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Newsletter Tuesday 21 April

He mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa - warm greetings to all.

As we are moving to Alert Level 3, school is able to open from April 28th in a limited capacity for children whose parents need to physically return to work. We are asking all our families to please fill out this form as soon as possible so we are able to plan for our children and teachers who will be returning to school. School is not open for 'business as usual' and it will look different to what the children are used to. Those at school will be carrying on with their remote learning plans and be following the same programmes as those who are learning from home. Kathryn has included more detail on what school will be like in her principal's blog. If you are considering sending your children to school please do read this so you know what to expect.

We are not taking April 28th as a Teacher Only Day (which is what the Ministry of Education has suggested schools do to get prepared to reopen). We are already pretty much set up to reopen in a limited capacity due to how we were operating before we went into lockdown.

As most of our children will be staying at home during Alert Level 3, we have been thinking about how we can make it easier for our families. We are going to put together art packs that can be taken home and offer 15 minute library slots for any children who would like to get new books. This will start from April 28th and families will need to book in times to come to school and collect art packs and visit the library. We will let you know closer to the time how to do this.

Finally, a massive thank you to our wonderful school community for all your support as we navigate this unusual territory. Hopefully you are finding that living life in track pants has its advantages and it's not all a juggle struggle!

Ngā mihi

Sarah Taylor
Deputy Principal
Ridgway School

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