Wellington College - Alert Level 2

November 24, 2021

OVERVIEW

At Alert Level 2 COVID-19 is contained but there is a risk of community transmission. It is safe for students and staff to attend school as there will be appropriate measures in place, including for students and staff vulnerable to severe illness.

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.  All students and staff are encouraged to wear masks inside buildings and classrooms.

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.  School work will continue to be posted on Google Classrooms for students who are not able to come to the school campus.

The detailed information below is designed to help everyone to have a clear understanding of what to expect during Alert Level 2 on 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 feedback@wc.school.nz.

FACE MASKS

The Director General of Health strongly encourages all staff and students to wear face coverings in secondary school settings. However, masks remain an option for individuals and a decision for the individuals and whānau and are not mandatory . Whatever decisions students and staff make, it is their own to make and needs to be respected.  Where an individual chooses to use a face covering they should supply and wear their own, and to do so safely. 

TRANSPORT

Under Alert Level 2 Metlink’s school services will run to the usual timetable and routes. Students may sit together and all seats can be filled. Standing, however, is not permitted. With no standing allowed, there will be a reduction in capacity on the bus so students should have a Plan B in place for their school travel.

Face coverings are highly recommended on school buses, and they are a legal requirement on all forms of public transport, so if you're catching a public train or bus, it is crucial that you wear your mask.

HYGIENE, CLEANING & MOVEMENT AROUND THE CAMPUS

During Alert Level 2 some additional Health & Safety practices are implemented at Wellington College. These include:

  • The additional 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 (e.g. 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.
  • Alert Level 2 routines for students entering classrooms (i.e. students will be permitted to enter straight into class with classroom doors being left open throughout the day to reduce corridor congestion).
  • Improved people flow practices for students as they move around the school (e.g. 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 are 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 the contact tracing process.

  • If any student 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, or by calling the absences phone line: (04) 8022560.
  • All students will be required to stay on campus for the duration of the school day.
  • 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.
  • The use of the Ministry of Health COVID-19 QR codes is mandatory for all school visitors.
  • Please do not come into the school campus unless absolutely necessary. We would encourage parents to stay in their vehicles when picking up and dropping off students.
  • 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.

‍LEARNING @ HOME

We are aware that there may be a small group of students who may not be able to attend school on some days during Alert Level Two. 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 at school can still be included in the learning.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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 50 person limit applies.

All College Sport Wellington events are strictly spectator free under Alert Level 2.

It is mandatory for all those involved with extracurricular activities, who are not Wellington College students or staff, to follow our contact tracing procedures using the Ministry of Health COVID-19 QR codes that are posted around the school.