Parent Caregiver Return to School Update

Rostering home & Teacher Only Day update

  • Welcoming back Year 12 from rostering home Thursday 24 April 2022

  • Advice of Teacher Only Day Friday 1 April 2022 – Teacher Well-being

Year 12

We will welcome back Year 12 from rostering home tomorrow as scheduled. While we have had further staff affected by COVID, we are confident that under the current circumstances we are able to ensure staffing levels that can support students at all year levels being at and returning to school.

This does signal an integration of our support for the hybrid learning model into our onsite learning – teachers facilitating learning in classrooms with students. Google Classroom will continue to be a source of learning support throughout the year and the work that students have done to support them to stay connected is vital. We do ask that devices we have loaned out are returned with students.

Teacher Only Day

This term has presented some significant challenges to our country, our community, and Naenae College. Throughout these challenges teachers, support staff, and agencies that work with us have stoically supported students and whānau to stay connected and for the school to remain safe and open. This is the third year of schools adapting and responding to the need of our communities. The team at Naenae College has done this willingly and courageously. They have gone the extra mile to support challenging circumstances by adapting, responding creatively, and giving generously to achieve the goal of getting through this together.

While there is a sense of having turned a corner in our efforts to respond to this crisis, we will remain vigilant in regard to further challenges that may arise. I am extremely thankful to our team for their dedication and courage through this recent Omicron outbreak, as I am of schools and public service organisations across our nation that have worked to support their communities.

Friday 1 April will be focused on supporting the well-being of our staff and is part of a wider Wellington educational initiative to acknowledge and manaaki our people. At the Greater Wellington Secondary Schools Principals Association meeting last week there was universal support for this acknowledgment and while schools will take a day that works for them for this purpose, ours will be on Friday 1 April.

My sincere hope is that this signals a slow and steady return to ‘normal’. I will, however, not hold my breath. We will be prepared to respond to the demands of the future but hope that a focus on quality teaching and learning and sustaining great outcomes for our students can once again be the thing that occupies our attention moving forward.

Lastly, thank you for your messages of support. We know that there is no one who remains unaffected by the trials of the past months. Your manaakitanga has provided vital encouragement for our efforts. For those still wrestling with COVID our support remains unflinching.

Kia kaka, ngā mihi manaaki.

Nicholas Richards

Tumuaki

Naenae College

Update on COVID and rostering home

Rostering home Year 12 & 13 (14-18 March)

Year 13 Rostering home is extended for one week only. (14-18 March)

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Kia ora koutou Naenae College Year 12 parents and caregivers

The safety and capacity to continue to provide continuity of education to our community is a priority for Naenae College.

Year 12 attendance due to COVID was down to 42% as of this Wednesday. We also have a number of teachers who are out due to COVID or self-isolation requirements. Continuing to stay open requires a responsive plan.

Key points:

·        Year 12 will be rostered home to be working from home for next week (March 14-18) ONLY

·        The normal timetable will be observed and students are expected to attend classes virtually (Google classroom) or as instructed by their teacher.

·        Resources and learning is centered in the Google classrooms – parents can also join.

·        LAR class will be a ‘check and connect’ time at the direction of the LAR teacher.

·        Attendance will be coded ‘F’ as this is a COVID response.

·        Devices will be provided to those that need them to connect to online learning tomorrow and via request for those already at home.

With this in mind and after consultation with our Board Chair and senior leadership, I am advising you that we will be rostering Year 12 home for next week (March 14-18). This decision is to support the college remaining open in light of COVID cases impacting our staffing capacity.

In the ICT survey for online learning readiness, 32 Year 12 students have indicated that they need a device or would like to borrow one. We will be making devices available to those students needing a device to support online learning for collection tomorrow (Friday 11 March) from the Library during Period 3. Please ensure that if your child requires a device, they bring a bag so that they can transport it and the charger home safely. Students will be expected to bring these back to the school when they return on Monday 21 March.

If your child is already self-isolating due to COVID and requires a device, please let us know and we will endeavour to arrange contactless delivery. admin@naenae-college.school.nz

For students who do not have internet access, they are welcome to continue to attend school to have access to the internet and online learning. We have also requested from the Ministry that connections be provided to those who have indicated that they do not have a connection at home. More information will follow regarding this.

I appreciate that this is unsettling and will require greater self-management from students in Year 12. It is working from home for the week and our expectations of student engagement remain high.  I have confidence in our Year 12 students’ ability to support the whole school by rostering home and managing online learning effectively.

I am happy to answer questions so please feel free to contact me directly.

Ngā mihi

Nic Richards

Tumuaki

Update for Parents and Caregivers

To the Naenae College Parents and Caregivers:

Kia ora koutou e te whānau

Contained in this letter:
• An Overview of COVID and its impact on attendance at Naenae College
• Actions to support the current COVID situation
• Advice on Initial Reports and Academic Conferencing
• Advice on COVID and Online Learning Issues
09 Mar 2022, the isolation period for COVID-19 cases and their household contacts will be reduced from 10 to 7 days.

Overview
I am writing to update you on our current COVID status and to reassure you that we are open and supporting learning both on-site and online to the best of our ability.

After a significant decline, our student numbers over this week have been very slowly decreasing as students and staff continue testing positive for COVID or are required to self-isolate as the result of a household positive case. Increases in student numbers are starting to show that students are returning to school having completed isolation periods. Our first cases were over 10 days ago. To date, we have been notified of 48 positive student cases and 15 staff cases. Please keep letting us know. All cases are following current COVID protocols – please note the change to the isolation period from 10 to 7 days. The balance of students currently absent are isolating due to COVID in the household.


As of today, the table below represents the percentage of each Year level still attending:
Wed %
Year 9     56%
Year 10   47%
Year 11    49%
Year 12   42%

Actions to support the current COVID situation
• Rostering home Year 13 students and providing devices
• Providing on-site access to online learning for students whose teacher may be self-isolating
• Supporting classes with their ‘usual’ teacher
• Modifying programmes to focus on connection and well-being
• Altering Calendar events to reflect the current reality

Initial Reports and Academic Conferencing
Initial reports and academic conferencing are about reporting on how students have started at college, started their year, and how they are demonstrating our values through engaging in learning. It is fair to say that this reporting usually comes after 6-8 weeks of learning when teachers have built relationships and commenced programmes. It provides an informed progress statement and looks forward, into a year of learning and provides this information to parents and caregivers.

Not many teachers will be in a position to make this statement for students this term, let alone to make it for entire classes and this is due to COVID disruption.

The value of a report of this nature is now questionable at this time and under these circumstances, therefore, Naenae College is going to postpone academic conferencing and initial reporting until such a time as it can be meaningful and can be informed by meaningful engagement with students.

However, we will continue to reach out to connect with families and students during this time.

COVID and Online Learning Issues
• We are keenly aware that access to devices to engage with online learning is an issue for some of our families. We are keen to support this where we can and will continue to treat need on a case by case basis. This is not a lockdown and we are not in a position, nor has the Ministry provided resourcing, to send a device to every household. Please continue to contact us where your circumstances look like they might be prolonged and you do not have a device. admin@naenae-college.school.nz
• Attending school: Naenae College continues to be a safe and well resource centre for learning. We encourage students and whānau to feel confident that the best place for learning is at College if you are well.
• COVID is working its way through our community and programmes to minimise its impact have so far protected our community from the worst effects of the virus.
• 09 Mar 2022, the isolation period for COVID-19 cases and their household contacts will be reduced from 10 to 7 days.

Ngā mihi manaaki

Nic Richards
Tumuaki

Rostering Home Yr 13 (7-11 March)

Kia ora koutou Naenae College Year 13 parents and caregivers

The safety and the capacity to continue to provide continuity of education to our community is a priority for Naenae College.

Year 13 attendance due to COVID was down to 51% as of this Wednesday. We also have a number of teachers who are out due to COVID or self-isolation requirements. Continuing to stay open requires a plan.

Key points:

·        Year 13 will be rostered home to be working from home for next week (March 7-11).

·        The normal timetable will be observed and students are expected to attend classes virtually (Google classroom) or as instructed by their teacher.

·        Resources and learning is centered in the Google classrooms – parents can also join.

·        LAR class will be a ‘check and connect’ time at the direction of the LAR teacher.

·        Attendance will be coded ‘F’ as this is a COVID response.

·        Devices will be provided to those that need them to connect to online learning.

·        On Tuesday 8 March some practical classes will be available on-site – students will be notified.

 

With this in mind and after consultation with our Board Chair and school curriculum leadership, I am advising you that we will be rostering Year 13 home for next week (March 7-11). This decision is to support the college remaining open in light of increased cases of COVID impacting our staffing capacity.

In the ICT survey for online learning readiness, 30 Year 13 students have indicated that they need a device or would like to borrow one. We will be making devices available to those students needing a device to support online learning for collection tomorrow (Friday 4 March) from the Library during Period 3. Please ensure that if your child requires a device, they bring a bag so that they can transport it and the charger home safely. Students will be expected to bring these back to the school when they return.

If your child is already self-isolating due to COVID and requires a device, please let us know and we will endeavour to arrange contactless delivery.

For students who do not have internet access, they are welcome to continue to attend school to have access to the internet and online learning. There were 4 students that indicated this and we will have the capacity for one class of students in Room 16 a computer suite.

I appreciate that this is unsettling and will require greater self-management from students as Year 13’s. It is working from home for the week and our expectations of student engagement remain high.  I have confidence in our Year 13 students’ ability to support the whole school by rostering home and managing online learning effectively.

I am happy to answer questions so please feel free to contact me directly.

 

Ngā mihi

Nic Richards

Tumuaki

email: rs@naenae-college.school.nz