Covid-19 

The health and wellbeing of our children, staff and community is a top priority. 

 

Please contact the school office by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 09 535 1070, if your child tests positive or is a household contact.

 
In the coming days and weeks, we will see more positive cases at school. As a duty of care, we are asking you to consider your child to be in that environment and to do the following consistently:

  • Your whānau should watch for symptoms
  • If any develop, get tested immediately
  • Then, stay at home until the result is received
  • If your whānau hasn’t been vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible. You can book on-line at bookmyvaccine.nz or by calling 0800 28 29 26. It’s free.

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • A new or worsening cough
  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • A fever
  • Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath

Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.  For more information, go to https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/about-covid-19/covid-19-symptoms/
 

If Positive

 

If you're positive, you need to self-isolate for 7 days. Your Household Contacts will also need to self-isolate, unless they have had COVID-19 in the last 3 months.

  1. Report your own RAT result on My COVID Record or call 0800 222 478. Note: If you got a supervised test at a Community Testing Centre or other health provider, the result will turn up on your My COVID Record.
  2. The Ministry of Health will send you a text message from the official 2328 or 2648 numbers confirming your positive test result. The text will provide information about self-isolation, support options and a 6-digit access code for the online contact tracing form.

    • If you had a PCR test, you will get a text message with your result.
    • If you had a rapid antigen test (RAT), you will get a text message after you have reported your results through My Covid Record or by phone. This can take up to 24 hours.
  3. Self-isolation reduces the risks of spreading the virus to others. You will need to isolate for at least 7 days while you recover. Day 0 is the day your symptoms started or when you tested positive, whichever came first. 

    You do not need a test to leave isolation. If you do, the result would likely show as positive but that does not mean you are infectious. If you are still sick, stay home until you are well and for 24 hours after you no longer have symptoms. 

 

What to do when isolating

  • Self-isolation means staying at home for the whole time you are required to be there. It also means taking common-sense precautions to avoid any contact with those you live with. This advice applies to both people who are positive for COVID-19 and people who are contacts.

    • Avoid contact with others you live with — for example, sleep by yourself if you can and limit the time you spend in shared spaces. If you cannot, you should stay at least 2 metres apart and wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth when near others.
    • Do not prepare food for others. If people are leaving you meals, tell them to leave it at the door and only collect it once they have moved away from the area.
    • Do not share items with others in your household — for example, dishes, toothbrushes, and towels.
    • Do your own laundry.
    • Do not have visitors in your home. This includes tradespeople, unless it is an emergency.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly. This includes items frequently touched like door handles, light switches and phones.
    • We recommend opening windows to increase fresh air flow inside. The risk of spreading COVID-19 is highest in crowded and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
    • If you need food, prescriptions or essential items get friends or family to leave them on your doorstep, or get supplies delivered.

 

Support while isolating

 

If your whānau need extra support while you are self-isolating, Work and Income may be able to help with:

  • money to pay for urgent and essential costs like food, medicine and some bills
  • supplies delivered to you
  • support from community groups, iwi and Pacific groups in your area

For more information, call the COVID Welfare Line on 0800 512 337.

 

Employment Financial Support

If you will need to take time off work for isolation, your employer may be able to get Leave Support to help them keep paying you.

 

Mental Wellbeing

Look after your mental wellbeing. If you want to, you can speak with a trained counsellor any time, day or night - free call or text on 1737.

 

Other Information

icon download COVID-19 

 

 icon download Tips for Parents and Caregivers on Media Coverage of Major Events

 

icon download Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

 

Official Government Website 

Ministry of Health