Coronavirus update 18/3/20


Covid 19 Update, 18 March 2020

Dear parents,

With news coming in constantly and updates from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health, we want to assure you that we are continuing to monitor and review the situation daily and will keep you informed of any changes.

Our teachers are currently developing a programme of online learning for our students and, while there are no imminent plans to close the school, we are fully prepared for that possibility. Please help us prepare further by completing the following very brief questionnaire

We will continue to focus on prevention of spread through hygiene practices as recommended by the Ministry of Health.

Staff and students need to stay home if they are unwell in any way. If children have flu-like symptoms we encourage you to seek medical advice by first phoning Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or phone ahead to your GP before a visit. In this event, please notify the school of your child’s absence.

Physical Distancing

We will not be holding any assemblies or whole school gatherings for the rest of this term.
Personal hygiene, and reducing unnecessary physical contact (eg. hugs, handshakes, hongi) are still the most important things to do to stop the spread of any virus.

Please note that we are encouraging use of the term “physical distancing” rather than “social distancing”. Maintaining social connection is as important as ever to people’s wellbeing during this time, if not more so. If you have students who are required to self-isolate, you could encourage their peers to maintain social contact with them through phone calls, email, pen-pal letters, video calls, or age-appropriate social media.

Reminder – Who needs to self-isolate?

The Government announcement at the weekend requires anyone who has arrived from overseas after 1am on Monday 16 March to self-isolate for 14 days, and to register with Healthline (0800 358 5453). The exception is people arriving from specified Pacific countries (“Category 2” countries as listed here), who do not need to self-isolate if they are not unwell.

People who arrived from overseas before 1am on Monday 16 March are not required to self-isolate, unless they have travelled from South Korea or Iran. Travellers from those countries need to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their departure and register with Healthline.

People living in the same house as travellers that are required to self-isolate, need to minimise contact with them (avoiding being closer than 2 metres apart for more than 15 minutes). However, they are not required to self-isolate themselves.

We know that some of you will have concerns about your children attending school at the moment, some of which may be due to what is seen in the media about other countries. However, students who are not unwell should continue to attend school.

In New Zealand we still have no community transmission. Consequently, any decisions about school closures will be made on a case by case basis. In the meantime, it is business as usual.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me directly

Ngā mihi
Jane Penney