Date: 22 March 2020
Kia ora koutou,
This message is simply to update you and thank you for your support as parents and caregivers, in these unprecedented and challenging times.
As you will be aware, misleading and/or hoax information has been widely shared in the past weeks which has caused real concern across our communities. In an effort to support our Prime Minister in terms of where people find their ‘one source of the truth’ we draw your attention to the COVID-19 website www.covid19.govt.nz. This site is the most up to date, reliable, accessible page from which to source your information. The Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment websites are also very helpful places to seek more detailed COVID-19 information.
Update from Saturday 21 March:
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday of an alert system for Covid-19, with New Zealand at level 2, we have increased measures to support everyone’s health. The Prime Minister has said that all people over 70 or who have compromised immunity should stay at home as much as possible. If your young person has compromised immunity, please contact the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor, to get the right advice.
Together with this, the Prime Minister, and the Secretary for Education, have acknowledged the importance of keeping young people engaged in education and, wherever possible, maintaining their usual routines. Routines are reassuring and support people’s wellbeing, connection with others, and learning.
Attendance and Assessments:
Schools, including Onehunga High School, are open for learning, and are following standard attendance and assessment procedures. This means that if your child is unwell and cannot complete an assessment, a medical certificate is required to be eligible for an extension.
Visitors to the school:
For the past two weeks, we have had a sign at the entrance to reception, saying:
Nau Mai, Haere Mai, Welcome
To help protect the safety of all our students and staff, if you are feeling unwell or have travelled overseas recently please do not enter the school grounds or reception.
We ask that people in this situation contact the school via phone on 09-636-6006 or email email@example.com
As a result of moving from level 1 to level 2 on the alert system, we now require all parents/family to formally sign in at reception, as other visitors to the school do.
We all need to continue to work together and help each other. Kia kaha whanau and thank you for all that you do in support of our community’s safety and wellbeing.
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