HEALTH INFORMATION- COVID-19

As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg a student, staff member or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform me and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you, via email, Facebook, our website and the school app.

If there is a case of someone in our school, we are likely to be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.

If our school does need to close temporarily, we have a plan in place to support students' learning through Google Classroom. We will provide alternative work for students unable to access digital work. This will be based on the list we have for whanau who have requested hard copies of information. Students can also access Google Classroom from their phones.

We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your daughter is safe here.

Good hygiene is a priority for us and we are reinforcing the need for thorough and frequent hand washing with all students and staff. We know that practising good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness.

We are receiving the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community.

If your daughter is feeling unwell, please keep her at home.

If you or your daughter has been told to self isolate by medical staff, please inform us as we are keeping a register. We will provide work for these students.

If you choose to keep your daughter at home but have not been directed to, please do not ask us to provide work for your daughter. As I am sure you will appreciate, staff are working hard to prepare for the possibility of a temporary closure, providing work for students who have been directed to self isolate as well as preparing lessons, teaching classes and assessing work.

If you have been directed to self isolate, please do not come and pick your daughter up from school as this puts everyone else at risk.

We all need to take responsibility to slow the path of this virus and prevent community transmission. To do that we need to practise good hygiene and social distancing and keep abreast with the latest developments through the Government website: www.covid19.govt.nz

Have a good weekend, wash your hands, cough into your sleeve, keep a distance from people, no hugging, kissing or hongi and stay safe and well.

Ngā mihi nui

Anne Cooper

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