As we approach Term 3, I have a few staff updates to make. Recently the…
You may have seen that the World Health Organisation has now declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. As noted by the Minister of Health, this doesn’t change what New Zealand is doing to respond to coronavirus.
The Ministry of Health has been working through its pandemic plan since January. You will also know the Government has already implemented a range of measures to minimise the impacts to New Zealand. This includes border restrictions, a requirement to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand from China, Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea and immediate and detailed contact tracing of any confirmed cases. It is important to note those four countries account for more than 90% of cases globally and China and the Republic of Korea have significantly declining numbers of new cases.
We have 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand and it is pleasing to know they are all doing well and are at home. Their children, four students at Auckland schools, continue to be well and show no symptoms. While we expect that more cases will arise, the Ministry of Health says that with continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low in New Zealand. We all have a role to play in this.
For our school, our pandemic plan is also ready to be implemented if needed. In the mean time we will continue to focus on good hygiene practices. Hand washing and good cough etiquette are very important tools in preventing the spread of illness including colds, flu and COVID-19.
With that, there is a good video clip from Nanogirl that will help your children to better understand the virus – YouTube clip – Nanogirl
You may have also seen the Prime Minister sat down with Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Juliet Gerrard, to talk about coronavirus:
One other action we can all take is to be vigilant about our own health and the health of our children. I will be expecting my staff to stay away from school if they are showing signs of illness such as coughs and colds. I ask that you please do the same with your children. 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.
您可能看到世界卫生组织已经宣布 COVID-19 为大流行病。遵从卫生部长的指示，这不会改变新西兰对冠状病毒的反应。
在新西兰有5例确诊的 COVID-19 病例，令人高兴的是，他们的情况都很好，而且在家中自我隔离。他们的孩子是奥克兰学校的四名学生，他们仍然是健康的，没有任何症状。尽管我们预计还会有更多的病例发生，但卫生部表示，在不断提高警惕的情况下，新西兰社区广泛爆发的可能性预计仍然很低。每个人都可以以身作则发挥作用。
Nanogirl 提供了一个很好的视频剪辑，它将帮助您的孩子更加容易了解该病毒 – YouTube 剪辑-Nanogirl
您可能也已经看到总理与 Michelle Dickinson 博士（又名 Nanogir l）和总理的首席科学顾问 Juliet Gerrard 坐下来谈论冠状病毒：