Kia ora koutou

It has been great to see several days with no new community cases. However, as Dr Bloomfield has clearly stated, new cases are still possible and we need to continue to act with caution and do the right thing to keep our community safe.

The government’s decision to return to Level 2 means a welcome return to school from Monday 8 March.

With new variants and changed requirements for contacts of cases, New Zealand’s COVID response seems to be more complex and sometimes it isn’t clear what “the right thing” actually is.

The basics still work
We have a large amount of control over how we can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Even with the new variants of the virus, the most important things we can do remain the same:

For our school we will:

  • display QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer app
  • keep our visitor register, attendance register and timetables up to date to help with contact tracing if needed
  • be monitoring for illness and asking anyone who is unwell to remain at home, or to go home
  • encourage people with relevant symptoms to seek medical advice through Healthline (0800 358 5453) or their GP and get tested for COVID if recommended to do so
  • reinforce the importance of good hand washing and drying
  • reinforce good cough and sneeze etiquette
  • clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly

Also, under Level 2 restrictions, please refrain from lingering either before or after school.  The senior and junior playgrounds are closed before 9.00am and after 3pm.  If you do enter a classroom, please ensure you sign the register so we can trace you if necessary.

Have a safe weekend.

Nga mihi

Peter Stoner