2nd April 2020
COVID-19 Coronavirus update
Well just over a week into lock down and we hope that you and your bubbles have managed to find a routine and a new sense of normal. Listening to Nigel Latta on Breakfast this morning he reiterated the need for the priority for our children to be a sense of calm, peace, and ensuring that we reduce conflict. I will put the link on to our google site once it is made available. Similar to the information shared by Nathan Wallis he suggests that if kids are into schoolwork and want to do it, great, do it, but likewise if not then don’t do it. He talked about relaxing the rules you have around screen time and watching TV, it won’t do them harm in the short term, they’ll be fine. As we are preparing ourselves for starting Term Two on Wednesday 15th April we want parents to keep these messages in mind. We are developing varied programs to support learning across the curriculum in a variety of ways, however we do not intend it to add more pressure to families and are welcoming each family to engage with it in a way that suits them and their children.
We continue to look at and discuss with other schools and principals what they have trialled, have found successful and have struggled with. Our main aim is to ensure that our students are able to engage with learning in a manner that best fits their situation. We are hoping to find that balance of support while not overwhelming families with unrealistic expectations, a theme coming through strongly on social media. For our Kauri team the google platform will continue to work well and they can add other apps, programs to support them in the way that they deliver learning. We are assessing which online platform will best support our Rata and Kowhai learners. We will continue to use our google site once Term Two is up and running to provide overviews of our learning. We are currently looking in to how we can upskill all our teachers on a new platform during the lockdown, and the ease with which students and families can then use it – we will keep you posted. Below is a reminder about keeping safe online during a time when screen time may increase, or monitoring may look different than usual.
Keeping safe online
We encourage you at this time to discuss internet safety with your children – of all ages. You should agree with your children what they can do online including sites they can visit and appropriate behaviours including:
- reviewing and approving games and apps before they are downloaded
- reviewing privacy settings of sites and applications
- checking children’s profiles and what they are posting online
- check the sites your child is accessing
- reminding children that anything that is posted online will be permanently on the internet
- taking the time to understand what sites they are visiting and who they are talking with and check in regularly
- some social media sites have age restrictions to join, check these before letting your child use them or join them
- monitoring a child’s use of the internet and consider having them use it in an open, common area of the house
- making sure your children know to report any activity they don’t feel comfortable with to parents and caregivers straight away.
There is a unique opportunity during the lockdown of families going out together, albeit it close to home, but if your child is going out on their own it’s still important to check where they are going.
- Netsafe continues to be available to provide you with support for online safety. They have information for parents and caregivers and have pulled together their top tips for online safety during the lockdown. To report an incident To Netsafe – https://www.netsafe.org.nz/reportanincident/
- If you think a child in your care is the victim of online exploitation or abuse, report it to Police
As noted on Monday by the Ministry of Health, Flutracking is an online survey which asks if you have had a fever or cough in the last week and which can help us track COVID-19. Registering online will help surveillance efforts by providing early detection of community spread of the flu and also of COVID-19 symptoms. We encourage people to register online at https://info.flutracking.net/ This is a practical thing everyone can do to help monitor flu and COVID-19 symptoms throughout NZ.
It has been great to see some of our community posting on our Facebook challenges, we miss seeing our students and are looking forward to the day that we can all be back at Three Kings School. Till then, stay safe, stay home and stay connected.