Further to the email sent to our school families last Thursday, and as you will have seen in the media the situation with the Coronavirus is rapidly evolving and as a school, we want to keep everyone healthy and safe.
The current advice from the Ministry of Education, last updated on 2 February 2020, is that all travellers arriving in New Zealand out of mainland China should stay away from school for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China. People who departed from mainland China before midnight 2 February are not required to stay away unless they have been in Wuhan City or Hubei Province in the last 14 days. If a student does not show signs of illness after 14 days, then they should return to school and continue their studies as normal.
If someone has been in close contact with a confirmed novel coronavirus case they should stay away from school for 14 days. If you develop symptoms including fever, coughing and difficulty breathing you should ring Healthline (free) on 0800 611 116 or your doctor.
Please click on the link to read the Ministry of Education’s current advice to schools. Parents or staff members can contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or their 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 you or your child travelled to China during the holidays, we ask that you please inform the school office by phoning 07 856 9238 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have not already done so.
We will continue to take advice and guidance from public health authorities and the Ministry of Education on this situation, which at the moment is changing rapidly. Please be assured that we will update you on further important developments, if these occur, through our school communication channels. In the meantime, the World Health Organisation is monitoring this event and its website is a good source of information covering the virus itself, travel guidance advice and questions and answers.
This is a good time for us all to remember and encourage our children of the following guidelines to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the toilet; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.