Urgent Communication
Mar 23, 2020

Kia ora koutou, 

Parents will be aware that the Prime Minister has announced we are at Level 3 effective immediately

Within 48 hours the country will be moving to Level 4.  The government has announced that schools are to close from tomorrow Tuesday 24th March.  We will be open for the children of parents who are engaged in essential services and the list of these services will be published as soon as this is through to us.

From midnight Wednesday the school will be closed entirely as the country moves to level 4 this week. The country will remain at this level of working for the next four weeks. The lock down may be extended for longer if the virus is not properly under control.

Question:  what does this mean for you and your family?

On Tuesday 24th March your children will need to remain at home unless parents are engaged in essential services. Young people must behave responsibly and be in your care at home. They must not be out and about in the community.  

While they are at home students should  continue with school work using our online platforms for their lessons.  The school will provide work through google classrooms, Hapara and Education Perfect.  Teachers will stay in contact with students through Google hangout and emails.  If your household does not have access to a device or internet please contact the school on enquiries@aotea.school.nz or by phone 2373166. 

There will be updates daily to help parents and students navigate their ways through these alternative ways of working and more information will be sent out at the end of today.  

We need everyone to be supporting each other and the wider community in the coming days  and rely heavily on your support and cooperation.  If you have health questions please refer to the COVID 19 website.   I hope everyone will work together over the coming days to keep safe and well and get ahead of this  challenge.

Please read your emails, Facebook and  website messages regularly for further updates.

Thank you and take care.


Nga mihi nui

Kate Gainsford