29 January 2020

Dear Parent / Caregiver


UPDATE:  Novel coronavirus 


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

正如您所见媒体报道的信息, 新型冠状病毒正在国际迅速扩散。

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.

这是一种新型病毒, 它的属性尚未查明。有可能病毒携带者处于早期阶段,而不表现出任何症状。 目前公认的潜伏期为14 天。

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:


Ministry of Education – Coronavirus information


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.

学校一如既往的惯例也是学生如果不舒服就不应该来学校。如果您对您的孩子/学生有疑虑, 卫生部建议您在给 健康热线0800 611 116 打电或跟您的GP医生讨论诊疗。

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


  • 经常用含有酒精成分的洗手液,温水和肥皂洗手。 
  • 咳嗽,打喷嚏时,用弯曲的胳膊或纸巾捂住嘴和鼻子 。
  • 避免与发烧,感冒,咳嗽的人接触。
  • 如果有发烧, 咳嗽, 呼吸困难的症状,请抓紧寻求医疗诊断治疗,并请向医疗机构提供旅行记录。

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.



Bruce Warren, Principal