Staying safe at school during Level 2

We are under Alert Level 2 Covid restrictions as of 6am Sunday 28 February 2021.

All classes, including After 3 classes and classes held at the Hagley Champion St site, are running as usual.

Face coverings are not required at school. Students are required to wear face coverings on public transport. Students and staff may of course choose to wear face coverings.

Our key messages at Hagley about staying safe are identical to those we applied two weeks ago and in 2020 when under Level 2.

We’re asking everyone – staff and students – to be responsible for safe hygiene practices at school and travelling to and from school. We all need to see safety as a package of practices, not just one thing.

The first practice is about safe attendance: only students and staff who are well should be at Hagley. Do not attend if you are unwell, have any COVID-19 symptoms, or are awaiting the result of a Covid test. We’ll be monitoring this closely at the beginning of the school day and at the start of classes.

The practices during the school day we’re asking everyone to use are:

• using hand sanitiser and wipes regularly throughout the school day, particularly when finishing with shared equipment, or when entering or leaving a classroom.

• following other good hygiene practices (coughing into your elbow, handwashing for at least 20 seconds and drying)

• using contactless greetings such as a smile and a wave.

• staying out of the ‘breath zone’ of others both during class time and breaks.

Where possible, larger distance between students is advised. There doesn’t need to be a specific measurement, but where practicable 1 metre can be used as a guide, particularly between adults. In a school setting, there’ll be some situations where this distance isn’t possible both for adolescents and adults. That’s why we’re all using the range of practices listed here to stay safe.

Hagley will take extra steps as well to support what everyone is doing individually. Extra cleaning is happening during the school day to clean toilets and other shared spaces, including table surfaces, hand rails and door handles. Contact tracing will be available via our school attendance system, should the need arise. All visitors to the school are required to sign in.

The café will be open. Duty staff will be monitoring queuing and numbers in the café.

Outdoor equipment, sports equipment use and sports, including contact sports, remain available at Alert Level 2.

Ngā mihi
Mike Fowler
Hagley College