The country is now at COVID-19 Alert Level 1. This means an easing of the restrictions that we have had here at school.
All parents are now welcome to come up to the classrooms when you drop off your children, and we have ended the staggered finishes, so all students will now finish at 2:30pm as normal.
The key information at Alert Level 1 is:
- If your child is sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or your GP and get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms).
- All students should be attending school if they are well.
- We will be reminding students to continue to regularly wash and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbows.
- Regular disinfecting of shared surfaces will continue.
- We are no longer required to keep a contact tracing register, but parents and visitors are encouraged to record their movements using the QR Code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App. These will be displayed at the entrance to the admin area and at the entrances to the classrooms.
- Physical distancing is not a requirement but is encouraged when you are around people you don’t know.
- There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings or on physical activities, including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events. This means that we will be restarting our Monday afternoon assemblies from next week.
As is the case for all COVID-19 Alert Levels, upon advice from the local medical officer of health, any educational facility connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.
So for the most part, Alert Level 1 is very much business as usual. However, good hygiene practices and people who are unwell staying away remain a priority.