Tena koutou ki te whanau o Oratia. Greetings everyone at Oratia and Lone Kauri.
Auckland has now moved to Covid-19 Alert Level 3. Level 3 means that people should be working from home unless they are unable to because of the nature of their work, and that children should be with their families learning from home. If there is no one to care for your children at Level 3, as you return to work, then they can come to school and be in a small bubble to learn. These children will remain in their bubble, and have strict health and safety requirements in place to help them stay safe. These include having assigned bathrooms to use, set places to play outside, distancing in the class and outside, and robust cleaning and ventilation every day. The wearing of masks is not considered essential for young children, mostly because they do not know how to wear them long term in a way that is effective. However, if you wish your child to wear a mask when at school they are entitled to do so. Some staff may even choose to do so. Please remember that our L3 bubble teachers will also be continuing with the teaching of their own classes, as well as supporting their bubble students. I thank them for their upcoming mahi, and ask you to be patient and kind in your interactions with any of them.
For the vast majority of families who will be keeping their children home with them for their learning through Level 3, I wish you well, and hope that your patience and creativity will continue to flow and be a blessing to your families and whanau.
Oratia School grounds, playgrounds and bike track will remain closed to the community during Level 3
Look after yourselves and stay safe. Kia kaha, Kia atawhai.
Ngā mihi nui