LCŌ and Ministry of Education update #8 on COVID-19

Status of tomorrow: let’s give ourselves a breather

Kia ora koutou. Talofa. Kia Orana. Malo e lelei. Bula. Fakaalofa atu. Namaste and Kumusta. Greetings to our LCŌ Community.

Further to this afternoon’s update #7, school is closed from tomorrow except for children of essential service workers. I got my first reading of this afternoon’s information wrong thinking the essential service workers exception was just for tomorrow. [See link below.] It is in fact for tomorrow and Wednesday. Therefore I will be at school both days to supervise any students who are in this category. Please contact me if you will be sending your child to LCŌ through this category:   And in a move that doesn’t surprise me at all, or anyone who knows the LCŌ community, numerous staff have contacted me offering to assist if required. 

A list of essential businesses can be found here

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has now had a chance to update their website as to what the Prime Minister’s announcement means in practice for schools. In short, the school holidays are being brought forward. From the MOE website:

School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week period [of Alert Level 4]. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools).

At the end of the school holidays, schools will be open for distance learning but not physically open for staff to work at the schools.

Please note the instruction to stay home (Alert Level 4) will continue beyond the new school holiday period but schools will be technically open for distance instruction. Teachers will be working offsite. 

Tomorrow afternoon we will be putting out the first of our information about online learning and the “online school day”. Learning in itself is good as the routine and shape that a day with learning purpose has.

However, in terms of learning activity for tomorrow, I suggest the opposite and that we give tomorrow to ourselves as a breather. Reflect. Regroup. A day to calm and, as much as possible, to be with whānau. And by heavens we all certainly deserve it. 

I feel so honoured to be in education and to be at LCŌ, thank you everyone, as we are all support one another through these extraordinary times. Nāku te rourou nāu te rourou ka ora ai te iwi. With your basket and my basket the people will live. Community and collaboration  are all.

The next communication will be tomorrow afternoon and will be about online learning.

Ngā mihi

Richard Edmundson