School’s return

Following the announcement of a move to Level 2, we look forward to welcoming back all students to school from Monday 18th May. Distance learning is continuing until Friday 15th May, but please understand that after this time your child’s classroom teacher will not be continuing distance learning, as they will be at school, fulfilling their normal classroom teaching role.

As we have done so throughout the Pandemic, we will continue to follow the advice of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health. Their advice is as follows:

“Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff coughing into their elbows, hand washing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.”

Please also provide your child with a full water bottle for the day, to reduce the use of shared water fountains as much as possible.

School and public buses will be running at their normal times with the added precautions of contactless payment through the Hop Card, rear door entry and exit to provide distancing for drivers, and the request for passengers to physically distance as much as possible.

We are really looking forward to having all children back at Royal Oak Intermediate. Please support and encourage your children to come to school and please communicate with your child’s classroom teacher as necessary.

AT Bus Services

School buses

AT school bus services will operate during Alert Level 2. Following the Government’s guidelines, physical distancing measures will be different from our public transport services but standing on buses will not be permitted.

Working closely with the schools, AT have several measures to support contact tracing for students. The bus is being cleaned in accordance with Government guidance.

Because no standing passengers will be allowed on school buses and some seats near the drivers will be out-of-bounds this will result in a reduction of capacity for most school buses and they will not be able to carry as many passengers as they did in pre-Covid19 times. They recommend people look for back-up public transport options, if possible, using the online journey planner (AT.govt.nz/journeyplanner) or AT Mobile app, should they be needed. They also recommend parents of young children wait with their child at the bus stop in case the bus is too full to take more passengers. They are currently working to shift spare resources to where it is estimated to be needed in this unprecedented situation but they apologise if a bus cannot accommodate everyone who wants it.

Public buses (i.e. not dedicated school buses) have additional physical distancing requirements with fewer seats available for passengers. This is because public bus services do not have the ability for contact tracing that school bus services do. Seats on these buses are clearly labelled so passengers are not sitting too close to each other. Standing will also not be permitted on these buses.

Registered HOP cards only

Under Alert Level 2, regular fares apply. Please note that bus drivers won’t accept cash. Instead, you’ll need to use a registered AT HOP card to tag on and off.

You need to make sure your AT HOP card is registered – this makes contact tracing easy if needed. Visit our website for information on where to get your AT HOP card and how to register it. 

When travelling on buses

·         Cash payments for fares will not be accepted. You must use an AT HOP card.

·         Use the rear door to get on and off buses.

·         Tag on and off using the AT HOP card reader inside the rear door.

·         If you use a wheelchair or mobility device, are vision-impaired or require driver assistance, you can still get on and off using the front door.

·         Each public bus will have a sign showing the number of passengers it can carry.

Year 7 Camp 2020

Tena koutou ROI families,

Due to the guidelines in place for Covid-19, Royal Oak Intermediate School Camp for the Year 7 students 2020 has been postponed. It was scheduled to run the week of May 11th to May 15th. The Year 8 students were not attending camp this year.

 

At this stage we are unsure of exactly when camp will be rescheduled. It could be later this year or possibly moved to 2021. We are staying up-to-date with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health guidelines around this, as well as communicating with CYC Camp in Ngaruawahia around our next steps. We will inform you as soon as a decision has been reached on Camp 2020.

A few important points for you all,

  • Any of the cost that you may have paid toward Camp 2020 is currently in your child’s school account.
  • If Camp 2020 does not go ahead this year, this money can remain in your child’s school account or be refunded to you via internet banking upon request.
  • If Camp 2020 does go ahead at a later stage this year and you do not wish for your child to attend, you can contact us and request the money to stay in your child’s account or be refunded to you.
  • If you urgently require a refund of the fees you’ve paid for Camp 2020, please contact me via email bohalloran@royaloakint.school.nz or phone 020-401-889-85 and we will endeavor to get this money to you as quickly as possible.

Please feel free to reach out to myself and the Royal Oak Intermediate School whanau for any assistance you may need.

Nga mihi nui,

Barry O’ Halloran

Alert Level 3 prep.

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

Following the Government’s announcement, preparations for Alert Level 3 are now underway at Royal Oak Intermediate. For our planning, one thing we need to have very accurate is our Alert Level 3 School Roll. Please follow the link below and complete the short survey as soon as possible. We need this information from all families before school opens

https://forms.gle/3XgCGHeG58B1uGtN8

The statement from the government is that:

“Work and learn from home if you can. We still want the vast majority of people working from home, and children and young people learning from home.”

To continue to support families to work from, home teachers will continue to use their Classroom Google Sites, Zoom and other platforms to support the learning of individuals in their classes.

During Level 3, the programme that children will be following at school will be the same as the Home Learning provided online. The small numbers that do come to school, will not necessarily see their own classroom teacher, and will be following the Home Learning Programme set by their classroom teacher.

We are gathering the advice from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health about Alert Level 3 and will implement this at school. The current advice is that children need to be at least 1 metre apart inside, and 2 metres apart outside. There is a range of cleaning and hygiene advice too, and we will be following this as well. All high touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected at least once a day and hand sanitiser will be available in all classes. Classrooms will not exceed ten pupils, and will not mix with other classes. All of the guidance provided will be implemented before school opens.

Nga mihi nui

Tony

School closed Tuesday 24 March

Kia ora koutou

This afternoon the Prime Minister has announced that the country is now at Alert Level 3 for Covid 19 and will be going to Alert Level 4 within 48 hours. Effectively this means everybody in the country will be going into self-isolation from Thursday.

This means that all schools will be closed from tomorrow for at least a period of four weeks, which will take us through until the 22nd of April as an absolute minimum.

Students may attend school tomorrow and Wednesday if their families are workers in essential services, for example Police, ambulance and healthcare providers. From Thursday school is closed to absolutely everybody.

Staff have been working hard on providing distance learning opportunities for students, and we will continue to develop these.

If you have any queries or concerns about your child’s learning in the coming weeks please contact their teacher in the first instance. For general inquiries or if we can be of any support to you whatsoever please contact us at admin@royaloakint.school.nz We will post regular updates on the school website, Facebook page, and App.

The next few weeks will come with challenges, please take good care of yourselves and stay informed.

Ngā mihi mahana

Tony Coughlan

Principal