25 February 2022
Kia ora koutou, alofa lava, malo e lelei, kia orana, fakaalofa lahi atu, bula vinaka, namaste, greetings
You may well have seen in the news that the numbers of positive covid cases being seen in schools is increasing. Please don’t be alarmed by this. It is only natural as cases in our community increase, they will appear in our school. We have really good systems in place to manage this.
Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.
Symptoms of COVID-19
With Phase 3 of the Omicron response, the key change is that it is only confirmed cases and their household contacts who need to self-isolate. Everyone else, including those who may have had close contact with the case, but aren’t in the household, must continue to monitor closely for any symptoms of COVID-19.
If your child or anyone in your family is confirmed as having COVID-19 please get in touch with us as soon as you can - text, phone or email the school.
Transmission of COVID-19 is still most likely to happen in your home – so please keep doing all those good things to keep your whānau safe. Wash your hands, get lots of fresh air, cover any coughs and sneezes, clean surfaces regularly, and seek advice if anyone is not feeling well. And please wear a mask when you are out and about and if you come into the school grounds. There is information online to help your family prepare to isolate if you need to.
Finally, we know how hard the impacts on COVID-19 have been for many families in New Zealand. If you know of a family in your community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support: Help is available – COVID-19 Health Hub.
If you have any concerns about sending your child to school, please do get in touch. We are here to help.
Noho ora mai
If you have symptoms - get tested for COVID-19
If you test positive for COVID -19 - isolate for 10 days
If you live in the same house as someone who has tested positive - isolate for 10 days
Otherwise - come to school