Posted on: 29 January, 2020
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Whānau
As you will have seen in the media the situation with the Coronavirus is rapidly evolving and as a school, we will endeavour to keep you informed.
The current advice from the Ministry of Education is that we contact parents to inform them that if they have recently travelled from China, or have been in contact with someone that has returned from overseas, and they have flu-like symptoms, (which could be early stages of Coronavirus) they should seek medical advice. The Ministry has asked schools to strongly encourage staff members or parents/caregivers of a student who are in this situation, to delay the start of their school year for 14 days after their arrival back into New Zealand and voluntarily stay away.
Click this link http://www.education.govt.nz/news/novel-coronavirus/ to read the Ministry of Education's current advice to schools
Parents or staff members can contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or their GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages and they do have Mandarin and Cantonese speaking staff available.
If you and / or your child have travelled to China in the holidays please inform the school office by phoning 07 856 6537 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give the date of return into New Zealand. The school office is open from Thursday 30 January if you would like to discuss this matter with a member of staff.
We will continue to take advice and guidance from public health authorities and the Ministry of Education on this situation, which at the moment is continuously evolving. Please be assured that we will update you on further important developments, if these occur, through our school communication channels. In the meantime, the World Health Organisation is monitoring this event and its website is a good source of information covering the virus itself, travel guidance advice and questions and answers.