Good evening parents and caregivers,

New long-term strategy for COVID-19

You’ll be aware that New Zealand will move to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand.

This new approach will only result in minor changes to the way we operate, which are outlined below directly from the Ministry of Education.

  • Household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, students who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend school. Information on how to get RAT kits can be found here: Request a RAT– Ministry of Health
  • Mask wearing is no longer required by anyone at school. Those who choose to wear a mask will be supported to do so.
  • Note, if students do test positive for COVID-19 they must still isolate for seven days.

All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place.  These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, keeping students home who are feeling unwell.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Noho ora mai

Rachael Taylor