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by Marinda van Vuuren - Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 2:56 PM

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Three new confirmed cases were announced on the weekend taking the total confirmed cases for New Zealand to eight. We have been advised these cases are not connected with any schools or early learning services and they are doing well and two are self-isolating at home/hotel with one being treated in hospital.

Prime Minister Announcement
On 14 March, the Prime Minister has announced new and strong protective measures to keep individuals, families and communities safe and healthy. The measures come into effect from 1.00 am Monday, 16 March 2020, and are as follows:

  • Travel restrictions remain in place for people arriving from or who have been in mainland China and Iran over the prior 14 days (Category 1A).
  • In addition, all travellers coming from all parts of the world, except parts of the Pacific, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in New Zealand. This also includes Australia and French Polynesia. This self-isolation requirement applies to New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and their families (Category 1B).
  • All travellers coming from the following parts of the Pacific will be required to self-isolate if they show symptoms, within 14 days of arrival. This includes all Pacific Islands Forum members (except French Polynesia, Category 1B), Associate Member Tokelau, and Observer Wallis and Futuna (Category 2).

Those in New Zealand thinking about travelling overseas, should avoid all non-essential travel at this time. For anyone who arrived into New Zealand prior to this time they will need to follow the previous restrictions. The self-isolation requirement would therefore only apply to those arriving on Sunday 15 March and earlier, if they had travelled in or transited through China and Iran or had travelled in the Republic of Korea or Italy.

Our school staff and leadership remain well prepared for the possibility there might be a case in our community. If that were to occur, we are confident we can put our plans in place and know we will be supported by Regional Health Authorities and the Ministry of Education.

As a school we are doing a number of things:

  • Educative messages
  • Ensuring that we are prepared if students need to continue their learning if we are closed; we have Schoology as our Learning management system
  • Enhancing cleaning routines
  • Controlling the need to have large gatherings

I am sure you are all keen to do what you can to prevent risk of infection. The best preventative steps are:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry thoroughly
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments
  • Stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the rubbish
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system

We ask that students stay away from school if unwell. Students should be at school if they are healthy.

The COVID-19 symptoms are a fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. If anyone has these symptoms and has recently been to a country or area of concern or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, please encourage them to contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 (or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or their doctor immediately.

Ngā mihi

Andrea Griffin
Associate Principal