Term 2 Community Update April 16 2020

Term 2 Community Update April 16 2020
In the Government briefing today, the Prime Minister shared further guidelines for COVID Alert Level 3.  This included more details for early learning centres and educational facilities such as Berkley.  
Under Alert Level 3, people are instructed to stay home in their bubble other than for essential personal movement.  
It will be safe for schools to open for students if their parents need to return to work, or if the student cannot learn at a distance, but schools will have limited capacity.   Whilst schools are open, the goal is to have fewer students on the grounds and therefore any student who can work from home is asked to remain at home and learn via distance at this time.  
Anyone who is over 70, pregnant, or with underlying health conditions such as serious respiratory disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, are immunocompromised, obese, diabetic, have kidney disease or are undergoing dialysis or have liver disease, should stay at home also.  
We are currently working through what a move to Alert Level 3 will look like at Berkley, and will be in the position to share more details with you as soon as these are made available to us by the NZ Ministry of Education. To help us prepare for this, we are asking all parents and caregivers to complete our attendance survey here.  This will let us know if your child will be attending school under Alert Level 3 and allow us to ensure that we have the appropriate staffing.  
The Government has indicated that they will be ready to announce any change to the Alert level on Monday 20 April.  I will be in contact again once this announcement has been made.   In the meantime you can find out more information about the guidelines for the level 3 alert at the COVID 19 website www.covid19.govt.nz.  
Nga mihi, Nathan Leith. PRINCIPAL

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