NZAIMS UPDATE April 22

By NZAIMS inc | Posted: Tuesday April 21, 2020

This morning the NELP ( National Education Leaders Group) had a Zoom meeting attended by Jacinda Adern PM and Chris Hipkins Education Minister. Both asked us to pass on their sincere congratulations and thanks to the sector saying, "it has been remarkable about what has happened in education, the speed with which we have successfully moved to remote learning. They are aware of how the inequities across the system have become very evident and intent to continuing addressing these, both digital learning, Mental Health and Well Being."


Morena Colleagues.

I hope all is going well as you prepare for Level 3 re-entry to school.

I have reasonable regular Zoom meetings with the MOE and sector leaders and so am just going to share some of the information. I appreciate this may be a double-up from what is in the Bulletins, and apologise in advance but they are practical important points.

This morning the NELP ( National Education Leaders Group) had a Zoom meeting attended by Jacinda Adern PM and Chris Hipkins Education Minister. Both asked us to pass on their sincere congratulations and thanks to the sector saying, "it has been remarkable about what has happened in education, the speed with which we have successfully moved to remote learning. They are aware of how the inequities across the system have become very evident and intent to continuing addressing these, both digital learning, Mental Health and Well Being."

They appreciate there is natural anxiety about exiting our safe environment but say we are in the best position to do this and hope that with all the messaging our school numbers will be small, especially at the outset.

More practical information is as follows:

-Students are to be placed in bubbles of no more than 10 students. It is suggested that you may start with 7 or 8 so that you have space for any student that arrives. ( We have all asked our communities to inform us of numbers but we can not turn away any student who is on our role).

-These students must work in the same room, at the same desk for their time at school; in the same bubble for all of Level 3. They must stay within their bubble during break times. In the classroom, there must be a one-metre distance between all and in the playground 2 metres. This will mean close supervision for the entire time they are on site. There is to be no sharing of equipment between bubbles.

-Teachers can move around bubbles as long as they practise hand washing and social distancing.

-Teacher Aides may be used for supervision – especially if you have your students continuing with their online learning, as many of us intend to do. Some are looking at having a TA and teacher attached to each bubble to allow individual break times.

-There is an MOE bulleting on workforce usage.

-If possible, each bubble of students should have access to separate toilet facilities.

-It is not envisaged that all staff need to be on-site but your site is open and if you have teachers who wish to deliver their online learning from there that is ok.

-Playgrounds could be used but they would need to hand wash as they enter and leave so most at the meeting decided it is easier to keep them closed.

-Staff need to be available to be on-site unless their health or circumstances meet one of the three exceptions.

- Rostering staff for supervision will allow them the time to continue with delivering their home learning. This could be morning/afternoon or whole days depending on your staff numbers and how many bubbles you are managing. Information I have from Intermediates to date indications they expect relatively small student numbers.

-If you have staffing shortages or concerns please contact your local MOE office.

- Be aware that it is possible our student numbers will increase in the second week of Level 3 so it is suggested you survey your community weekly.

Attached is the survey and information letter we sent to our community- probably too late to be of use.

Please be in contact if you have questions or just wish to discuss options. We are happy to help, where we can.

Ka Kite ano

Sharon Keen

NZAIMS PRESIDENT


Casebrook Intermediate Community Information Survey  This is a sample for schools to modify to their specific needs please note, dates, links and addresses will require your school’s specific information.


Shared CHALLENGE from Kirkwood Technology centre. 

"Here is the week 2 technology challenge. Click on Darth Vaida who will explain the challenge. There is also a message from me with hints for research. Ms Waters will upload your photos or video to our site.