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Thank you all for following the rules of lock down. Doing so keeps us all safe.
We have now seen how quickly the DELTA variant spreads, so the better we are at staying in our bubbles the quicker we will be able to get this under control again.
Please keep checking the Ministry of Health locations of interest page and get tested if you were at that location at the specified time, or if you have symptoms which could be COVID-19.
The emerging cases and associated places of interest are monitored by our BLENNZ teams.
Please be assured that we would make contact should we be advised that there is a need for follow up.
You can find more useful information on the following link Ministry of Health COVID 19 Advice.
For our Pacific families, if you are not aware the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples in nine different languages. Access Translated Covid 19 Information on the Ministry for Pacific Peoples website.
Information for migrant communities: Golden rules for Alert Level 4
The Ministry for Ethnic Communities | Te Tari Mātāwaka has just released some videos in different languages about the ‘Golden rules for Level 4’.
This is a stressful time, and can be more so if you have a child at home who has additional health needs. We hope you and your whānau are doing OK at the moment – but it is also OK if you aren’t.
As the Mental Health Foundation of NZ says, “it’s all right to feel a range of emotions right now. Going into a Level 4 lockdown is a big deal and it brings all sorts of different feelings to the surface, including frustration, worry and even gratitude. However you are feeling, know that you’re not alone – we’re all going through this together.”
If you need to talk, check in with a friend or whānau member, or free call/text 1737 to chat with a trained counsellor. It’s free and confidential. There are also a lot of other supports available to you, your whānau and your community if needed. You can find more information on the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand Facebook page.
You will also understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring and promote health and physical wellbeing.
I want to reassure you that our BLENNZ staff and board will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the coming days.
BLENNZ Access to Distance Learning during Level 4:
The adjustment to distance learning can throw up some challenges. The first priority is checking in with you and your child. Wellbeing is the priority, then learning can follow. Teams are making contact with their respective whānau and ākonga, they will start with those that they have the most contact with, where we may be the specialist teacher.
If you have concerns about your child’s access to learning please make contact with BLENNZ:
Visual Resource Centres
- You can find contact information for your local Visual Resource Centre at Contact Us – BLENNZ website.
Homai Campus School
- Learning at a distance is in place for ākonga attending Homai Campus School. Further contact information is available at BLENNZ Homai School – BLENNZ website.
- Residential Service Programmes are being provided at a distance during lockdown.
- For more information contact our Coordinator Residential.
Early Learning Service
- Early Learning Services are being provided at a distance during lockdown during Alert Level 4.
- Support is available via your Resource Teacher Vision through your local Visual Resource Centre.
- For more information about national services contact our Coordinator BLENNZ Early Learning Service.
National Assessment Service
- National Assessments and regional visits are not taking place during Alert Level 4.
- For more information contact our Coordinator National Assessment Service.
Please let us know if there is anything you need to support you and your tamariki during this time. Our teams will do their best to support you or connect you with services that can.
Your teaching team will be better able to provide personalised support however some general information that may be of use to you can be found on the following links:
Info hub for Pasifika parents during lockdown – Education Website.
Kia orana, Noa’ia, Talofa lava, Mauri, Mālō e lelei, Tālofa, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atua and Mālō ni, the Ministry of Education has created an online info hub for Pasifika parents, families and communities to support learning during Alert Level 4.
- Access to food or essential items – Unite against COVID-19 Factsheet (PDF 78.2KB)
- Access to food or essential items – Unite against COVID-19 Factsheet (Word 22.7KB)