You’ll be aware that New Zealand will move to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand.
This new approach will only result in minor changes to the way we operate.
The very positive news is that household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, ākonga who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend. It is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning, and connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.
Information on how to get RAT kits can be found here: https://requestrats.covid19.health.nz/
Mask wearing is no longer required.
All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting our community.
Ngā mihi nui Maria Potter Principal
Week 9 Update
Week 9 Update
It’s great to be at Alert Level 1. For SHC, there will be no major changes to what we are doing and our school continues to be safe to attend, including for any staff and students who are considered more vulnerable to COVID.
We have a good cleaning routine in place, people who are sick are staying at home, and we continue to encourage good hygiene practices.
We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances and other places around the school – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app, the Ministry of Health's NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that.
We can now look forward to inter-school and community sport, cultural events and performances and to welcoming all of our school community on site for these activities. We are also planning to resume field trips and other excursions.
We look forward to seeing you very soon supporting these events.
Ngā mihi Maria Potter
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