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.
· 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.