COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Due to all the changing information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Opunake High School has set this webpage up for our school community.
This page will contain all the latest updates and news relating to Opunake High School as a resource you can check in on regularly.
If you have any doubts at all, please contact our school office.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | Message to the Opunake Community, 27-Mar

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 Opunake High School staff and Board of Trustees will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the next weeks.

The government has announced that the school holidays have been brought forward and will now start on Monday 30th March and runs until Tuesday 14th April.

Our focus as a school is currently to support all whanau to support each other and adjust to our new way of being. You may already have started online learning with your teachers and please continue this until the end of Friday 27th March when the holidays start. Our ‘Learning @ Home’ programme (teachers working offsite and online) will therefore resume on Wednesday 15th April as we will continue to be in Level 4 COVID-19 of self isolation.

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.

There are links below to more wellbeing information to support your whanau 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.

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

Information and resources to support wellbeing and support learning at home

We will continue to keep you updated and advised as we adjust to this period of change.

Stay home, be kind, keep safe, be patient and look after each other.

Regards,
Peter O’Leary, Principal

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | School Closure UPDATE 24-Mar

Kia-ora whanau

Our primary concern is the health and well-being of Opunake High School’s students and staff as well as those in the wider Opunake High School community. As you know, this situation is requiring us all to think and act in new ways, every day. We are actively following the information and advice being provided by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education with regard to the Coronavirus – COVID 19.

The School will be closed as of 5.30pm today. All staff and students are expected to remain at home in self isolation.

The exception to this is for parents who are in essential services roles; the school will be open for your children tomorrow. If this is needed email the office admin@opunake.school.nz

The school will be completely closed from Tuesday 24th March, 3:15pm.

Opunake High School will be further in touch with our Learning @ Home Response in the next 24-48 hours.

Remember to be kind and be patient.
Regards,
Mr O’Leary

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | 23-March

Kia ora whanau,
Attached is the latest update for everyone on our plans as we head into the next week at Opunake High School within
the context of this rapidly changing national and international situation.
Our primary concern is the health and well-being of Opunake High School’s students and staff as well as those in the wider Opunake High School community.

Please read the attached images below. This newsletter is also being distributed via our School App and email.

Stay safe.
Nga mihi.

 

Learning @ Home Trial | Friday 27th March

The Ministry of Education has signalled that in some circumstances it may be necessary for schools to close. For example, if a student or staff member is confirmed with COVID-19, the Ministry of Health may close a school for up to 72 hours, to undertake tracking and tracing of close contacts. We need to be prepared for this. On Friday 27th March we intend to run a ‘Learning @ Home’ Trial Day.  On this day we will be requesting that all students and staff work from home. Students will be provided with information about how this will work, including what platforms teachers will be using to connect with students. Information on how you can support your students adapting to this online learning environment, is provided on the parent help sheet (link to the right)

If you are unable to provide appropriate supervision for your student on Friday (especially for those under 14), we will have supervision available at school provided by the Senior Leadership Team.  Please email admin@opunake.school.nz if you require our team to provide supervision for your student on Friday

Internet & Computer Access

We are committed to supporting all students with their learning. Whanau mentors have been asking students about their ability to access online resources off campus, but please contact your student’s whanau mentor or the school office if your student does not have access to the internet at home.

Learning @ Home

Learning @ Home

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | School Closure 23-March

Kia-ora whanau

Our primary concern is the health and well-being of Opunake High School’s students and staff as well as those in the wider Opunake High School community. As you know, this situation is requiring us all to think and act in new ways, every day. We are actively following the information and advice being provided by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education with regard to the Coronavirus – COVID 19.

The School will be closed as of 5.30pm today. All staff and students are expected to remain at home in self isolation.

The exception to this is for parents who are in essential services roles; the school will be open for your children tomorrow. If this is needed email the office admin@opunake.school.nz

The school will be completely closed from Tuesday 24th March, 3:15pm.

Opunake High School will be further in touch with our Learning @ Home Response in the next 24-48 hours.

Remember to be kind and be patient.
Regards,
Mr O’Leary

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | 19-March

Thank you for your continued support of the school and our students during this extraordinary time as we all come to terms of the implications of COVID-19.
As this is a constantly evolving situation, there will be regular updates, so please read the attached newsletter for the most up to date information about the actions we are taking as a school to ensure the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and wider school community.
Nga mihi

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | 16-March

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) UPDATE.

Kia ora whanau. Today Mr O’Leary addressed the students & staff with the latest information he could on COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

A letter and additional information was sent home with all students today.
Below is the opening contents of this letter, with the images attached including additional information on staying as well as possible.

Re. COVID-19 (Corona virus)

Kia ora,
As information is supplied to us from the Ministry of Education, we believe it is important to pass it on to you. As you are aware, in relation to COVID-19 we take our lead from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and local Medical Officers. What is happening with Covid-19 is changing daily, our aim is to be vigilant to ensure the safety of everyone.

We are very much in the phase of “KEEP IT OUT”. Although our focus is on COVID-19, the information given throughout this newsletter is useful to protect us all from influenza as we head into the winter months. Prevention, education, and information remain a priority for us. Our students, our staff and us as a community have a very large role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 through:
• Awareness – know the symptoms and where to get good information
• Vigilance – stay away if you are ill
• Good hygiene – hand washing and drying, good cough and sneeze etiquette will all help prevent spread of a range of ills as we move into cold and flu season

Stay safe everyone.
Please stay tuned to our social media and school app for information as req’d

Nga mihi.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | 10-March

IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION.

With cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) seemingly spreading, we’d like to take the opportunity to provide some information and advice on this virus.
Please read the attached letter from Principal Mr O’Leary.

Also please take the following preventative steps as often as possible:
• wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry thoroughly
• 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.

Nga mihi.

Useful Resources

Ministry of Health Daily Updates