28 Feb 2021

Kia ora koutou,

The government has made the decision to move Christchurch to Alert Level 2 from 6am on Sunday 28th February for the next seven days. Below is key information relating to Shirley Boys’ High School for our community and whānau. If you have any concerns please let me know. If you are feeling unwell with Covid-19 symptoms or are concerned about coming to school, please let me know as soon as possible. 

Schools are open to everyone, and all children must attend.

For most day to day activities at schools, the rules for gatherings do not apply. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there for education. Fields trips will go ahead this week, but the sports exchange with Kings High School has been postponed and the Understand NCEA Workshop on Thursday 4th March has been cancelledAthletic sports will continue on Wednesday, however I am afraid that there can be no spectators.

Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport. However, if students are travelling on a public bus then they are required to wear face coverings.

Sick people must stay at home. They should seek medical advice if they have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If that person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate.

Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:

  • Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)
  • Hand hygiene
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.
  • Please contact the school if you have any concerns or require further information.

It is important at this time to stay safe and follow the advice of the government and the Ministries of Health and Education.

Ngā mihi nui,

Tim Grocott

Headmaster

14 Feb 2021

Kia ora koutou,

Due to community transmission in Auckland, the government has made the decision to move Christchurch to Alert Level 2 from midnight tonight for 72 hours. This is something we have done previously and are able to manage safely. Below is key information relating to Shirley Boys’ High School for our community and whānau. If you have any concerns please let me know. If you are feeling unwell with Covid-19 symptoms or are concerned about coming to school, please let me know as soon as possible.

Year 9 Outdoor Education Day and Southland Exchange will still go ahead this week. 

Both of these events are classed as normal schooling and will not be affected by the rules around gatherings.

Schools are open to everyone, and all children must attend.
At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained but there is still risk of community transmission. It is safe for children and staff to attend school as there will be appropriate measures in place, including for children and staff vulnerable to severe illness.

Learning will be onsite with distance learning offered for boys who are unable to attend school due to self-isolation
Distance learning should be provided for those required to self-isolate, those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result, or those choosing to remain at home because they are vulnerable to illness.

Schools are not classified as gatherings and a range of events and activities can go ahead.
For most day to day activities at schools, the rules for gatherings do not apply. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there for education. However, if we are still at Alert Level 2 after Wednesday we will not be able to hold our Year 9 Parent Evening which is scheduled for Thursday. Further details will be provided during the week.

Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport.
This includes charter buses hired by the school to transport students and staff. Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering in any setting should be supported to do so.

Sick people must stay at home.
They should seek medical advice if they have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If that person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate.

Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:

  • Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)
  • Hand hygiene
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.

Please contact the school if you have any concerns or require further information.

It is important at this time to stay safe and follow the advice of the government and the Ministries of Health and Education.

Ngā mihi nui

Tim Grocott, Headmaster

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