Governors Bay School is a decile 10 state school, situated in the beautiful Lyttelton Harbour Basin. Just 15 minutes from Christchurch we look from our playground to the wider playground of the bush-clad Port Hills and the sparkling waters of the harbour.
15 February 2017
Dear Parents and Whanau,
We have continued to monitor events here in Governors Bay and liaised with a range of support services. As such we intend to re-open the school for students tomorrow morning, Thursday 16 February 2017.
We are very aware of the need for all students to be back in their familiar routines and environment and fully understand that school plays a critical role in this.
We are however mindful of the changeable nature of the current fire risks in our area. We have conducted a full risk assessment, in consultation with Andrew Norris – our local Rural Fire Chief and in reference to the most recent Health Warning released by the CDHB this afternoon. We have considered all variables that could change our current status of open and require us to enforce another emergency closure.
The key risks we have identified are:
Significant reduction in air quality, resulting in health risks for students and staff
Potential increase in the risk of fire in the school grounds and surrounding area.
The current open status of the school will be reviewed again tomorrow morning and any change will be emailed to parents and uploaded to the Community Facebook page no later than 7:30am.
We will continue to monitor our key risks throughout the day and should there be any change, further information will be communicated to you via email and the Community Facebook page.
We strongly advise you have a plan in place should circumstances change and we need to undertake an emergency closure again. We also recommend you discuss this plan with your child so they fully understand who would be collecting or looking after them should the need arise.
Our thoughts are with our fire-fighters and pilots battling with the fires and to everyone affected by this unprecedented event in our community.
Kindest regards and aroha nui,
Amanda Derry and Judy Cooke - on behalf of all the Governors Bay School Staff and School Board of Trustees