Corona Virus


Corona Virus update 27 March 2020

Kia ora koutou
We have started into a new phase of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 and it is very different than anything most of us have ever experienced.  I wanted to reassure you that our school staff and Board of Trustees will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the next weeks. 
 
You will understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, like you’re now working from home, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring, and promote health and physical wellbeing. The below timetable (targeted at younger children) could be something your household adapts to use over the next weeks. A school holiday version will likely look a little different, but some form of routine will still be important as we go through the lockdown period.
 
Daily Schedule

Before 9:00am Wake up Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry
9:00-10:00 Morning walk Family walk with the dog, bike ride,
Yoga if it’s raining
10:00-11:00 Learning at home School-led learning or Sudoku, books, flash cards, study guide, journal etc
11:00-12:00 Creative time Legos, magnatiles, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.
12:00 pm Lunch :)
12:30 Helping at home # wipe all kitchen tables and chairs
# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops
# wipe both bathrooms - sinks and toilets
1:00-2:30 Quiet time Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories
2:30-4:00 Learning at home School-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, Educational show
4:00-5:00 Afternoon fresh air Bikes, walk the dog, play outside
5:00-6:00 Dinner :)
6:00-8:00 Free TV time Kids shower time
8:00 Bedtime All kids
9:00pm Bedtime All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight

*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography
 
There are links below to more wellbeing information to support your family during the lockdown.
 
Some good news to support you either working at home and/or studying at home - Spark, Vodafone, Vocus/Slingshot, 2Degrees and Trustpower have all advised they have removed their data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage.
 
For our Pacific families, if you are not aware the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples. A one-hour special will be aired on Tagata Pasifika’s segment on Saturday at 9am; and on Sunday at 7.35am, Tagata Pasifika will share messages from community leaders. The Ministry is asking you to reach out to all your family members, community groups, friends and group chats to ensure our Pacific community groups are watching the programming on both days.
 
A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown so seriously. As the Prime Minister has noted staying at home will break the chain and save lives; breaking the rules could risk someone close to you and if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands.

Over the school holidays you can continue to contact the school for support.  For guidance counsellor support please email tyr@otagogirls.school.nz.  For all other support please email admin@otagogirls.school.nz  

 Further information will be available in the Nautilus News Newsletter that will be coming out today. 

We will be in contact on Tuesday 14 March to provide an update on where things are at and plans for the start of Term 2.

Ngā mihi

Linda Miller 

Principal

Information and resources to support wellbeing and support learning at home

Message from OGHS Guidance Counsellor 26 March 2020
Kia ora OGHS community,

My first whaiora for the day provided me with more health and well being than I afforded him!  You are all welcome to make use of my counselling services during term time and I thank you for allowing me into your homes remotely.  The first point of contact is to send me an email on tyr@otagogirls.school.nz and I will respond that day with an invitation to a google/zoom meeting.  I can also be contacted on the school phone system.  My extension is 829.  Our Public Health nurse Rebecca Young will be able to offer a range of services remotely should they be required.  Please contact me and I will arrange this on behalf of the student. 
 
If there is an urgent matter requiring my attention outside of term time please let me know via email and I will make myself available.  If you have any urgent safety concerns, EPS (Emergency Psychiatric Services) at the Dunedin Hospital will continue to operate, and can be contacted 24/7 on 0800 46 78 46 or dial 111 if it is an emergency.
 
Ng`a mihi nui
Kirsten Taylor
Counsellor

Corona Virus update 24 March 2020

Kia ora koutou

With yesterday’s announcement by Government, we are implementing with urgency our plan to support your child’s learning from home. We appreciate this is a sudden and significant change, and will be heavily disruptive to many people in our community.
 
Today was to be our Teacher Only Day so I am assuming that essential workers had arrangements in place for their children today.  If you are an essential worker, we look forward to seeing your child here tomorrow morning at 8:50am. You may wish to check if you are considered an essential worker - https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-system/  however those roles include doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and police. We continue to ask that children who are not well, do not attend school.
 
For all other children, we will be supporting their learning from your home in the following ways:

  • through online learning

  • teachers will provide work through their usual Google Classroom and via Zoom

  • through the School Google Classroom which will include links for accessing resources, counselling or any other help  

  • please contact the school office: admin@otagogirls.school.nz if you have any concerns, questions or requests.  

School holidays have been brought forward by two weeks.  They begin on Monday 30 March and extend to Tuesday 14 April.  This means that Term 1 finishes this Friday  and Term 2 begins the Wednesday after Easter. Students will be provided with work for the remainder of this week and may have ongoing work to do over the two week break, however no new work will be set over the holidays.  

If your child needs to collect learning materials or other resources from the school they may come in before 4pm over the next two days to collect this.  They must report to the office who will arrange for them to collect what is needed.  From midnight Wednesday there will be no access to the school.  

These are unprecedented and uncertain times for us all and your child will be looking to you for guidance about this decision. Parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers will have a particularly important part to play in reassuring children at this time. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to read the information put together by the Ministry of Education to support your conversations with your children – Talking to children about COVID-19

As noted by the Prime Minister these restrictions are our best chance to slow the virus in New Zealand and to save lives. We all have a clear role here to slow the spread of COVID-19.
 
We will continue to communicate with you over the coming days. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school staff and school community. 
 
Ngā mihi 

Linda Miller (Principal)

 

Corona Virus update 23 March 2020

Kia ora parents/caregivers

I am awaiting information from the Ministry of Education to provide further detail to the Prime Minister's announcement today.  I will forward this on as soon as it arrives.  
 
In the meantime, school will be closed to all students, except those children of essential service workers, for the next 48 hours.  If you fall into this category, we will provide supervision for your child/ren at school over the next two days.  Please contact us if that is required.   
 
As of midnight Wednesday schools will be closed.  My understanding is that the holidays are being brought forward but I am unclear what that will mean in terms of when we will switch to online learning.  Again, I will keep you informed as we are provided with this information.  
 
We will have a very limited number of staff at school over the next two days who can help if your child needs to collect things from the school.  Please phone or email ahead so we can collect what they need and minimise any contact between people.  
 
This is clearly a worrying time for the whole country.  Maintaining social distancing is going to be crucial to us limiting the spread of this virus.  Please follow the advice given and keep you, your family, and others safe. 
 
Nga mihi
Linda Miller (Principal)

Corona Virus update 21 March 2020

Dear parents/caregivers

As you are all aware the Covid-19 situation continues to evolve and change on a daily basis.  Because of this, and due to the fact that we have Anniversary Day on Monday and Teachers Only Day on Tuesday I will wait until Tuesday morning before providing a further update.  

You do need to be aware that people over 70 and those classified as being high risk, due to having compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions, are being advised to remain at home.  This will affect a number of our staff and students.

Please advise us if your child is considered a high risk individual.  Although we have medical information for most of these students, there may be others we are not aware of. 

Kind regards
Linda Miller (Principal)

Corona Virus update 20 March 2020

Kia ora koutou
 
With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.

  • As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform me about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you.
  • If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.
  • If our school does need to close temporarily, we have a plan in place to support student’s learning.

We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here.
 
Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practicing good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness.
 
We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community.  

More information and links can be found in this week's Nautilus News which will come out later today.   
Ngā mihi 

Linda Miller (Principal)

Corona Virus update 18 March 2020

Student contact

Yesterday the first case of a Dunedin school student with Covid 19 was reported.  Authorities are working closely with Logan Park High School to follow the plan for dealing with such eventualities.  This includes closing the school for 48 hours to allow thorough cleaning, close contact tracing and casual contact notifications.  
 
If you believe you or a family member has been in contact with someone with the virus you can find information on self-isolation and for close contacts below:

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/covid-19-self-isolation

 

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/contact-tracing-covid-19

 

School Closure

If there is an outbreak in our school the Ministry of Health will direct us to close. The government may issue a region wide or national school closure policy.  There is no indication of either scenario at present but staff are currently preparing so that we can continue to provide students with programmes of learning if we have to close.  

 
Absences
Please ensure you keep the school informed if your daughter is absent from school, along with  the reason for the absence.  This allows us to monitor the situation in relation to the virus.  Teachers will be uploading tasks and resources onto google classrooms to enable students who are absent, but well, to keep up with their learning.  It is important that students maintain routines and their connection with teachers, friends and classmates if they are in self-isolation.  
 
School Camps/ Careers Week and Overnight Trips
All OGHS camps and overnight trips planned for this term have been cancelled.  This includes: 
Year 12 Biology and Geography Trip to Borland Lodge
Year 12 Outdoor Ed Cycle Tour
Tramping Club trip to Big Hut.  
Year 11 Outdoor Ed Rock Climbing camp.  Please note that students will still do the rock climbing component but will not camp overnight. 
 
The Year 12 Careers Week, due to be held in Week 10 has also been cancelled. Year 12 students will be expected to be in classes as normal for that week.
 
Planned day trips and activities will continue to run.  
 
School sport and Tournament Week
A number of local sporting competitions have been cancelled until further notice.  These include Touch, Handball, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Futsal and Cricket.  
 
At this stage Hockey and Basketball trials are going ahead as planned although this may change.  
 
If you or your daughter is unsure about the status of any sport please contact the teacher in charge or our Sports Co-ordinator: hk@otagogirls.school.nz
 
Summer Tournaments have been postponed or cancelled.  This includes:  Maadi Cup Rowing, SISS Athletics,  SISS Div 2 Waterpolo Champs, National Volleyball Champs.
 
We are working with the various providers for both tournaments and camps to get refunds where possible and we will let those concerned know once this is sorted.  
 
Assemblies
We will not be holding full school assemblies for the foreseeable future.  We will instead be using House Assemblies to deliver key messages to students.  These involve significantly smaller numbers of students.
 
Safe Hygiene Practices
We are continuing to promote safe hygiene practices to all staff and students.  The cleaning staff are being extra vigilant in maintaining hygienic surfaces around the school.  Soap, hand sanitiser and tissues are freely available for use.  Thorough hand washing and drying and good cough and sneeze protocols are proven to reduce spread of this, and other viruses.  
 
These are strange and troubling times and it is important that we look after ourselves and each other.  We are doing our best to maintain the routines we can for your daughters.  Thank you for your ongoing support for the school.  
 

Corona Virus update 17 March 2020

The Covid 19 Coronavirus situation continues to evolve and the government has responded by banning gatherings of over 500 people and insisting on new arrivals into the country going into self-isolation for 14 days.  Numerous local and national sporting events and competitions have also been cancelled. 

At this stage there are no plans for schools to close.  The most likely reason this would happen would be if there was a confirmed case of the virus in the school, in which case the school would close for 1 - 2 days to enable contacts to be tracked and traced.  We are, however, planning how we would function should schools across New Zealand be required to close at some point in the future.   Please note that any announcement of the closure of the school will be communicated to you directly via email and the School App and will be posted on our website.   

At this point we will:

- continue to promote safe hygiene practices

- require anyone returning from overseas to self-isolate for 14 days

- not hold whole school assemblies

- continue to run planned camps, with additional provisions in place to cope with any suspected cases of the virus

We have been informed by School Sport New Zealand that all Secondary School sporting events have been postponed.  This means that Summer Tournament Week events will not be proceeding as planned.

The local Futsal competition has also been suspended.    

You can find the most up to date information about the virus here and a great youtube clip for children here.

Safe hygiene practices are as follows:  

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry thoroughly
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments
  • stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the rubbish
  • get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

Coronavirus update 29 January 2020

A number of Auckland schools are reportedly not allowing Chinese students to attend school for two weeks in the event they had been exposed to Coronavirus. Given the continued advice from the Ministry of Health, our response is that we will reserve the right to require students considered to be of high risk to not attend school for a period of quaratine. High risk students are those who come from the Hubei Province of China or have been exposed to someone with the virus. At present none of our Chinese students fall into this risk level and are considered to be of the same level of risk as anyone in our school community who has travelled overseas or interacted with international travellers in the past two weeks. We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation carefully and will keep you informed. Once students are back at school we will be providing them with information about how to minimise the risk of contracting any viral condition and have brought in supplies of hand sanitiser for throughout the school. You can find further information on the Ministry of Health site. Please contact the school if you have any concerns.

Coronavirus Update 28 January 2020

Our school is closely monitoring information being provided by the Ministry of Health, in regard to the Coronavirus. With the first unconfirmed case being reported in New Zealand it is important to err on the side of caution. Information and practical information about the coronavirus can be found here: Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health website. As always anyone who is unwell should not be at school. If you are concerned about you or your child, contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages and they do have Mandarin and Cantonese speaking staff available. If your child is at high risk of exposure because they have recently been to China or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, please contact us and delay the start of their school year for 14 days and voluntarily stay away. • General advice to help reduce the general risk of infection is as follows: avoiding very close contact with people showing symptoms • frequently washing hands • avoiding close contact with sick live farm animals or wild animals • practicing cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands). In the event of a reported case of the virus among our school population we will follow the advice of authorities as outlined in our Pandemic Policy. Please contact us if you h

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