Kia ora koutou, Talofa lava,
With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I wanted to keep you up-dated and informed with what is happening here at the college and to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.
* 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 through emails, our school app and our Facebook page.
* 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 have a plan in place to support student’s learning.
Our staff here at St Thomas’ already have their learning made available to your young men online through the Microsoft Teams app which your boys will be familiar with. This is already part of our current practice so if the requirement was to move to online learning from home, we feel this would be a smooth transition. We would also cater for those who do not have Wi-Fi at home.
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. Good hygiene is a priority at our 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 so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community.