29 January 2020

Dear Parent / Caregiver

UPDATE:  Novel coronavirus 

As you will have seen in the media the situation is rapidly evolving internationally.

 This is a new virus and its specific nature is currently unclear, however it appears that you can have the virus at an early stage without showing any symptoms.  This incubation period is currently considered to be 14 days.

We are closely monitoring information provided by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education and following their advice. We ask that all students who have been exposed to the virus via a visit to China or who have had contact while travelling with someone who has potentially been exposed to Coronavirus, to remain off school for 14 days following their date of arrival into New Zealand.

The school will open as normal for all other students on Monday 3 February.

The quarantine includes the Meet the Teacher interviews on Friday this week. Please notify our office if you are now not able to attend so that we can arrange another time early in the term. 

We thank our supportive and proactive Chinese community and acknowledge their real concern.  Thank you to those who have already indicated their support around voluntary self-quarantine and we welcome further relevant information from those families affected. Contact hollyf@mairangibay.school.nz

For more information, check  the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health websites:

Ministry of Health – Coronavirus Information:

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

Ministry of Education – Coronavirus information

http://education.govt.nz/news/novel-coronavirus/

As always, anyone who is unwell should not be at school. If you have any concerns about one of your children or students, the Ministry of Health guidance suggests that you contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice.

The UN agency advises people to:

  • Frequently wash their hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or warm water and soap.
  • Cover their mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when sneezing or coughing
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough
  • Seek early medical help if they have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and share their travel history with healthcare providers

Our teachers will be emphasising to their students the importance of these hygiene measures; each classroom has hand sanitizer; and the bathrooms have flowing soap and paper towels. Our cleaners will be focusing on high volume areas such as door handles, desks and chairs. 

If and when there is further advice, I will email you. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Sincerely

Bruce Warren, Principal