Sept. 14, 2021, 5:19 p.m.
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tūtūtarakihi has returned to school under Alert Level 2 restrictions. Safety measures have been put in place and the kura has discussed these with whānau.
Kaiako, Wikatana Popata says, "The most important thing was to communicate with our parents so that the kids could return safely."
The kura is an enviro-school and is centered around te taiao which has been incorporated into their Level 2 reopening plan.
Teachers decided as an added measure there would be no excursions to town or to public places, instead visiting natural spaces like the beach and forest.
Tūtūtarakihi was granted full kura kaupapa status in August 2021, this was announced when the country went into COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown. After almost a month of distance learning, students are eager to get back to school.
Kaiako, Janelle Popata says, "It's important to our whānau that their kids return to kura so that we can continue with the teachings of Te Aho Matua and the environment."
Some of the staff have received the Pfizer vaccine to minimise the risk of COVID-19 and some are still considering it. Popata adds, "The safety of our tamariki and whānau is our priority."
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