The school is closed from 23rd March for all but the sons of emergency workers and then closed for all as at Thursday 26th March.
(Wednesday 25th March 2020)
Kia ora koutou,
The Prime Minister announced on Monday 23rd March that we have now moved to Level 3 and then from Thursday 26th March we will move to Level 4 in the COVID-19 Alert Level structure for a further period of 4 weeks where people are instructed to stay at home. For Tuesday and Wednesday, the expectations are that there are teachers available on site to teach the children of essential workers, including children of teachers, and to prepare online work. Staff will not be able to access the school site from midnight Wednesday and will work from home.
At this stage we are planning to offer distance learning from Thursday morning onwards.
School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week period. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30th March to Tuesday 14th April inclusive, the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools, during the holiday break there is no expectation for staff to be providing distance learning.
The process for Distance / Remote Learning is outlined below in the following stages, this is subject to change as further details are released by the Ministry of Education.
Stage 1 – Leadership Communication with student Whānau
The Leadership Team will send an email to all whānau outlining the Distance / Remote Learning Plan.
Stage 2 (Optional) – Teacher Communication with Whānau
Teachers can (but are not required to) send an initial outline email to whānau outlining their Distance / Remote Learning Plan. Some teachers may provide work for Thursday 25th March & Friday 26th March and over the School Holiday break.
Stage 3 – Teacher Communication with Students (Prior to Wednesday 15th April)
Teachers will communicate with students in the first instance via their school email address in Outlook via Office 365 outlining communication channels and Distance / Remote Learning Plans. Instructions for students to access their email in Outlook via Office 365 are here; bit.ly/NCstudentemail
Stage 4 – Distance / Remote Learning Plan(s)
Teachers where possible will give two days of distance learning opportunities for Thursday 25th March & Friday 26th March and perhaps something non-compulsory for the holiday break. The Distance / Remote Learning plan will be in action and underway for continued learning for students by Wednesday 15th April.
Clearly any NZQA Assessments due in the following 4-weeks will need flexibility with deadlines, students are encouraged only to work on and submit these where it is appropriate and practical.
Full and updated details can be found here; https://bit.ly/NCremote. or on the resource sidebar.
Tuesday 24th March
(Tuesday 24th March 2020)
The Ministry of Education has clarified some things to do with distance learning and the placement of the holidays, (times when we are not offering distance learning). You will see on this page a calendar summarising the near future. Essentially staff have a few days to get things in order and send out some work. The Ministry of Education is suggesting that they may have created more distance learning resources by the end of this holiday period to add to our existing resources. It is envisaged that we will then deliver distance learning until schools are allowed to open again.
We will undoubtedly have more updates on this front including information relating to NCEA.
Monday 23rd March
(Monday 23rd March 2020)
Please be aware that the Prime Minister has announced that as a country we are moving to a Level Three response to Covid 19 immediately, and then to Level Four in 48 hours.
This means that the school will be closed from tomorrow for all but the sons of emergency workers and then closed for all as at Thursday morning.
At this stage we are planning to offer distance learning from Thursday morning onwards, in line with the initial statement made by the Prime Minster. It has been suggested that the school will be closed for at least 4 weeks, which may include the holidays. This will all be clarified in due course.
We will be in contact with your son(s) about the distance learning component as more details are released by the Ministry of Education. I suspect this particular area will evolve quite a lot before it settles. Our staff will spend this next 48 hours establishing a programme of distance learning. It will mean considering which aspects of their courses are best suited to this type of learning and what current work can be finished off. In the junior school, there is a range of more generic programmes which will help to keep learning going.
A skeleton staff will be here tomorrow and Wednesday to accommodate the needs of any emergency worker’s children; they should report to the Hall on arrival.
Please keep checking this website for updated information. The Ministries of Health and Education also have very useful information online.
We have managed extraordinarily well as a face of calm and purpose already.
Your vital role in supporting your son(s) through extraordinary times, continues to be very important.
Sunday 22nd March(Sunday 22nd March 2020)
Kia ora koutou katoa,
The Government announced that we had entered a level two (copied below) response to Covid 19 as a country. That has some implications for us.
The first and most important is that some of your sons are advised to stay at home. The broad advice applies to the following:
Older people, particularly those with pre-existing health problems are more likely to get severe illness and are therefore considered at risk. High risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:
- a compromised immune system
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- heart disease
- diabetes mellitus
If you are in this category and feel that you should stay at home then please could you let attendance know via email with an outline of the reason why ( In what way you are compromised). You are not expected to obtain a medical certificate in the situation as the government is anxious not to add any more pressure to medical centres. These guidelines are in addition to the previous guidelines about staying away of you are not well, self-isolating if you have been in contact with a potentially infected person.
Physical distancing and its importance is the another key message
- We will take all practicable steps to spread students around the class. Staff will be mindful of keeping well clear of their space and avoid contact with them and their belongings. Staff will move to a delivery methods that does not involve sharing resources.
- Practical classes will ask students to hand wash before and after the lesson and will need to consider regimes for cleaning shared resources.
- We have established many hand washing sites around the school. These are being restocked at least twice daily and are signposted too. Students will be reminded about these.
- Students should avoid sharing resources and food of any sort with each other
- A student who is absent because they are required to self-isolate for whatever reason, or who are unwell will be marked as explained and justified absences. Staff will do what is practically possible to provide work for these students.
- A student who is absent by choice or not actually required to self-isolate will be marked as explained by unjustified (J).
- Students will not be required to obtain a medical certificate, again to minimise the load on medical centres.
- Please direct any personal concerns you have to firstname.lastname@example.org we can very easily help you to dispel rumour without adding to the speculation
- Please be very assertive with sons if they are being silly and thoughtless with rumour. We all have different levels of anxiety in this situation and must be mindful of those potentially more significantly impacted.
- The government has stated that schools will not close end masse until we are at level four or on a case by case basis. Both relevant Ministries are being incredibly proactive and will undoubtedly let us know if we meet this threshold for any reason. They are also very clear that it is has serious implications should we take the law into our own hands on this matter.
Buses not running
Nelson Coachlines have announced the cancellation of some bus routes as of 23 March https://www.nelsoncoachlines.co.nz/
If your son travels to school by bus and you are unsure what bus route number you may want to refer to the Bus Timetable
Friday 20th March
(Friday 20th March 2020)
The Top of the South Principals have been meeting to keep connected and to develop joint approaches in this situation.
They have collectively decided that we will all postpone:
- Any ‘inter’ school activities. In other words events that have students from more than one school together as at 23 March
- Any students going on overnight activities as at Monday 23 March
Wednesday 18th March
(Wednesday 18th March 2020)
Reminder – schools remain open
At this stage, we are not expecting widespread school closures. We are planning for temporary closures, like what is happening at Logan Park School but as the World Health Organisation has confirmed, the risk to children remains low and parents should continue to send their kids to schools and early learning centres.
Consequently any decisions about school closures will be made on a case by case basis. In the meantime, unless students are unwell themselves, then parents should keep sending them to schools and early learning centres as these environments continue to be safe and the best place for them to continue their learning.
Nelson College has, as a result of the advice from the Ministry of Education:
- School bus route restrictions as of 23 March (Link to Nelson Coachlines)
- The fitness center is completely closed indefinitely for a few weeks
- Closed the school library (students can still use our Wheelers ePlatform catalogue, we have 1878 e books and 764 audiobooks to choose from)
- Postponed Parent Teacher Interviews 24th & 26th March (normal school day)
- NC / NCG Open Door event 27 March (Cancelled)
- Cancelled the Youth Leadership Forum
- Postponed all Assemblies
- Postponed all Dances
- Postponed all House Meetings
- Year 13 Leadership Programme (suspended, alternative programme to be devised)
- Whenua iti TOTSTA courses for Term 1 cancelled (NMIT Friday courses continues at this stage)
In addition, Nelson College:
Continues to provide guidance and facilities for staff and students around personal hygiene.
- Regularly washing hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly
- Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze
- Staying home when you are sick
- Avoiding contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
- Avoiding public gatherings if you feel unwell
- Cleaning surfaces regularly when infection is suspected
Continues to support students at school with their hand washing by providing hygiene instructions & hand sanitiser throughout the school.
Continues to intensify our cleaning routine to ensure high use areas are regularly treated with disinfectant.
Sport and Trips
The board of School Sport NZ has announced the School Sport NZ calendar of national events will be further suspended until May 5th.
This includes the National Summer Sports Tournament Week and all national and South Island events.
- SISS Mountain Biking (Cancelled)
- NZ Rowing – MAADI Cup (Cancelled)
- NZSS Futsal Champs (Postponed)
- NZSS Volleyball Champs (Postponed)
- SISS Athletics (Cancelled)
- Nelson region Rugby suspended until 14 April
- All community Cricket cancelled for the rest of the season
- Local Volleyball competition suspended for the rest of Term 1
- All community Football and Futsal postponed until 2 May, all training suspended until 18 April or 2 week prior to start of the season
Where possible we will update the list of cancelled and postponed events on this page and the school calendar. Please refer directly to a sport or events’ governing body for specific information.
For further clarification please contact our Sports Co-ordinator Alethea Stove, email@example.com
School camps and overnight trips are at this stage still proceeding, in some cases in a modified manner.
Advice for Unwell Students
If your son is unwell, is it important he stays home and is not returned to school until any illness has passed for 48 hours, especially if he has had gastrointestinal issues. This is for all illnesses, not just specific to COVID-19.
The symptons of COVID-19 are:
- A cough
- A high temperature
- Shortness of breath
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19 as the symptoms are similar to other, more common, illnesses.
For more information please see:
The Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Education
Nelson College also continues to update its Pandemic Procedure as advice is received.
Anyone concerned is advised to contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453, their GP, or refer to the Ministry of Education website – http://www.education.govt.nz/school/health-safety-and-wellbeing/student-and-staff-health/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/