Kia ora, during the weekend there has been much media coverage on this topic.

You may be wondering what St Mary's Tauranga is doing to plan and prepare for an event like this. The Ministries of Education and Health have been providing excellent communications to school principals on this issue for the last few weeks.

We will follow the daily updates from the Ministry of Education and Health. The links are below, and our Pandemic Planning Policy on our School Docs site links directly to this information also.

Here is the current advice to us all:

Everybody should follow the following basic principles to reduce the risk of getting an acute respiratory infection or passing it on to others:

-regularly washing hands (for at least 20 seconds). We provide hospital quality hand sanitiser in classrooms and encourage students to use it.

-covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze.

-staying home if you are sick.

-avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

-if you feel unwell you should avoid public gatherings and events.

Here are two links for those who wish to read more.

Ministry of Education

http://www.education.govt.nz/…/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/…

 

Ministry of Health

https://www.health.govt.nz/…/dis…/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

 

Ngā mihi

James Murray

PRINCIPAL