Dear Staff and Parents,

With the announcement that New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact for COVID-19 – people over 70 years of age and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel.

Students and staff in schools are therefore asked to follow this advice. While the majority of people who are confirmed with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms, some individuals are at risk of more severe symptoms. People, particularly those with pre-existing health problems are more likely to get severe illness and are therefore considered at risk. High-risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:

• a compromised immune system

• liver disease

• cancer

• kidney disease

• heart disease

• diabetes mellitus

Should your child have high health needs or be required to self-isolate, please notify the school of their absence in the normal way.

If children have high health needs or are requested to self isolate for 14 days by the school (they have had contact with someone who has arrived from overseas within the last 14 days, or have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case) then the school asks teachers to communicate with parents directly about any home learning.

We are continuing to work with staff to ensure learning can continue at a distance (online) should we be required to close temporarily by the Ministry of Health e.g. for 72 hours (if there is a case directly connected to the school) or fully closed for a longer period of time (at levels 3 and 4 of the pandemic plan).

As always, all unwell staff and children should stay home. If you develop symptoms including fever, coughing and difficulty breathing you should ring Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 (or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or your doctor.

We will be in contact should any plans change, and appreciate your continued support.