Dear Parents and Caregivers
By now you will have heard a lot about the announcements made by the Prime Minister on Thursday 8th May.
It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and we can all be thankful of the way we have cooperated with each other.
As the Prime Minister advised, in Alert Level 2, schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.
The good news is that when we can, we will be ready to welcome all learners and staff back to our school site. This will be confirmed on Monday 11th May by our Prime Minister Jacinda at the 1pmcovid-19 announcement.
The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place. And ensure we can identify and contact all who we need to, should someone in school be infected.
We do know physical distancing is challenging so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning will be even more important for us at school. This includes staff and learners coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.
Under Alert Level 2, we advise any learners and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.
Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid’s not measles or chickenpox, it doesn’t hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don’t have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their ‘moist breath’ zone”. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2!
It is important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.
We will be in touch again next week to update you on our plans. If you have any questions about our health and safety plan or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact me. Learning from home will continue to be available for children who cannot come to school.