Kia ora Whānau and students,
It was great to see a large number of you last week at our mentor teacher/parent interviews.
As of 11.59 pm last night NZ has moved to Phase Two of the Omicron Response.
To begin this week our staff have been through a practice test for when a case enters the school. It has been a very worthwhile opportunity to understand what to do effectively and efficiently to minimise spread.
With the inevitability of Omicron circulating through close or casual contacts in our community we thought this was a good time to remind you of our processes when this occurs.
Our school will communicate with our community when we have a confirmed positive case of a student in our school, as per MOE and MOH guidelines.
In the event of a positive case, we are required to contact trace all movements during the day while on site. We are also required to find out whether those indoors and near a case were wearing masks. This is one of the key elements in classifying a close or casual contact.
Ministry of Health guidelines advise if indoors and near a case, without a mask on, this is deemed a close contact. This then requires isolation for the student for a period of 7 days with a negative test result on day 5.
The impacts of this can be far reaching. We understand there are some special health conditions for students meaning they cannot wear a mask.
For the majority who can, we are continuing to educate on the importance in wearing masks at all times while in a classroom.
If your son becomes a close contact or contracts Covid-19 please make contact with the main office through phone message (03 348 7010) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
These are trying times but we have been very impressed as always, with the way our young men adapt in times of adversity.
If your son is unwell please keep him at home and if Covid-19 symptoms get him tested.