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Covid-19 Update

18 March 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Please read the information below which is also on our website. As a school, the health and wellbeing of our community is the focus of all of our decisions. With the full support of the Board of Trustees we are taking the following actions to do our part to reduce the threat of transmission of Covid-19. The school remains open and will do so until we receive direction from the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Education to close. Someone in the school becoming infected will be the catalyst for this, so we need to do all we can to minimise the possibility of this happening.

Communication will be through email, school website, school Facebook pages and the School App. Any member of the school community who is unwell must not come to school. This is even if you believe it is a common cold. Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms must ring Health line on 0800 358 5453 or contact their GP by phone first. If a child becomes ill at school parents will be asked to collect them. Any member of the school community who returns from overseas or has been in close contact with a confirmed Covid-19 must follow Ministry of Health guidelines about self-isolation. The school community must practice strong hygiene practices with regards to hand washing and coughing etiquette.

Sports trips and events will follow the advice of the Ministry and will follow the direction that organisations take to either run or postpone events. Summer tournament week will not go ahead for any of our planned trips (basketball, rowing, softball, futsal). Again, please refer to our school sports Facebook page for sports updates.

School assemblies will not occur for the remainder of the term. However, Shave for a Cure will still go ahead behind closed doors on Monday, and will go live on our Facebook page around 9:30 am.

Finally, we all need to do all we can to stop the spread of this virus. If any member of the school community is showing signs of illness such as coughs and colds, they need to stay away from school. Colds and flu are common in schools and by staying away, seeking medical attention and practicing good hygiene we can keep any spread of illness to a minimum.

As a school, with the support of the Board of Trustees, we will continue to follow the advice provided by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.

Many thanks.

Steve Hart