COVID-19 update 22 March

22 March 2020

Kia ora koutou

As I write this letter on Sunday afternoon, schools are still open for instruction.

Thank you for your ongoing support in these uncertain times.

We are endeavouring to keep you informed with as much up to date information as possible.   Be assured 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.  We have been planning for developments and are in a position to respond quickly.

There are no cases confirmed in our school.

If a case was 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.  We would be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This would 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, we have a plan in place to support student’s learning. To enhance this planning we have sent out a survey to all parents.  If you didn’t get the email, please contact the school office.

Good hygiene continues to be 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. You could help us by practising hand washing at home and encouraging children to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow.

While school looks different with less children and physical/social distancing practices, for example, we endeavour to keep school routines functioning as normal as possible in this present climate.

Thank you for letting us know your child will be absent and why/for how long.  As you will appreciate, knowing the whereabouts of children at any time, and especially now, is of high importance.  To ensure our office staff can work through this process as quickly as possible each morning, the most efficient way is for you to send a SkoolBag app message or to use our ring-in system.

Finally at this time, if you or your family are in any need of support in any way, please don’t hesitate to call or email.  We want to support one another in these times.

Ngā mihi

Leanne Stanton

Acting Principal

George Street Normal School

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