Protecting your whānau

The most important things you and your whānau can do to keep safe are:

  • Washing and drying your hands often and thoroughly. Use hand sanitiser when you don’t have soap and water on hand.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow, or tissues, and washing your hands straight afterwards.
  • Staying home from school or work if you are sick.
  • Wearing a face covering, such as a face mask or scarf, if you are out in public and can’t maintain a safe distance from others (eg public transport).
  • Regularly cleaning surfaces, such as bench tops, taps and tables.
  • Practising safe physical distancing whenever possible
  • Keeping track of where you’ve been. Download the NZ COVID Tracer app or keep a diary or notebook of your movements.

As your children settle back into school, it’s important to remember the following:

  • If your child is unwell with any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (see below), please keep them at home, call your doctor or Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice, and arrange for them to get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.
  • If you have been advised by Auckland Regional Public Health Service that your child is a close contact of someone with COVID-19, keep your child at home in self-isolation. They will need to get a COVID-19 test. A close contact is someone who has been close to a person with COVID-19 and who is therefore at greater risk of getting sick too (and potentially infecting others).

COVID-19 symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 can include one or more of the following:

  • New or worsening cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Temporary loss of smell
  • Difficulty breathing

More advice and information is available at and Or call Healthline: 0800 358 5453. Healthline is a free, 24/7 service with interpreters available.

Thank you for your support in helping keep your whānau, school and wider community well.


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Term 4 Start Date

Happy holidays! Term 4 starts on Monday 12 October - see you then!