Returning to School Under Level 2 - Monday 18 May

Ngā mihi nui for your support of your tamariki and whanau, the school, and the community as we have been moving through this Lockdown period of time for Covid-19.  We have all been on a learning curve as we have made sense of and applied ourselves in these circumstances.  It has been great to see so many students meeting online with their teacher and teacher aide daily, as well as managing themselves to complete the tasks set.  Their resilience and open mindedness for learning is credit to them.  It is also a credit to you for stepping up and providing the support as a parent and teacher role in these very different times - well done.  Thank you also, to the many of you who took the time to feedback positively to our updates and approach to learning and supporting our tamariki during Covid Lockdown.

School re-opens for all students on Monday 18 May.  Below is an outline to the approach we will be taking as we attempt to resume some normality to everyday life.


  • School starts 8.35am for all students on site coming through the normal gate.  Staff will be out and about welcoming students.  We do ask that parents do not come on to the school site so we can reduce the contact tracing process.  All communication can be by phone or email.

  • Tukituki hub will be released to go home at 2.50pm, Huia 2.55pm, Rongokako 3pm.

  • Attendance and lateness will be monitored in our normal way.   

  • The full class timetable begins on Monday.  Rongokako will be at Sci-Tech-Arts for blocks 2 and 3, Huia on Tuesday and Tukituki on Wednesday.

  • Students will be spread around the school for eating breaks before being allowed out for the rest of the break.  More staff will be out on duty.  Staff will be monitoring the physical distance under the Ministry of Health Guidelines - out of the ‘moist breath’ zone, no touching, no sharing of food.

  • Students will be required to sanitise their hands when entering and exiting the building

  • Drinking fountains will be shut off so students will be required to bring their own drink bottles.  These can be filled up in class.

  • Lunchbar will be open and Lunchonline will be available.  Canteen will be closed at T3.

  • Phones to be handed in as per normal at the canteen before 8.35am

  • All school devices and chargers are to be returned to school on the first Monday.  No devices will be given out to students who forget the school issued device.

  • Learning programme is going to concentrate on reconnecting, re-establishing, health and hygiene.  Specific group learning will not be commencing immediately.

  • Sport and PE will return in some format to the timetable on Monday 25 May.  

  • Term 2 uniform states students to be in school socks (navy blue for the girls and navy blue with sky blue stripes for the boys) and plain black shoe (including the sole).  We do ask that all students are in the appropriate footwear before the end of May.  We do have a supply of Kids Can shoes.  Contact your child’s teacher if you would like a pair.

  • If your child shows any sign of illness, you are to contact the office and your child remains at home.

  • Time to get back into healthy routines for school.  No devices in bedrooms.  Off devices by 7.30pm at the absolute latest.  A decent 10 hours sleep - shutting eyes no later than 9pm.  Healthy breakfast, dressed, and ready to be in class by 8.35am.


I reiterate the message from the Prime Minister that “schools are safe environments for children” and “Distance learning is available for those unable to attend school, for example who are self-isolating.”  Our priority learning programme will be for those students attending school.  


There has been a lot of information shared about expectations from schools, community, and government.  I assure you that we are all trying to do our best to be part of the plan to eliminate the virus, and get life back to some form of normality.


As a staff, we are excited to be getting back into the swing of school life and very much looking forward to seeing your child, our students on Monday.


Ngā mihi nui


Michael Sisam

On behalf of the Heretaunga Intermediate School Board and Staff.


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