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Covid-19: John Paul College Closure

Monday, March 23rd, 2020 in News.

Dear Parents/ Caregivers

Re:     Covid-19: John Paul College Closure

As you are aware, the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has decided to close all schools from tomorrow for four weeks.

This is the correct response to slow the progress of community transfer of the virus.

Your children are not required or permitted to be physically at school as from 23rd March 2020. The exception to this is if you are in an ‘essential industry’ such as emergency or medical service and you need your child at school for you to do your job. Please advise Sue Rowles at [email protected] if that is the case; staff will be here to teach them tomorrow, 24th March, only.  School will be completely closed from Wednesday 25th March 2020.

The Board and staff appreciate you will be concerned about your child’s ongoing education. Please note the following:

·       All teachers will still be available by email. The addresses are available on our website

·       Teachers have set up various learning platforms which students should be able to access through the internet

·       If your child does not have a device, contact Mrs Stewart on [email protected]

·       For students undertaking an NCEA programme, the learning should continue. We are awaiting advice from NZQA on assessments. Please don’t allow your children to stress about achieving NCEA. We will find a way!

It is essential for everyone’s safety and in the interest of beating Covid-19, that your children remain at home. They will be tempted to go out and mix socially with others. You must be kind but firm in your messaging with them.

The Pandemic Committee at JPC will be constantly monitoring the situation and will give you updates.

At this time of national crisis, we need to pull together, particularly for our children. Your children need to see and experience from you, love, positivity, resilience and calmness. I have asked the same from my staff!

Patrick Walsh

Principal