RETURN TO ALERT LEVEL 2 – MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Kia Ora Whanau

As you are aware we are all able to return to school either Sunday evening (Boarders) and Monday morning (Day students). We are looking forward to seeing everyone and getting on with the year which has been going so well to date.

Please be assured we have things exceptionally well set up to continue to keep our environment as safe as possible. This includes hand sanitisers and extra cleaning duties taking place.

Also from the last email, you may not have been able to access this link. If you are unable to open it try cutting and pasting it into your browser:
https://education.govt.nz/assets/Documents/School/SchoolsBulletin/2021-Bulletins/2021COVID/2021MAR05SupportInformationSheets.pdf

There has also been one or two queries about getting the whole school to return to school with a negative Covid test. I understand this seems like a good idea. Please be assured I have checked and re-checked this and I am in almost daily contact with the Ministry of Health and Education. There is definitely no need to test an entire school and staff unless advised to do so. Like the rest of the country we must follow the very clear guidelines around testing. In fact Dr Bloomfield often reminds us NOT to test unless we meet specific criteria which are clearly laid out (symptoms, close contacts etc).

We are best to do our bit and follow the protocols, continue to monitor our school 24/7. This includes sharing any information that may be of concern to you around Covid. The Health clinic at school also has very robust systems set up.

Please be trusting of the processes in place. Unfortunately, like the rest of NZ, we can’t give any guarantees, nobody can, but we are very confident that we are not at any particular risk. If so, I am confident the MoH of MoE will contact us immediately.

As always if students or staff are unwell, or have particular health concerns then they must remain at home.

Ngā mihi nui
Dr Brian Evans
ONZM
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD
Principal

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