Updated Information regarding Covid -19 Virus

All schools are receiving daily updates from our Ministry of Education office and we are acting on all advice and guidance given to the school.  In a school setting it is important to ensure that our children understand the need to remain calm but careful and with this we need your support in the following areas:

  • Hand washing is essential! Teach your children how to wash their hands like a pro. We have been focusing on this at school and teaching children how to do it properly (taking 20 seconds). It is especially important to wash hands before eating.

  • It is important to remember that we are soon to be going through a change of season...into cold and flu season. Please use your good common sense with coughs and colds. As always, if your child is feeling unwell please keep them home. Teach them how to use and throw away tissues correctly and to cough into their elbows which is ‘good practice’ at any time.

  • Hate, fear and racism – please help us remind children that this is not an illness from any particular country, no matter where scientists first found it. The outbreak is not anyone’s fault. When the outbreak is finally over, hate, fear and racism remain. Please discuss these issues with your children and let your children know to tell a teacher if they hear comments of this nature anywhere at school.

  • Please remind your children that New Zealand is a safe place. Encourage them to play outside and do activities that they normally do until otherwise informed.

With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.

  • 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 about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you

  • If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely 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 student’s learning.

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 children are safe here.

Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practicing good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness.
We are getting 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.  

Kind Regards

Mark Keenan