I want to thank our College community for your continued cooperation and understanding during these challenging times. I hope you have had an opportunity to digest the information I sent via email last night. I appreciate that there has been a lot of information to take in and that this continues to be a difficult time. The swiftness of the Government’s decision has undoubtedly caught many people by surprise. While your focus will undoubtedly be on preparations for lockdown and on the wellbeing of your family, please take time to ensure you are taking care of yourself in the process.
We feel confident from a structural point of view that our students will be well catered for when the time comes for remote learning. It seems prudent, however, to reach out once more to ensure we have widespread coverage of devices across our families.
In my emails dated 12th March & dated 18th March, I sought feedback from families who do not have the internet at home and/or do not have access to a device for their child(ren) to facilitate remote learning. Our Deans have also sought to identify students in this vein. We are confident from the responses to my emails and the work of the Deans that we have excellent coverage but wanted to reach out once more. If your child(ren) do not have access to a device, please contact us urgently so we can prepare a loan device which will be available for pick up before the College closes tomorrow. We understand that during this time, our families may need to share devices, and that is to be expected. Our priority is to our community members who do not have a device to facilitate remote learning for their child(ren).
Concerning the internet at home, we understand that the Ministry of Education is working to ensure equity across New Zealand as all schools need to employ distance learning. I ask that if you do not have the internet at home, and this cannot be arranged, that you make us aware of this so that we can provide these details to the Ministry of Education in due course.
I ask that contact regarding these two matters is made to Mr Kennedy, Deputy Principal, by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours in Christ
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