Covid-19 Update 16 April 2020

Covid-19 update 16 April 2020:

16 April 2020

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers







As you will be aware, the Prime Minister has announced further measures to restrict the spread of Covid-19. We are still waiting for clarification on some of the comments made, but can confirm that schools will close from tomorrow, Tuesday 24 March, except to the children of essential workers such as medical personnel, emergency services, transport agencies, workers from supermarkets & other essential shops who can attend on Tuesday and Wednesday. The school bus will run as per usual on Tuesday and then they will reassess for Wednesday.

Information about accessing learning from home will be available tomorrow.

School holidays will start early, from 30 March to 14 April inclusive. During the holiday break, supported by the Ministry of Education we will work to further develop e-learning and other distance learning options for Term 2 for all our students.

In the meantime, spend time doing things as a family e.g. helping with chores, preparing food, making crafts, gardening, writing emails to family and friends and reading books.

This is a very brief post to follow up from the Prime Ministers announcement today. We have now gone to alert level 3, with 48 hours until alert level 4.

Further information will follow soon.

All the best in these trying times.

Ngā mihi

Sean Valvoi


Here is the official MOE letter sent to schools to send out to parents at 5.40pm.

Kia ora koutou With today’s announcement by Government, we are implementing with urgency our plan to support your child’s learning from home. We appreciate this is a sudden and significant change, and will be heavily disruptive to many people in our community.

For children of essential workers, we look forward to seeing your child here at school tomorrow morning. You may wish to check if you are considered an essential worker – however those roles include doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and police. We continue to ask that children who are not well, do not attend school. For all other children, we will be supporting their learning from your home in the following ways:

· through online learning…

· provision of a learning pack for the remainder of the week

· include how teachers will engage with them at home

· include how parents and caregivers can contact the school if there are any issues for their child

If you need to have your child cared for by someone else you will need to identify that person or people as part of your self-isolated group. This will need to be done by midnight Wednesday and the group must remain the same for the whole 4 week period. The caregiver’s own group (eg, their partner and children), your child and your own group (eg, your parents and other children) become one group. This group needs to be limited to minimise any risk of spread and should be no more than 20 people. Your child will be looking to you for guidance about this decision. Parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers will have a particularly important part to play in reassuring children at this time. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to read the information put together by the Ministry of Education to support your conversations with your children – Talking to children about COVID-19 As noted by the Prime Minister these restrictions are our best chance to slow the virus in New Zealand and to save lives. We all have a clear role here to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to communicate with you over the coming days. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school staff and school community. Our regional staff will be in touch with you soon to determine how we can best support you.

Ngā mihi

Dear Parents
Following today’s announcement by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Education, I am awaiting a directive from the Ministry which will give us a clear indication about school closing in the next 48 hours. The directive will also list the essential services parents may fall under which will mean their children may come to school. Please keep monitoring our communication channels such as Facebook, Skool Loop, our school website and email.
Thanks for your patience and we will be in touch as soon as possible.































Please see below the link for the latest Covid 19 update from Chris Hipkins.

COVID-19 update: message to parents and whānau

Today's update on COVID-19 for school and early learning communities.

Posted by Chris Hipkins MP on Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Thank you

16 March

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers

You may have seen that the World Health Organisation has now declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. The Ministry of Health has been working through its pandemic plan since January.

You will also know the Government has announced new and strong protective measures to keep individuals, families and communities safe and healthy. The measures came into effect from 1am Monday 16 March 2020. We have been in contact with those families who are currently abroad or had plans to travel abroad to ensure they are aware of these protective measures. Further details of these measures can be viewed on the Prime Ministers facebook page.

Those thinking about traveling overseas, should avoid all non-essential travel at this time

Three new confirmed cases were announced this past weekend taking the total confirmed cases for New Zealand to eight. We have been advised these cases are not connected with any schools or early learning services and they are doing well and two are self-isolating at home/hotel with one being treated in hospital.

For our school, our pandemic plan is also ready to be implemented if needed. In the meantime we will continue to focus on good hygiene practices. Hand washing and good cough etiquette are very important tools in preventing the spread of illness including colds, flu and COVID-19. We have taken the measure to stop handshakes as advised by the prime minister.

With that, there is a good video clip from Nanogirl that will help your children to better understand the virus – YouTube clip – Nanogirl

You may have also seen the Prime Minister sat down with Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Juliet Gerrard, to talk about coronavirus:

One other action we can all take is to be vigilant about our own health and the health of our children. I will be encouraging my staff to stay away from school if they are showing signs of illness such as coughs and colds. I ask that you please do the same with your children. Colds and flus are common in schools and by staying away, seeking medical attention and practicing good hygiene, we can all keep any spread of illness to a minimum. A reminder that you can inform the school that your child will be absent by phone, email or skool loop.

Ngā mihi



Sean Valvoi