Revised guidance on testing for COVID-19

Dear Parents/Caregivers

The Ministry of Education has shared updated information regarding revised guidance on testing  for COVID-19. You can read about the revised guidelines below.
As a school we  continue to maintain our good hygiene measures such as regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces and washing of hands. 

We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that. As always during school hours please ensure you go to the school office and not directly to your child’s class. 

It is still very important that if your child/ren are well they stay at home. Thank you for your support with this as we move into the winter months. 

Ministry of Education Update:

At a time where there are increasing numbers of colds and other winter illnesses, the Ministry of Health has revised its guidance on who might need testing for COVID-19. It is important to note that there is currently no known community transmission of COVID-19 in New Zealand. The vast majority of adults, children and young people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will not have COVID-19.
 
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include new onset or worsening of one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Temporary loss of smell

Health’s information on who should get tested notes that people with any of the COVID-19 symptoms who are close contacts of confirmed cases, have recently travelled overseas, or been in contact with recent travellers, should get assessed.
 
If anyone has symptoms but is unsure if they have been exposed to COVID-19, they should ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their GP for advice. Over winter there are many other viruses about that can cause people to feel unwell and have symptoms similar to those of COVID-19.
 
Some people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 may be tested as part of Health’s ongoing surveillance to ensure that there is no community transmission in New Zealand. If they are not close contacts of confirmed cases, have not recently travelled overseas, or have not been in contact with recent travellers, then there is no need for them to self-isolate while awaiting the test result, and they can return to school or early learning once they are feeling well or on the advice of their health practitioner.
 
If not recommended for testing, they will be able to return to school or their early learning service when they are feeling well and no longer displaying symptoms.
 
Further information about testing can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

He waka eke noa – We are all in this together

Kind Regards
 

Mark Keenan
Principal