School Community Update re COVID-19

School Community Update re COVID-19 – 20th March

With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I wanted 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.
  • 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.

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.   

For the latest advice please visit https://covid19.govt.nz/ this is the most up-to-date information available.

Following advice from the Ministry of Education and Health we have made the following decision:

  • Postponing Year 8 School Camp until September
  • Postponing March Madness Day
  • Postponing The Cultural Parade
  • Cancellation of Year 7 & 8 Tag Day
  • Cancellation of Remuera Sports Year 5 & 6 Sports Exchange
  • Cancellations of junior, senior assemblies and activities that involve large gatherings of students
  • Closing of school swimming pool for the rest of the term
  • Closing of school water fountains from Monday 23rd March – Please ensure that your child has a named water bottle every day
  • Increased cleaning and sanitation throughout the school

All staff and pupils who are unwell have been directed to stay home. We ask that you please keep all sick children at home. Colds and flus are common in schools and by staying away, seeking medical attention and practicing good hygiene, we can all keep any spread of illness to a minimum.

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.

 Thank you for your ongoing support as we work together to care for our school community.

Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa. Let us keep close together, not far apart.

 Ngā mihi,

Zane Wilson – Principal