send anyone home immediately if they have any symptoms.  

We are conscious that some students and staff will feel excited about returning and others will feel anxious for a variety of reasons. We need to be sensitive to the impact that the events of the past weeks have had on each of us.  The detailed information below is designed to help everyone to have a clear understanding of what to expect on returning to the Wellington College campus.

If any member of the Wellington College community has further suggestions about enhancing health and safety at Wellington College during Alert Level 2, please email us at healthandsafety@wc.school.nz.

TRANSPORT

We are anticipating issues getting students to and from school as a result of the reduction in capacity on public and school buses, trains, and the subsequent congestion of traffic through Wellington City.  While students on school buses will now be able to use all seats, there will be no standing passengers.

  • Click here for the latest information from Metlink about the reduced capacity on their buses and trains.  We will update you as we receive further information.
  • We encourage those students who can, to walk or cycle to school rather than taking buses. Some may be able to walk to school from their parents' city workplaces.
  • Those that are travelling on buses must use the snapper system to tag on & tag off, to ensure contact tracing can take place.
  • We are also teporarily allowing Year 12 and 13 students to bring their cars to school and park them in a designated space on our campus.  If your son intends to bring a car to school, please ask him to email Associate Principal, Dave Ashby - d.ashby@wc.school.nz as soon as possible.  Dave will provide him and you with further information about the process for this when you get in touch.  
  • If parents are dropping students at school, please do this at the bottom of the drive (or nearby) rather than driving onto our school campus.
  • While we ask all our students to be at school on time, we will be understanding of the difficulties which may exist. We are open to reviewing the start times of different groups of students if necessary, but our preference is to stick with our normal timetable times in the first instance.

HYGIENE, CLEANING & MOVEMENT AROUND THE CAMPUS

We have developed some new Health & Safety practices which will be followed at Wellington College for the duration of Alert Level 2.  These include:

  • The employment of additional cleaners who will focus on the cleaning of toilets, changing rooms and high use surfaces throughout the day
  • Clear guidelines for students & staff about appropriate hygiene practices being constantly provided & reinforced
  • Hand sanitiser available and utilised in all classrooms and other spaces where people meet.  (While this will be provided by the school, students are welcome to bring their own supply of hand sanitizer if they wish.) 
  • Students using school desktop computers (i.e. Digital Technology, DVC, Design & Art) could consider bringing wet-wipes, or a similar product, to use prior to keyboard use
  • Disinfectant being made available in all areas of the school for cleaning desks, equipment and other surfaces throughout the day
  • New routines with students for entering classrooms (e.g. students will be permitted to enter straight into class with classroom doors being left open throughout the day to reduce corridor congestion)
  • Improved traffic flow practices for students as they move around the school (e.g. one way system in the Tower Block and Year 9 & 10 students being released 5 minutes early from each class to ease congestion around the school)
  • Encouraging students to bring their own drink bottles to school and filling them at home

ATTENDANCE & CONTACT TRACING

Accurate class rolls will be more important than ever under Alert Level 2.  Should there be a COVID-19 case in our school community, we would be required to pass this information onto the Ministry of Health for their contact tracing process.

  • If your son will not be attending school on any day, it is crucial that you let us know as soon as possible and by 8.30am at the latest, by using the absences@wc.school.nz email address, the school app, or by calling the absences phone line: (04) 8022560.
  • Our usual processes around all visitors signing in when they arrive will also be crucially important. If you are visiting the campus, it is imperative that you report to reception, sign in, and sign out when you leave.
  • Staff and community volunteers who facilitate meetings, practices or gatherings associated in any way with Wellington College will be required to create and keep registers of attendees to assist with potential contact tracing.
  • Due to the requirements of contact tracing, all students will be required to stay on campus for the duration of the school day, including interval, lunch breaks & study periods. Students are encouraged to bring enough food from home to get them through the school day.

LEARNING @ HOME

We are aware that there may be a small group of students who may not be able to return to the Wellington College campus at the start of the Alert Level Two period. With this in mind, we will be asking teachers to continue to post notes and other class materials that are being used in class onto their Google Classrooms so that those students who are not returning to school can still be included in the learning. Please be aware that teachers will be unable to provide the same level of online interaction as they did during the Learning @ Home period (Alert Levels 3 & 4).

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

From Tuesday 26 May, Wellington College staff members and students are permitted to facilitate activities on our campus which are solely for Wellington College students. While there is a need to maintain our hygiene and contact tracing procedures, as everyone involved is part of the wider school bubble there is no limit to the number of Wellington College students who can participate in these sessions. If people from outside the student and staff body of Wellington College are involved in these events, the events become 'mass gatherings' and therefore the 10 person limit applies.

As of Friday 29 May at 12 noon, events involving outside tutors, coaches, managers, directors, as well as participants from other schools, can resume within the Alert Level 2 restrictions which will apply from that time (100 people total and continued hygiene & contact tracing procedures).

We are asking all those involved with extra-curricular activities, who are not Wellington College students or staff, to follow our contact tracing procedures using the QR codes generated from Duckin.

We are also asking all parents and supporters, who do not have an official role with the group or team, to stay away from our campus during the activity (including trials, auditions & training sessions). This will allow us to maintain the integrity of the group size limits, and the hygiene and contact tracing protocols which we are strictly following.

Thank you for your patience and your ongoing support of our extra-curricular programme which plays such a central role within our school community.