Kia ora koutou

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 received some of these updates last tonight from the MOE.

We have been planning for different actions and we are in a position to respond quickly should we be asked to.

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. Most likely a text message via our school student management system or via email.

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 will have a plan in place to support student’s learning at home. The government is also working to support this. Some of you will have seen this in the news.

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 and we are trying to take all of the practical steps we can for both your children and our staff.

Good hygiene is a priority at 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 from the MOE so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community.

Stay strong and together we will get through this.

Kia Kaha
James Murray