Update: 15 September 2022

After careful consideration and consultation with our staff, we have decided to make mask wearing optional at school.  If you would like your child to continue wearing a mask while at school, please have this conversation with them at home.  We will support this as best we can.Thank you for your support with mask wearing, we appreciate the team effort to keep our community safe.

Kia noho haumaru

Term 2 2022 Update

We are looking forward to the start of Term 2 and seeing our students back at school.

Public health advice is that mask use continues to be strongly encouraged when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that your child (if they are Year 4+) continue to bring a mask to school every day and to wear a mask when they are indoors. The school has plenty of spare masks that we are happy to give to students to wear if need be. Children in the Junior School might wish to wear a mask too. We want to keep our staff and students safe and try and minimise the spread of Covid as much as possible.

We also ask that all visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are on school grounds. With the relaxing of restrictions, masked parents are now able to enter classrooms when necessary, however, we would appreciate you keeping this to a minimum.

We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick.

We are looking forward to getting air purifiers for our learning spaces. Five have already arrived at school and the remaining 24 were dispatched from the warehouse today and should be in classrooms by Wednesday.

A few other reminders:
School starts at 8.45 am for all students. There will not be staff at the gates in the morning and students will be permitted to come into school as they arrive. We do ask that you drop your child off at a reasonable time.
School finishes at 3.00 pm for all students except bus students who will leave their classrooms at 2.50 pm.
Students are to sanitise their hands as they come through the school gates
If your child is late to school they must report to the office before they go to class.
If your child needs to isolate because they have Covid they must isolate for 7 days, effectively 5 days of school. There will no longer be a Home Learning programme offered to students who are absent. Children should just focus on getting well.
Winter uniform is to be worn. We do appreciate that some uniform items are unavailable at the moment.

We hope everyone has had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Monday.

Ngā mihi,

David Macmillan

Covid Cases at School

The number of people at our school who have tested positive is advised on a daily basis, via our School App.

Please note that some of those testing positive have been in isolation prior to testing positive.

Please monitor your child/ren for symptoms and get them tested if displaying symptoms.

What are the isolation requirements if you or a family member has covid?

Cases of COVID-19

Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for seven days.

Day 0 is the day symptoms began or the day the test was taken (whichever came first). Cases will isolate for a full seven days and are free to return to normal activities on Day 8, if they are not symptomatic.

Evidence also shows that the risk of re-infection within the first three months after someone has had Omicron is very low. For this reason, recovered cases will no longer need to isolate again if they become a household contact within 90 days of having the virus.

Household contacts

Household contacts are required to isolate for the same seven days as the case.

They can return to their normal activities on the same day as the first case in their household, so long as all test results have been negative, and they are not symptomatic.

Household contacts should continue to self-monitor for symptoms up to Day 10.

Household contacts will be required to take a self-administered rapid antigen test (RAT) on Day 3 and Day 7 of the case’s isolation period.

If symptoms develop at any time during isolation:
the usual advice remains in place to undertake an additional RAT

If the test is negative and symptoms persist or worsen, test again 48 hours after that negative test.
If symptoms resolve there is no need for a further test until the required Day 7 test. If this is negative, they can return to daily life on Day 8.
If a household contact has new symptoms on the day of release they should undertake an additional RAT and stay at home while unwell. If that test is negative and symptoms persist or worsen, test again after 48 hours. If symptoms resolve, there is no need for a further test.

If a household contact has finished their period of isolation they do not need to return to isolation if a new case is identified in their household. However, this only applies for a period of seven days following their leaving isolation.

Should a new household member be confirmed as a case eight or more days after the household contact has left isolation, then they must start a new period of self-isolation for seven days.

Caring for a child with Covid

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Caring for a child with Covid

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