Ngā mihinui o te tau hou ko 2020 – Happy New Year for 2020.
We have received a message from the Secretary for Education regarding Coronavirus, which we are sharing with our school community:
As you will have seen in the media the situation is rapidly evolving internationally concerning the coronavirus.
This is a new virus and its specific nature is currently unclear, however, it appears that you can have the virus at an early stage and not be showing any symptoms. This incubation period is currently considered to be 14 days.
Children and young people are currently returning to classrooms. The health of students and staff is a priority for all. The Secretary for Education encourages you to err on the side of caution and here are some steps you can take. As always anyone who is unwell should not be at school. If you have a particular concern, please contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your 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 a student still attends school while showing symptoms the Principal of a state school can preclude them if they believe on reasonable grounds they may have a communicable disease (Section 19 Education Act). The student has to stay away for the infectious period of the specific disease.
For any student who may be at high risk of exposure because they have recently been to China or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, the Secretary for Education encourages you to delay the start of their school year for 14 days and voluntarily stay away.
Ngā mihi nui