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HOW WILL THE CORONAVIRUS AFFECT MY APPEAL?
In common with all organisations we are following the advice of the Government’s medical advisors. Panel members are trained volunteers and many are seniors; we would not like to put them or you at unnecessary risk.
However, we would not wish to leave vulnerable parents not knowing which school their children will be attending in September 2020. Some organisations and Councils may postpone appeals; that is not an option we would like to take unless absolutely necessary.
Te Government have published new guidance to give panels additional powers to meet virtually on line or by telephone or to hear the appeals using only the paperwork submitted by parents. We would prefer to use the virtual meeting route.
Normally, there is one stage 1 hearing where all parents are invited to attend a large gathering in person. This will not be possible.
Instead, we propose to hold the stage 1 hearing by video streaming. You will be able to see the stage 1 hearing on your home computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. After the school has presented their case, the Panel Chair will invite questions from the panel and will then ask parents to submit questions via an on-screen chat box. You will be able to hear the questions read by the Chair and the answers given by the school. It is your choice if you want to ask a question about the school’s case. Do remember that you do not talk about your own family at stage 1 – this is just questions about the school’s case. A copy of the school’s case will be posted or emailed to you before the hearing.
We would suggest that you download ‘Zoom for Cloud’ now from either the Apple or Goggle stores onto your smart phone or tablet. Or view www.zoom.us on your desktop or laptop computer. Registration and use of this program is free if connected to the internet. In both cases, follow the instructions to register to join a meeting. Further instructions will be sent with your letter of invitation and this may be sent by e mail.
The panels have decided that they will only hold the stage 1 hearing once and this will be by virtual conference link.
Stage 2, where parents present their case will also be heard using the same method. Your letter of invitation which you should receive about 2 weeks before your hearing will give you further details.
For a short video on how to join a meeting using your smart phone click on this link https://youtu.be/sa3N0enOV5k
Please check this website for updates.
UPDATED 15 April 2020