Date: 20 March 2020
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This message is to share with you some relevant information about COVID19, and how Onehunga High School is responding to the advice from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health.
When is sick, sick?
The messaging remains clear – if you are feeling unwell please stay at home. However at the tail end of a cold, there will be runny noses and probably some coughing. This might be worrying for some people who are being vigilant about their own and others’ health.
A diagram has been developed by Dr Siouxsie Wiles to assist us when considering symptoms. What it tells us is:
What would happen if we were to have a case of COVID19 in our school community?
With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I want to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.
How we would communicate with you during a school closure:
We have a number of ways that we would communicate with you in the event of a school closure.
We have had experience with consideration of closures in recent years, with both mumps and measles, and fortunately did not need to action these plans then. We sincerely hope not to do so with COVID-19 either, but want to reassure you that we are prepared, should this be needed.
School Sport Trainings:
We have made the call to stop all school sport trainings for the remainder of this term. This is due to winter competitions being postponed and advice from a majority of codes, through their national bodies, that trials and trainings should not be occurring at this time.
Auckland Transport – Will not be accepting cash on buses:
We have been advised that from Monday 23 March 2020, Auckland Transport will be suspending cash fares on all buses. They are doing this to minimise physical contact between customers, Auckland Transport staff and people who work on buses during Covid-19. Students will be expected to pay their fare using AT HOP cards only. We have been assured that students who do not have a HOP card will not be refused transport on school buses, and they will be given information about how to get one.
We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here.
Good hygiene is a priority, and we are reinforcing this regularly with students and staff. We know that practising good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness.
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.
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