May 21, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
We have developed some new Health & Safety practices which will be followed at Wellington College for the duration of Alert Level 2. These include:
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.
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).
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.