Tēnā koutou katoa,
You’ll be aware that from tomorrow New Zealand will move to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19.
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 school. 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/?_ga=2.172757601.3975240.1662597008-1471031908.1652402260
Mask wearing is no longer strongly recommended in schools, however we will continue to respect those who choose to wear a medical face mask, and masks continue to be available for ākonga for Student Services.
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.
Noho ora mai,