This term has been an interesting and challenging one and has it felt a lot…
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This is becoming extremely important, as we know many people have arrived back to New Zealand recently and may continue to do so over the coming weeks.
The Ministry of Health has provided a very informative fact sheet that outlines the steps necessary for someone to take if self isolating, if other family members want to continue to go to work or school. If you have someone in your home self-isolating at the moment please ensure you are strictly following these guidelines (regardless of whether they are showing symptoms or not) or else your child(ren) should not be attending school, until the 14 day period is completed with no symptoms shown. Please be assured the same expectations are also being made of our staff members.
Please remember that all members in the house must keep the physical distance at all times etc (and not just the children) when adhering to the guidelines.
We ask you to err on the side of caution, when deciding if the whole household should self-isolate to protect the rest of our community.
Clarifying our steps moving forward
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 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.
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.
卫生部提供了非常清楚的应用措施和指南，其中概述了如果自我隔离者的其他家庭成员想要继续上班或上学，那么自我隔离者必须采取的步骤。如果您目前家里有人自我隔离，请确保您严格遵守这些准则（ 无论他们是否有表现出症状 ），否则您的孩子在这14天之内不应该来学校上课，直到14天过后，完全没有显示任何症状之后才能返回学校。请大家放心，我们对学校的工作人员也作出同样的要求。
请记住，遵守指南时，房屋中的所有成员必须始终保持身体与身体之间的距离等规定（ 而不是只有孩子们需要保持距离 ）。
关于 COVID-19 的信息和错误信息四处流传，我想与您分享如果在我们的学校社区中一旦发生案例，那么学校会釆取什么样的措施。我们一直在为此做准备，并且能够迅速做出回应。
- 在我们的直属学校社区里如果有确诊病例（ 例如，学生，教职员工或其他家庭成员 ）卫生部和教育部医务人员会立即通知我，我们将共同努力，清楚地并且快速地发送讯息给您。
我们知道 COVID-19 让人感到恐惧，当然家长们也非常关心孩子们的健康。请放心，在我们学校没有确诊病例的情况下，您的孩子在这里上课是安全的。