Coronavirus is certainly on everyone’s minds, and in lots of adult conversations. We need to be careful not to let our children get caught up in developing anxieties and feel panicked around a topic every night on the news and one they may not understand very well.
Seven Sharp has a helpful clip about how to explain the virus to children in a way that is true, but not alarming. Please click on the link to read through Nanogirl’s tips for talking to kids about coronavirus without making them worried.
Please click on the link for a video ‘Coronovirus Explained (For Kids)’, by Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl), that explains coronavirus, washing hands etc for kids.
As advised in last week’s newsletter, at last Tuesday’s Board Meeting the Pandemic Policy was reviewed. Please click on this link to read the updated policy.
Should the spread of Covid-19 mean that we are directed by the Ministry of Education to close down, we will keep you informed via group emails, our new website and our Teachers will communicate directly to their classes through SeeSaw.
It is important that people stay away from work, school and being out in public, if they are sick. If we’ve got a bit of a runny nose or a sore throat, we might have elected to go to work because it’s not too bad, or we might, if your child is slightly unwell, have chosen to send them to school. Although it is often common to soldier on, it is now the time to introduce stricter measures. All of us have a role to play in stopping the further spread of Covid-19.
We require anyone who is unwell to stay home, to help keep the rest of our community healthy. Children showing flu-like symptoms should be kept at home, in accordance with our School policies.
If you are concerned that someone is showing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, your first step is to ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) or contact your GP by phoning ahead of their visit, to explain symptoms and travel history. Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number, 0800 358 5453, is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Please keep our school office informed if you are travelling overseas.
Please take care of yourself, your whanau and your community. It is important that we all continue to be alert but not alarmed. Thank you for your support.