Tuesday 7th September, 2021 - Upper Hutt School Level 2
There is a lot of important information below, please read this carefully.

Dear Parents /Caregivers,
We can’t wait to welcome all children back to school on Thursday 9th September. Those children who are currently attending Level 3 school are able to attend on Wednesday.  This email outlines key information about our Level 2 plan and expectations. 

We are very confident in our level 2 plan - it worked last year, earlier this year and we are confident it will continue to help keep us healthy.  Level 2 is where our school becomes one whole bubble.
Every teacher and class will regularly revisit and go over the Level 2 ‘rules’ that help keep us healthy and safe. 
If you were delivered an iPad/ chromebook for home learning, please return this to your class on Thursday with the charger.

Key bullet points (further detail below)

We will be strictly adhering to the Ministry of Education & Health Guidelines. The overriding principles for our Alert Level 2 plan and our school bubble are:

  • Maintain physical distancing ( for staff/ chn this means not breathing on or touching each other *PRIDE WINGS*.  Parents /visitors must maintain 2m spacing)
  • Ensure good hygiene practices (personal hygiene and strict school cleaning)
  • We strongly encourage all parents to drop their children off at one of our seven gates (refer map at bottom). The gate you drop off chn at in the morning will be the gate you pick up your chn from at the end of the day. We are trying to ‘spread’ families out to avoid congestion and support you to adhere to the 2 m distancing rule for parents in or around school. We promise to make sure every child is ‘connected’ with their parent. Thursday (the first day back at level 2) may take us a little longer as it is the first time since last term. Thank you in advance for your patience 
  • If you do feel it is essential that you come into the school grounds - please enter in the morning through Gate 1 and 4 (Martin Street or Brown Street by the Library). There will be a teacher on these gates with a Contact Tracing Register for you to sign.
  • If your child is a new entrant to school (Ms Bowan’s class), you are able to enter the school grounds to drop off your child at the left hand hall door (just in the entrance of the hall)
  • All adults that enter the school must wear a facemask please
  • Keeping track of people entering school - all visitors must report to the office if you come in during the school day 9:00 - 2:30. Please make sure you are wearing a mask
  • Masks are not required to be worn by children and staff at school at Alert levels 2

 It is essential that we all follow these guidelines which keep all children, staff and families safe. We would love you to review the Level 2 video we made for children and families: Welcome back to school at Level 2.

Further Level 2 Information:

Ensure people with COVID-19 symptoms or feeling unwell stay away from school

  • All students are expected to return to school at Alert Level 2 ( with the exception of students who are sick or have high health needs)
  • All students/ staff, parents and visitors who are not well will not be permitted to be at school
  • If chn or staff become unwell, they will be sent home immediately
  • Anyone who is unwell is encouraged to be tested immediately.  Please follow the advice of your GP in terms of self isolation expectations
  • If someone else in your household is unwell and being tested, please follow the advice of your GP in terms of self isolation expectations
  • If there is a case of Covid at our school, the school will be closed and we will follow all MoH expectations and guidelines

Maintain physical distancing (for staff and children this means not breathing on or touching each other. For parents/ visitors, the expectations is 2m spacing)

  • Select a gate to drop off and pick up your child that suits your family (see map below)* We are wanting to ‘spread’ families out across these gates - if you arrive on Thursday and it is very busy - consider moving to another gate)
  • Please drop off children between 8:30 and 8:50am in the morning 
  • If you need to enter the school grounds to drop off children (e.g children new to school) - you must ENTER THROUGH GATE 1 or 4 and sign a contact register. No parents can enter the school buildings (other than the Office) or any of the school decks, and all parents/caregivers MUST adhere to 2m physical distancing (New Entrant parents and children will be given guidelines for visiting Ruma Mea Kore and Preschool Sessions)
  • At the end of the day, there will be a teacher on every gate. Teachers will walk children back to the gate they entered through in the morning where they will wait inside the gate until a parent arrives. They will then be released by the teacher.
  • Please pick up children from the same gate between 2:50 - 3:10pm
  • Children and staff will maintain a physical distance so they are not breathing on or touching each other in the classroom and out in the playground (PRIDE wings will guide children about how close they can be - watch video)
  • There are NO restrictions around where children sit at school, use of playgrounds and shared equipment
  • At this stage we will not be having school assemblies 
  • If children do not follow all guidelines, and staff feel that the safety of others is endangered, parents will be asked to pick up their child. The safety of all children,  families and staff is paramount at this time.

Enable good hygiene practices

  • All appropriate indoor surfaces will be cleaned or sanitised daily
  • Outdoor surfaces such as door handles and railings will be sanitised daily
  • Children will revisit daily the expectations of good hygiene including good cough/sneeze etiquette and hand washing
  • Sanitiser will be used on entry and exit to school and before eating, in every classroom
  • Soap is available in all bathrooms and all chn will wash their hands regularly
  • Drinking fountains will be closed and all children will require their own water/ drink bottle
  • There will be hand sanitiser and soap in every classroom. You are welcome to bring your own named bottle if you would like

Keep track of people entering school

  • If you enter the school please use the sign in app on every gate
  • All visitors during the day must sign the contact register at the Office (1 in, 1 out rule)

Further Information:

  • YMCA will be operating each day
  • Other care providers will meet their children at an agreed gate
  • Breakfast Club will continue and will adhere to all alert level 2 guidelines. It will be open in the hall on Mon, Wednesday and Fridays (starting from next week)
  • We encourage any communication with the school to be through email or phone calls
  • We encourage all children to bring a raincoat on wet days as the entry and exit from school may be slower and require chn to wait
  • Please do not bring any dogs into school

We will continue to review our Level 2 plan and update it as we get further information from the MoE and MoH. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.  The P.R.I.D.E C.A.R words we need to focus on at the moment are Determination (Manawanui) and Adaptability.   Our UHS P.R.I.D.E C.A.R will always help drive/ steer us through any event!

Ngā mihi

Jo Grant
Tumuaki

Please select one of our 7 gates to drop off your child between 8:30 - 8:50am and pick them up between 2:50 - 3:10. We are trying to ‘spread’ families out to avoid congestion and support you to adhere to the 2 m distancing rule for parents in or around school (we strongly encourage parents to drop off at the gate and not enter the school unless you have to).

Nga mihi,

Jo Grant
Principal / Tumuaki

Please select one of our 7 gates to drop off your child between 8:30 - 8:50am and pick them up between 2:50 - 3:10. We are trying to ‘spread’ families out to avoid congestion and support you to adhere to the 2 m distancing rule for parents in or around school (we strongly encourage parents to drop off at the gate and not enter the school unless you have to).

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Saturday 28 August, 2021 - Upper Hutt School Level 4

Key information about Level 3 at school  and form to be completed:

Kia ora whānau,

My apologies for a weekend email, but we need to get final numbers of children who will be attending school at level 3 by Monday lunchtime in order for us to ensure time for the detailed planning required and to be ready to start on Wednesday morning. In the form we sent out last week asking about level 3 school, over half of the families were unsure if they would need to send their children along to school (were waiting for information from their places of work). We are asking that ALL FAMILIES WHO NEED THEIR CHILD TO ATTEND SCHOOL AT LEVEL 3 please to fill out this form by 12pm (lunchtime) Monday 30th August so we can confirm numbers and get all the information required.

Please note the school remains closed at level 3 but is able to supervise children whose parents are required to work or have no other care options. Distance learning will continue for all other children.

What level 3 school will 'look like':
Under Alert Level 3 Upper Hutt School will be following the Ministry guidelines and advice to ensure the safety of all children and staff attending school:

- Class bubbles will be limited to twenty children
- Class bubbles will be mixed age groups
- Siblings will be in the same class bubble
- Each class bubble will not be able to mix with other class bubbles
- Children will remain in the same room and at the same chair/ desk (1m away from others)
- The school playgrounds will be closed
- Class bubbles will have different break times to allow for social distancing
- Before and after school care will not be available at Level 3
- Children at school will have an adapted learning programme (including some PRIDE Online work). It is not expected that children attending school through the day then go home and do distance PRIDE Online work)
- Any children that are unwell must not attend school
- If you have a school device at home and are returning to school, please bring this back to school with you (and the cord)
- There will be detailed health and safety guidelines/ practices around health, hygiene and physical distancing at school (e.g. hand washing every hour)
- We ask that children arrive at school between 8:45am and 9.00am
- We ask that parents/ caregivers do not enter the school grounds and drop off your child at the Brown Street Gate please
- Depending on the number of children, there may be a 'staggered home time' from 2:30pm. We ask that parents stay in their car on Brown St and teachers will let children leave from the gate when they see you

Advice and guidelines from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education is continually being updated so may change as new information comes in.

Nga mihi,

Jo Grant
Principal / Tumuaki


Tuesday 24 August, 2021 - Upper Hutt School Level 4

In this update key information about online/cyber safety:

The following information has been provided by one of our digital providers regarding cyber safety when learning from home.

With the announcement last week that New Zealand was entering a snap lockdown, we want to provide you with advice and guidance for when your children are learning ‘online/ digitally’.

At Upper Hutt School we have multiple layers of ‘filtering and firewalls’. This prevents children from accessing unsuitable sites and also from unsuitable sites trying to connect with them. Parents need to know that at school we don't give children unlimited and unsupervised access to digital learning.

We understand there are many challenges when it comes to ‘learning from home’. We encourage you to reach out to Upper Hutt School staff should you have any questions. Either contact your class teacher or our Lead IT Teacher: Mr Williamson - adam@upperhuttschool.nz

Learning From Home
Learning from Home Online Safety Tips
The transition to learning at home can be a challenge for both schools and families. Unexpected changes in routine and expectations can lead to increased anxiety and stress and increased time online often means more chance of risk and incident. In order to support young people online, it’s important for schools and kura to work alongside families and whānau to build confidence and capability. These easy-to-digest hints will help to make learning remotely a little easier for everyone.

Filters and Firewalls
https://switchonsafety.co.nz/
When children learn from home, it’s important to help them stay safe online. Schools have a lot of firewalls and filters to block unwanted content. It is important to remember that filters can also be set up at home, and that families are ultimately responsible for how their children use devices.

Network for Learning (N4L) helps to keep your child safe at school. So while your child is learning from home, we have a FREE way to block the worst of the web. To Switch on Safety, you need to change the ‘DNS’ settings on your child’s device. We’ve outlined the simple instructions to do this for different devices at switchonsafety.co.nz


Family Zone - Device Monitoring
https://www.familyzone.com/anz/families
Family Zone lets kids be kids - and empowers parents to be parents. With Family Zone, your children won’t miss out on the online fun and learning that’s so much a part of their lives. They’ll simply be shielded from risks and potential harms. With our strong yet flexible parental controls, you can easily:

• Manage screen-time

• Block adult content

• Limit social media

• Unfiltered parent access

• Limit online gaming

• Track all smart devices

• Manage in-app purchases

• Set bed and study times


There is a free 30-day trial available (no credit card required). Annual subscriptions are also available.

Lastly - some useful cyber-safety video clips in the Keeping Ourselves Safe resources:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJpo3oC1S14k6RRiEBZfafchHemWHyeX0

Again, we encourage you to reach out to Upper Hutt School staff should you have any questions. Either contact your class teacher or our Lead IT Teacher: Mr Williamson - adam@upperhuttschool.nz


Adam Williamson

IT Lead Teacher at UHS


Monday 23 August, 2021 - Upper Hutt School Level 4

Kia ora families,

For those families that indicated they wanted to loan a digital device and/ or a 'paper'pack' of learning through the link I emailed out on Friday 20th August  - delivery day is tomorrow! Today seven staff collated and collected over 120 paper packs and 80 digital devices ready for delivery tomorrow - it has been a big job! It will be a big job delivering over 200 learning resources tomorrow and I thank the staff for their hard work to ensure children have the learning tools they need.

I have a team of six people who will be delivering to your house. In order to keep them and you safe please follow this process:

  • If it is possible we will place in your letterbox
  • If we cant fit in your letterbox or it isn't suitable, we will place on your doorstep and knock. If you see us coming to the door, please do not open it until we have got back into our car - this ensures we keep a safe distance from you
  • If you have a big dog we will text you to let you know we are outside and ask you to come out and collect (we will leave at the front of your section, then when we are back in our car we ask you to come and pick up). Or perhaps you could keep your dog inside tomorrow morning
  • We hope to deliver between 10:30 - 1:30 tomorrow. Please keep an eye out for us,  keep checking your front door and letterbox so digital devices are not left outside

    If you have not received your digital device or paper pack by 3pm please email me.  Any problems with any of your devices or paper packs, get in touch also.

Ngā mihi nui,

Jo Grant
Principal / Tumuaki


Monday 23 August, 2021 - Upper Hutt School Level 4

Kia ora koutou,

I hope you got time to enjoy the beautiful sunshine on Saturday and you are all 'settling' into some sort of Level 4 routine 🙂

In this update:
• Learning 
• School grounds/ playgrounds
• Digital devices and paperpacks
• Teacher Only Day
• Storytime with Mrs Grant 🙂

Learning:
You will have received an email from your class teachers/ Team Leaders outlining the learning plan for your children this week. Thank you in advance for your patience. Our goal is that everything works perfectly immediately, but often that is not the case. Any problems please get in touch with your class teacher.

School grounds/ playgrounds
Just a reminder that under Alert Level 4 our school is closed. That includes our school grounds and playgrounds. Thank you for not coming into the school and for following the guidelines that will help break the covid transmission and keep us all healthy.

Digital devices and paperpacks
My huge thanks to you all for filling in the information we requested about digital devices, paperpacks and essential workers. Digital devices and paperpacks will be delivered to families on Tuesday. I will contact those people this evening about the planned 'contactless process'.

Teacher Only Day
We have been advertising our up and coming Teacher Only Day this Friday for some time now. The planning for this day has been completed and the opportunity for our team to 'get together' and review our current strategic plan and start designing 2021 is very important. If we postpone this, it would mean once we went back in to Level 2 we would need to advertise another date (and we didn't believe parents would want that when we had just gone back to work after a lockdown). For that reason we would like to go ahead and continue to have our planned Teacher Only day this Friday. There will be learning provided for all of your children, it just means that teachers wont be able to be contacted on Friday.
Thank you for your support with this.

Storytime with Mrs Grant
Starting from this afternoon - every weekday at 4:30pm, I will be reading a story on zoom for anyone that would like to listen. The children will be on 'mute' and no video (because when you have big groups on zoom it can get a little crazy), but they are very welcome to join me and listen to a story. Often this time is a time when children are getting a little tired, hungry and busy parents are trying to get dinner ready etc. So if you want ten minutes break, tune in to Storytime with Mrs Grant, 4:30pm today 🙂
Here is the link/ invite: Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74164940409?pwd=TGYzYVRJWWs0VnpNYkdHbTBoNVllUT09
Meeting ID: 741 6494 0409, Passcode: pride

I'll be in touch later today with any key information after the Prime Ministers 3pm update.

Take care, kindest regards,

Ngā mihi nui,

Jo Grant
Principal / Tumuaki


Friday 20 August, 2021 - Upper Hutt School Level 4

Kia ora koutou,

I hope you have taken the last few days as a family to settle into a new lockdown routine. After the 3pm announcement today, it's clear the lockdown will be with us for a little longer. We did it last time and we can do it this time too!

Lockdown Information Request - URGENT
As a result of the continuation of the level 4 lockdown, we are needing information from every family to ensure we can provide the 'right resources' for your children and their learning.  I am asking every parent to let us know if their children require:

  • a digital device to help with their learning
  • a 'paper pack' which has some paper based learning for those who do not have stable internet or would prefer 'paper learning'
  • if parents are essential workers and their child would need to come to school IF we were to move into Level 3 at some stage in the future

If you could all please fill out this form asap (and before Monday morning). LINK

Distance Learning (at home learning)
All Teachers and Support Staff  'zoomed' today to plan and prepare for the delivery of 'distance learning' (learning at home) from Monday. What 'distance learning' means, is that as all schools are closed in Level 4, the learning the children do, will be at home! Teachers will email/ parent portal/ contact you with some learning for the children to work on at home.  A large amount of this learning will be delivered 'digitally' (via email, google, zoom etc). We will also have options for children to have paperpacks - books and paper they can use at home for their learning. We appreciate that any and all learning will need to be flexible to ensure it works for every family. Some families want 5 hours of learning a day and some families want a lot less. What is most important , is that this doesn't become stressful for you all at home. What we learnt from our last lockdown is that children DID NOT fall behind in their learning. You do not need to worry. Whats; more - every child is the same. Please just encourage your children to do what learning they can. Remember too, that learning looks like gardening, playing with the soccer ball, singing etc. 'Life learning' is as important (if not more) than the learning that happens in school each day.

P.R.I.D.E Online:
'P.R.I.D.E Online' is the name we created last year of a website page our school has designed that has  a large range of links and ideas for learning at home. Your children can click on to this link at anytime for some learning ideas https://www.upperhuttschool.nz/learning/pride-online/ At the top of each page are a range of tabs for lots of different learning ideas.

Support for families 
Lockdowns are hard for everyone, but especially hard for some families. Please know you are not alone. There are many support services available for any families that need some support please contact upp.welfare@wrem.nz

Lastly I want to thank everyone. Thank you to the staff for their preparation and their engagement for teaching at Level 4. What is good about this lockdown, is that we have been here before, and as a school we learned a lot from last year. Thank you to you as parents for caring for your children, for talking with them about what all this means and for following the health guidelines that are in place to help keep us all safe and healthy. Thank you also for your patience over the next days as we all work together to support your children with learning in a level 4 lockdown.

As always, please get in touch with your class teacher, Claire Martin, Lee Ewington or myself at any time.

Take care,

Jo Grant
Principal / Tumuaki


Tuesday 17 August, 2021 - Upper Hutt School Level 4

Kia ora koutou,

The Prime Minister has announced that at midnight tonight, NZ will be going into Alert Level 4 in response to a community Covid case in Auckland/ Coromandel. This means that Upper Hutt School, and all schools, will be closed for the next three days. More information about the Alert Levels will be coming out on Saturday.

A comforting aspect of moving into Level 4, is that we have been here before! As a school community we learned lots of things last time that will help us connect, communicate and 'learn' in Level 4 this time.

We do anticipate that you may want to take the next few days just to get settled into Level 4 again and what that means and looks like for your family. There is no expectation that you must do any 'school' learning this week. Once we have more information about how long we may be in Level 4, we will be in touch with further detailed information about support for distance learning for every child and family.

What we have done to support families over the next 3 days (if you would like) is to reinstate our PRIDE Online learning site on our school website (https://www.upperhuttschool.nz/learning/pride-online/). PRIDE Online is our very own digital school website page that is packed full with learning for every child. We have a learning page for pre-school (4 year olds), Junior school (Years 1-3) and Senior school (Years 4-6). Along the top of each of these pages you will find tabs/ links for reading, writing, maths, Te Reo and more.

With such short notice this evening, we were not able to hand out devices or 'learning pack's to children in order to support distance learning. We can explore that over the next few days once we get further information from the Ministry of Education and the Prime Minister.

Other information:

  • The school Disco has been postponed.
  • The school Pie Fundraiser delivery planned for Thursday, has been postponed at this stage also.

I will continue to keep in touch with all families via email regularly. A copy of all communications will also be on our school website https://www.upperhuttschool.nz/covid-19/

Our focus will continue to be supporting the learning and wellbeing of every child and family at Upper Hutt School. Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns. Please take care and follow the Ministry of Health Guidelines for Alert Level 4 to keep yourself, your family and NZ safe and healthy.

Ngā mihi nui,
Jo Grant
Principal / Tumuaki


Wednesday 30 June, 2021 - Upper Hutt School Level 1

Kia ora

We are pleased to return to Level 1 today, as we're sure you are.

If you have arranged for your child to meet at a gate this afternoon, teachers will be there today. Parents and caregivers may enter the grounds now, but please remember to keep using QR codes.

From tomorrow we will return to our normal pick up and drop off practices under Level 1. Please continue to keep sick children at home.

Thank you again for your support with changing COVID alert levels. This certainly may not be the last time we need to be flexible.

Ngā mihi

Claire Martin and Lee Ewington
Acting Principals/ Nga Tumuaki


Wednesday 23 June, 2021 - Upper Hutt School Level 2

Dear Parents /Caregivers,

It was announced by the Prime Minister earlier that our region is moving to Level 2 at 6pm tonight. Although it is the last thing any of us wanted to hear, we are well practised with the guidelines at UHS! This email outlines key information about our Level 2 plan and expectations. We are very confident in our level 2 plan - it worked last year and in February, so we are confident it will continue to help keep us healthy. Level 2 is where our school becomes one whole bubble (the 100 limit does not apply for schools). Today and tomorrow, every teacher and class will revisit the Level 2 rules that help keep us healthy and safe.

Key bullet points (further detail below)

We will be strictly adhering to the Ministry of Education & Health Guidelines. The overriding principles for our Alert Level 2 plan and our school bubble are:

  • Ensure people with COVID-19 symptoms or feeling unwell stay away from school
  • Maintain physical distancing (for staff/ chn this means not breathing on or touching each other *PRIDE WINGS*. Parents /visitors must maintain 2m spacing)
  • Ensure good hygiene practices (personal hygiene and strict school cleaning)
  • We strongly encourage all parents to drop their children off at one of our eight gates (refer map at bottom). The gate you drop off chn at in the morning will be the gate you pick up your chn from at the end of the day. We are trying to ‘spread’ families out to avoid congestion and support you to adhere to the 2 m distancing rule for parents in or around school. IF YOU DO NOT REMEMBER WHAT GATE YOU DROPPED CHILDREN OFF AT LAST TIME OR YOU ARE NEW TO OUR SCHOOL, PLEASE GO TO GATE 1 (MARTIN STREET). We promise we will make sure every child is ‘connected’ with their parent. Tomorrow (the first day back at level 2) will take us a little longer as it is the first time since last year. Thank you in advance for your patience
  • If you do feel it is essential that you need to come into the school grounds - please enter in the morning through Gate 1 and 5 (Martin Street or Brown Street by the Library). There will be a teacher on these gates with a Contact Tracing Register for you to sign
  • Keeping track of people entering school - all visitors must report to the office if you come in during the school day 9:00 - 2:30
  • Masks are not required at schools and early learning services at Alert levels 2 and 3
  • The Discos have been postponed and money and tickets will be held until the new date. Please see the Office if you require a refund.
  • Saturday netball for this weekend has been cancelled.

It is essential that we all follow these guidelines which keep all children, staff and families safe. We would love you to review the Level 2 video we made for children and families: Welcome back to school at Level 2.

Further Level 2 information:

Ensure people with COVID-19 symptoms or feeling unwell stay away from school.

  • All students are expected to return to school at Alert Level 2 ( with the exception of students who are sick or have high health needs)
  • All students/ staff, parents and visitors who are not well will not be permitted to be at school
  • If chn or staff become unwell, they will be sent home immediately
  • Anyone who is unwell is encouraged to be tested immediately. Please follow the advice of your GP in terms of self isolation expectations
  • If someone else in your household is unwell and being tested, please follow the advice of your GP in terms of self isolation expectations
  • If there is a case of Covid at our school, the school will be closed and we will follow all MoH expectations and guidelines

Maintain physical distancing (for staff and children this means not breathing on or touching each other. For parents/ visitors, the expectations is 2m spacing inside and outside the school)

  • Select a gate to drop off and pick up your child that suits your family (see map below)* We are wanting to ‘spread’ families out across these gates - if you arrive on Monday and it is very busy - consider moving to another gate)
  • Please drop off children between 8:30 and 8:50am in the morning
  • If you need to enter the school grounds to drop off children (e.g young children) - you must ENTER THROUGH GATE 1 or 5 and sign a contact register at each of the gates (please bring your own pen). No parents can enter the school buildings (other than the Office) or any of the school decks, and all parents/caregivers MUST adhere to 2m physical distancing (New Entrant parents and children will be given guidelines for visiting Ruma Mea Kore and Preschool Sessions)
  • Teachers will be at gate 1 & 4 to welcome. At the end of the day, there will be a teacher on every gate. Teachers will walk children back to the gate they entered through in the morning where they will wait inside the gate until a parent arrives. They will then be released by the teacher.
  • Please pick up children from the same gate between 2:50 - 3:10pm
  • Children and staff will maintain a physical distance so they are not breathing on or touching each other in the classroom and out in the playground (PRIDE wings will guide children about how close they can be - watch video)
  • There are NO restrictions around where children sit at school, use of playgrounds and shared equipment
  • At this stage we will not be having school assemblies or our Powhiri (we are exploring a digital powhiri)
  • If children do not follow all guidelines, and staff feel that the safety of others is endangered, parents will be asked to pick up their child. The safety of all children, families and staff is paramount at this time.

Enable good hygiene practices

  • All appropriate indoor surfaces will be cleaned or sanitised daily
  • Outdoor surfaces such as door handles and railings will be sanitised daily
  • Children will revisit daily the expectations of good hygiene including good cough/sneeze etiquette and hand washing
  • Sanitiser will be used on entry and exit to school and before eating, in every classroom
  • Soap is available in all bathrooms and all chn will wash their hands regularly
  • Drinking fountains will be closed and all children will require their own water/ drink bottle
  • Children will be encouraged to take all their food rubbish home
  • There will be hand sanitiser and soap in every classroom. You are welcome to bring your own named bottle if you would like

Keep track of people entering school

  • Contact tracing will be through attendance registers, student details and visitor registers
  • All visitors during the day must sign the contact register at the Office (1 in, 1 out rule)

Further Information:

  • YMCA will be operating each day
  • Other care providers will meet their children at an agreed gate
  • Breakfast Club will continue and will adhere to all alert level 2 guidelines. It will be open in the hall on Mon, Wednesday and Fridays
  • We encourage any communication with the school to be through email or phone calls
  • We encourage all children to bring a raincoat on wet days as the entry and exit from school may be slower and require chn to wait
  • Please do not bring any dogs into school

We will continue to review our Level 2 plan and update it as we get further information from the MoE and MoH. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.

Contact Numbers:
Office: 04 5286541, Ali Boyd / Office Manager: admin@upperhuttschool.nz, Donna Jones/ Office Support: donnaj@upperhuttschool.nz,
Claire Martin (Junior focus): claire@upperhuttschool.nz, Lee Ewington (Senior focus): lee@upperhuttschool.nz

The P.R.I.D.E C.A.R words we need to focus at the moment are Determination (Manawanui) and Adaptability. Our UHS P.R.I.D.E C.A.R will always help drive/ steer us through any event!

Ngā mihi

Claire Martin and Lee Ewington
Acting Principals/ Nga Tumuaki

Please select one of our 8 gates to drop off your child between 8:30 - 8:50am and pick them up between 2:50 - 3:10. We are trying to ‘spread’ families out to avoid congestion and support you to adhere to the 2 m distancing rule for parents in or around school 

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Saturday 6th March, 2021 - Upper Hutt School Level 1

Kia ora koutou
 
It was great to hear the news that we are moving to Level 1 on Sunday. However, as Dr Bloomfield has clearly stated, new cases are still possible and we need to continue to act with caution and do the right thing to keep our community safe.
 
This document provides information on where you can go to get help, including financial support, as well as details about the different categories of contacts.
 
With new variants and changed requirements for contacts of cases, New Zealand’s COVID response seems to be more complex and sometimes it isn’t clear what “the right thing” actually is.
 
The basics still work
We have a large amount of control over how we can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Even with the new variants of the virus, the most important things we can do remain the same:
 
For our school we will:

  • display QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer app
  • keep our visitor register, attendance register and timetables up to date to help with contact tracing if needed
  • be monitoring for illness and asking anyone who is unwell to remain at home, or to go home
  • encourage people with relevant symptoms to seek medical advice through Healthline (0800 358 5453) or their GP and get tested for COVID if recommended to do so
  • reinforce the importance of good hand washing and drying
  • reinforce good cough and sneeze etiquette
  • clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly
  • support parents who would like to continue to drop off and pick up their children from gates (to keep them in a routine as we roll in and out of levels). Gate 1 & 4 will have staff on them daily.

Your whānau will also have good practices to follow to keep yourselves safe:

  • check in using the NZ COVID Tracer app everywhere you go (the sooner you get notified that you were at a location of interest, the easier it will be to keep yourself and your whānau safe)
  • switch on the Bluetooth function on the app (go to the dashboard in the app to do this)
  • always stay home if you are unwell and seek advice from Healthline (0800 358 5453) or your GP
  • get tested if recommended to do so. Testing is free to everyone in New Zealand!
  • wash and dry hands thoroughly and frequently
  • practise good cough and sneeze etiquette
  • regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home
  • wear face coverings on public transport
  • for those of you who think you might have been at a location of interest at the specified time, follow the instructions on the Ministry of Health website or if you are unsure what to do, contact Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice about getting tested

Get your information from good sources

  • The Ministry of Education provides us with specific advice for what needs to happen in schools and early learning services. Some of the rules are different for schools, early learning services and workplaces than the rules you need to follow when we are out and about with people you don’t know. The main one is we have different physical distancing requirements than the general public. That is because we have good systems in place to prevent spread of COVID.
  • The Ministry of Education also has information for parents, caregivers and whānau.
  • The Government’s Unite against COVID-19 website is the main website to go to get great advice.


Āraia te kino and protect yourself, your whānau and your whakapapa.
 

Jo Grant
Principal / Tumuaki

Sunday 28th February, 2021 - Upper Hutt School Level 2

Dear Parents /Caregivers,

After the announcement by the Prime Minister last night we are now back in Level 2 (with Auckland in Alert Level 3).  The chances are high that we could see a roll in and out of levels over the coming months (just as well we are very prepared for these levels 🙂  Level 2 is where our school becomes one whole bubble (the 100 limit does not apply for schools). Tomorrow and everyday, every teacher and class will revisit the Level 2 rules that help keep us healthy.  

Our detailed Covid planning continues to support us to keep our kura safe and healthy. I am constantly reading updates from the MoE/ MoH to see what else we can add to our planning and prep in order to utilise every resource available.

Key bullet points (further detail below)

We will be strictly adhering to the Ministry of Education & Health Guidelines. The overriding principles for our Alert Level 2 plan and our school bubble are:

  • The Give it a Go Netball day on Tuesday has been cancelled. Other info re sports this week will be sent directly to children/ parents of the teams
  • Maintain physical distancing ( for staff/ chn this means not breathing on or touching each other *PRIDE WINGS*.  Parents /visitors must maintain 2m spacing)
  • Ensure good hygiene practices (personal hygiene and strict school cleaning)
  • We strongly encourage all parents to drop their children off at one of our eight gates (refer map at bottom). The gate you drop off chn at in the morning will be the gate you pick up your chn from at the end of the day. We are trying to ‘spread’ families out to avoid congestion and support you to adhere to the 2 m distancing rule for parents in or around school. IF YOU DO NOT REMEMBER WHAT GATE YOU DROPPED CHILDREN OFF AT LAST TIME OR YOU ARE NEW TO OUR SCHOOL, PLEASE GO TO GATE 1 (MARTIN STREET). We promise we will make sure every child is ‘connected’ with their parent.
  • If you do feel it is essential that you need to come into the school grounds - please enter in the morning through Gate 1 and 5 (Martin Street or Brown Street by the Library). There will be a teacher on these gates with a Contact Tracing Register for you to sign
  • Keeping track of people entering school - all visitors must report to the office if you come in during the school day 9:00 - 2:30
  • Masks are not required at schools and early learning services at Alert levels 2 and 3
  • All Covid updates will be on our school website page under communications/ Covid updates

It is essential that we all follow these guidelines which keep all children, staff and families safe. We would love you to review the Level 2 video we made for children and families: Welcome back to school at Level 2. This is on our website and on our school facebook page.

Further Level 2 information:

Ensure people with COVID-19 symptoms or feeling unwell stay away from school

  • All students are expected to return to school at Alert Level 2 ( with the exception of students who are sick or have high health needs)
  • All students/ staff, parents and visitors who are not well will not be permitted to be at school
  • If chn or staff become unwell, they will be sent home immediately
  • Anyone who is unwell is encouraged to be tested immediately.  Please follow the advice of your GP in terms of self isolation expectations
  • If someone else in your household is unwell and being tested, please follow the advice of your GP in terms of self isolation expectations
  • If there is a case of Covid at our school, the school will be closed and we will follow all MoH expectations and guidelines

Maintain physical distancing (for staff and children this means not breathing on or touching each other. For parents/ visitors, the expectations is 2m spacing inside and outside the school)

  • Select a gate to drop off and pick up your child that suits your family (see map below)* We are wanting to ‘spread’ families out across these gates - if you arrive on Monday and it is very busy - consider moving to another gate)
  • Please drop off children between 8:30 and 8:50am in the morning 
  • If you need to enter the school grounds to drop off children (e.g young children) - you must ENTER THROUGH GATE 1 or 5 and sign a contact register at each of the gates (please bring your own pen). No parents can enter the school buildings (other than the Office) or any of the school decks, and all parents/caregivers MUST adhere to 2m physical distancing (New Entrant parents and children will be given guidelines for visiting Ruma Mea Kore and Preschool Sessions)
  • Teachers will be at gate 1 & 5 to welcome. At the end of the day, there will be a teacher on every gate. Teachers will walk children back to the gate they entered through in the morning where they will wait inside the gate until a parent arrives. They will then be released by the teacher.
  • Please pick up children from the same gate between 2:50 - 3:10pm
  • Children and staff will maintain a physical distance so they are not breathing on or touching each other in the classroom and out in the playground (PRIDE wings will guide children about how close they can be - watch video)
  • There are NO restrictions around where children sit at school, use of playgrounds and shared equipment
  • At this stage we will not be having school assemblies or our Powhiri (we are exploring a digital powhiri)
  • If children do not follow all guidelines, and staff feel that the safety of others is endangered, parents will be asked to pick up their child. The safety of all children,  families and staff is paramount at this time.

Enable good hygiene practices

  • All appropriate indoor surfaces will be cleaned or sanitised daily
  • Outdoor surfaces such as door handles and railings will be sanitised daily
  • Children will revisit daily the expectations of good hygiene including good cough/sneeze etiquette and hand washing
  • Sanitiser will be used on entry and exit to school and before eating, in every classroom
  • Soap is available in all bathrooms and all chn will wash their hands regularly
  • Drinking fountains will be closed and all children will require their own water/ drink bottle
  • Children will be encouraged to take all their food rubbish home
  • There will be hand sanitiser and soap in every classroom. You are welcome to bring your own named bottle if you would like

Keep track of people entering school

  • Contact tracing will be through attendance registers, student details and visitor registers
  • All visitors during the day must sign the contact register at the Office (1 in, 1 out rule)

Further Information:

  • YMCA will be operating each day
  • Other care providers will meet their children at an agreed gate
  • Breakfast Club will continue and will adhere to all alert level 2 guidelines. It will be open in the hall on Mon, Wednesday and Fridays
  • We encourage any communication with the school to be through email or phone calls
  • We encourage all children to bring a raincoat on wet days as the entry and exit from school may be slower and require chn to wait

We will continue to review our Level 2 plan and update it as we get further information from the MoE and MoH. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us. 

Contact Numbers:

Office: 04 5286541, Ali Boyd / Office Manager:  admin@upperhuttschool.nz, Donna Jones/ Office Support:  donnaj@upperhuttschool.nz, Claire Martin (Junior focus): claire@upperhuttschool.nz, Lee Ewington (Senior focus): lee@upperhuttschool.nz, Jo Grant / Principal: principal@upperhuttschool.nz


The P.R.I.D.E C.A.R words we need to focus at the moment are Determination (Manawanui) and Adaptability.   Our UHS P.R.I.D.E CAR will always help drive/ steer us through any event!


Ngā mihi

Jo Grant   
Principal/ Tumuaki

Please select one of our 8 gates to drop off your child between 8:30 - 8:50am and pick them up between 2:50 - 3:10. We are trying to ‘spread’ families out to avoid congestion and support you to adhere to the 2 m distancing rule for parents in or around school 

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Wednesday 17th February, 2021 - Upper Hutt School Level 1

Kia ora koutou,

It was great news to hear we are moving to Alert Level 1 tomorrow. 

As a community we need to avoid the complacency which New Zealanders tend to quickly move into when we are at lower alert levels. Please do continue to scan QR codes and monitor closely for illness within your whānau.

Can I thank you again for being so adaptive: quickly and easily moving into Level 2. We greatly appreciate your support and your willingness to follow the plans and guidelines. 

From tomorrow Thursday, 18th February 2021:

    • parents/ whanau can drop off and pick up children at gate 1 & 4 if they wish to
    • parents are able to come into school grounds - we just ask you scan QR code 
    • if children are unwell please continue to keep them home
    • at school we will continue to maintain high levels of hygiene

Our focus as always will be to support the learning, safety and wellbeing of our rangatahi and tamariki and we continue to be here to support you too.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s kaiako or me, if there is something you need assistance with.

Ngā mihi,


Jo Grant
Principal/Tumuaki


Monday 15th February, 2021 - Upper Hutt School Level 2

Partnership Meetings: Level 2 Guidelines

Partnership Meetings will go ahead tomorrow and Wednesday as planned. We have created a plan in line with the Level 2 Ministry guidelines. Meetings between whanau and teachers are important for setting up the year’s learning, and are particularly helpful if we should change levels in response to COVID19. Our goal is to connect with every family.

Upper Hutt School - Partnership Meetings under Level 2

Guidelines

Provisions

Tracking and Monitoring

  • Please use QR codes on gates or classroom doors, or sign register outside classes

Social Distancing

  • Seats outside classes will be spaced 2m apart
  • Teachers and whanau will sit 2m apart
  • We ask that whanau arrive shortly before their appointments and leave promptly after these 
  • If you are not able to attend the meeting, please let your child’s teacher know and a Zoom meeting can be arranged as an alternative  

Good hygiene practices

  • All classes will have sanitiser outside the classroom door. You are asked to use this before entering the class
  • Gates will be left open during the Partnership meetings to avoid use of handles/catches 

Illness

  • If unwell, please do not attend and we will make arrangements to connect later

Additional information

  • Supervision is available in the Hall during meetings for younger children. 
  • There will be support for signing up to the Parent Portal in the Hall.
  • If you haven’t already booked a Partnership Meeting, please make a booking now: Go to the website: www.schoolinterviews.co.nz    Enter the unique code for Upper Hutt School:ncfem
  • We are constantly reviewing government updates and will inform you promptly of any changes.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Deputy Principals- Lee Ewington lee@upperhuttschool.nz  and Claire Martin claire@upperhuttschool.nz 

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday or Wednesday this week.


Sunday 14th February, 2021 - Upper Hutt School Level 2

There is a lot of important information below, please read this carefully.

Dear Parents /Caregivers,

It was announced by the Prime Minister earlier that our region is moving to Level 2 at midnight. Although it is the last thing any of us wanted to hear, we are very prepared and adaptable at UHS! This email outlines key information about our Level 2 plan and expectations. We are very confident in our level 2 plan - it worked last year and we are confident it will continue to help keep us healthy.  Level 2 is where our school becomes one whole bubble (the 100 limit does not apply for schools). Tomorrow and everyday, every teacher and class will revisit the Level 2 rules that help keep us healthy and safe.  

Key bullet points (further detail below)

We will be strictly adhering to the Ministry of Education & Health Guidelines. The overriding principles for our Alert Level 2 plan and our school bubble are:

  • Maintain physical distancing ( for staff/ chn this means not breathing on or touching each other *PRIDE WINGS*.  Parents /visitors must maintain 2m spacing)
  • Ensure good hygiene practices (personal hygiene and strict school cleaning)
  • We strongly encourage all parents to drop their children off at one of our eight gates (refer map at bottom). The gate you drop off chn at in the morning will be the gate you pick up your chn from at the end of the day. We are trying to ‘spread’ families out to avoid congestion and support you to adhere to the 2 m distancing rule for parents in or around school. IF YOU DO NOT REMEMBER WHAT GATE YOU DROPPED CHILDREN OFF AT LAST TIME OR YOU ARE NEW TO OUR SCHOOL, PLEASE GO TO GATE 1 (MARTIN STREET). We promise we will make sure every child is ‘connected’ with their parent. Tomorrow (the first day back at level 2) will take us a little longer as it is the first time since last year. Thank you in advance for your patience 
  • If you do feel it is essential that you need to come into the school grounds - please enter in the morning through Gate 1 and 5 (Martin Street or Brown Street by the Library). There will be a teacher on these gates with a Contact Tracing Register for you to sign
  • Keeping track of people entering school - all visitors must report to the office if you come in during the school day 9:00 - 2:30
  • Masks are not required at schools and early learning services at Alert levels 2 and 3
  • A decision about if PARTNERSHIP MEETINGS will still be held on Tuesday and Wednesday will be made later tomorrow after the next 24 hour update from the Government

 It is essential that we all follow these guidelines which keep all children, staff and families safe. We would love you to review the Level 2 video we made for children and families: Welcome back to school at Level 2. This is on our website and on our school facebook page.

Further Level 2 information:

Ensure people with COVID-19 symptoms or feeling unwell stay away from school

  • All students are expected to return to school at Alert Level 2 ( with the exception of students who are sick or have high health needs)
  • All students/ staff, parents and visitors who are not well will not be permitted to be at school
  • If chn or staff become unwell, they will be sent home immediately
  • Anyone who is unwell is encouraged to be tested immediately.  Please follow the advice of your GP in terms of self isolation expectations
  • If someone else in your household is unwell and being tested, please follow the advice of your GP in terms of self isolation expectations
  • If there is a case of Covid at our school, the school will be closed and we will follow all MoH expectations and guidelines

Maintain physical distancing (for staff and children this means not breathing on or touching each other. For parents/ visitors, the expectations is 2m spacing inside and outside the school)

  • Select a gate to drop off and pick up your child that suits your family (see map below)* We are wanting to ‘spread’ families out across these gates - if you arrive on Monday and it is very busy - consider moving to another gate)
  • Please drop off children between 8:30 and 8:50am in the morning 
  • If you need to enter the school grounds to drop off children (e.g young children) - you must ENTER THROUGH GATE 1 or 5 and sign a contact register at each of the gates (please bring your own pen). No parents can enter the school buildings (other than the Office) or any of the school decks, and all parents/caregivers MUST adhere to 2m physical distancing (New Entrant parents and children will be given guidelines for visiting Ruma Mea Kore and Preschool Sessions)
  • Teachers will be at gate 1 & 5 to welcome. At the end of the day, there will be a teacher on every gate. Teachers will walk children back to the gate they entered through in the morning where they will wait inside the gate until a parent arrives. They will then be released by the teacher.
  • Please pick up children from the same gate between 2:50 - 3:10pm
  • Children and staff will maintain a physical distance so they are not breathing on or touching each other in the classroom and out in the playground (PRIDE wings will guide children about how close they can be - watch video)
  • There are NO restrictions around where children sit at school, use of playgrounds and shared equipment
  • At this stage we will not be having school assemblies or our Powhiri (we are exploring a digital powhiri)
  • If children do not follow all guidelines, and staff feel that the safety of others is endangered, parents will be asked to pick up their child. The safety of all children,  families and staff is paramount at this time.

Enable good hygiene practices

  • All appropriate indoor surfaces will be cleaned or sanitised daily
  • Outdoor surfaces such as door handles and railings will be sanitised daily
  • Children will revisit daily the expectations of good hygiene including good cough/sneeze etiquette and hand washing
  • Sanitiser will be used on entry and exit to school and before eating, in every classroom
  • Soap is available in all bathrooms and all chn will wash their hands regularly
  • Drinking fountains will be closed and all children will require their own water/ drink bottle
  • Children will be encouraged to take all their food rubbish home
  • There will be hand sanitiser and soap in every classroom. You are welcome to bring your own named bottle if you would like

Keep track of people entering school

  • Contact tracing will be through attendance registers, student details and visitor registers
  • All visitors during the day must sign the contact register at the Office (1 in, 1 out rule)

Further Information:

  • YMCA will be operating each day
  • Other care providers will meet their children at an agreed gate
  • Breakfast Club will continue and will adhere to all alert level 2 guidelines. It will be open in the hall on Mon, Wednesday and Fridays
  • We encourage any communication with the school to be through email or phone calls
  • We encourage all children to bring a raincoat on wet days as the entry and exit from school may be slower and require chn to wait
  • Please do not bring any dogs into school

We will continue to review our Level 2 plan and update it as we get further information from the MoE and MoH. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us. 

Contact Numbers:

Office: 04 5286541, Ali Boyd / Office Manager:  admin@upperhuttschool.nz, Donna Jones/ Office Support:  donnaj@upperhuttschool.nz, Claire Martin (Junior focus): claire@upperhuttschool.nz, Lee Ewington (Senior focus): lee@upperhuttschool.nz, Jo Grant / Principal: principal@upperhuttschool.nz

The P.R.I.D.E C.A.R words we need to focus at the moment are Determination (Manawanui) and Adaptability.   Our UHS P.R.I.D.E C.A.R will always help drive/ steer us through any event!

Ngā mihi

Jo Grant   
Principal/ Tumuaki

Please select one of our 8 gates to drop off your child between 8:30 - 8:50am and pick them up between 2:50 - 3:10. We are trying to ‘spread’ families out to avoid congestion and support you to adhere to the 2 m distancing rule for parents in or around school (we strongly encourage parents to drop off at the gate and not enter the school unless you have to).