#14 Covid-19 Notice

29/4/2022 - Starting Term 2 in the 'Orange' Setting

Kia ora Parents, Whānau and Caregivers

​​A change for all NZ schools in term two is that we are opening under the ORANGE setting. The orange setting is focused on minimising the spread of the virus. Here is an update on what the move to Orange means for our school.


We have now had Covid19 cases in all syndicates and we appreciate the way that these have been handled by staff and families. We will continue to have our RED Health and Safety Plan on standby to allow us to move swiftly if our student:staff ratios change due to Covid19. Therefore we all still need to be prepared for quick changes to the ORANGE settings if our situation changes and there is a higher risk of Covid-19 spreading within our school.


We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include

  • ensuring our indoor spaces are ventilated

  • maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette

  • appropriate physical distancing whenever we can

  • and most importantly, students and staff staying home when they are sick.


A small number of staff and students have tested positive during the term break or become household contacts. Thanks to the families who have contacted school with an update of their circumstances - we appreciate your messages.


If your child has become a household contact or tested positive during the holidays, please email office@paparangi.school.nz so that we can update our records and confirm your child's return to school date.


Please make sure your contact details are up to date, so we can get in touch with you if needed. Details can be updated by emailing office@paparangi.school.nz.


We are definitely looking forward to a few less restrictions and returning to school routines which are a bit closer to ‘normal’. As always please contact the school if you have any queries - we are happy to help. Email the school at principal@paparangi.school.nz or office@paparangi.school.nz or call 04 478 6617 (Mon-Friday, or leave a message after school or during weekends).


Noho ora mai

Tracey Arthurs

Principal

Summary of 'Orange' Traffic Light Setting

We intend to use the following Orange Setting health measure in our school from the start of Term 2. Remaining at orange will be highly dependent on the daily number of positive cases affecting staff, students and our school community, as well as MOH/MOE guidelines. At any point in time we may need to remove/change/add to these measures. For this reason, we ask that all those in our community remain alert.


CASE MANAGEMENT

Cases of Covid19 in our school will continue to be managed carefully. Staff, families and students are expected to follow current public health guidelines to identify who needs to isolate and get tested. Paparangi will continue to monitor household contacts and positive case numbers for staff and students so that we are able to respond quickly should an increase in cases occur. All families need to remain on alert for changes to our current protocols/setting and these may be made at short notice.


DROP OFF AND PICK UPS

Gates are open from 8.30. Please use the main driveway as the shared pathway with the kindy remains closed. Pick up for ALL students is at 3pm. Y1, Uenuku students must be collected from the courts outside their classrooms. Other students may walk home or be collected from the courts outside their classrooms.


EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Large gatherings, especially when indoors, continue to be one of the riskier activities we undertake. We are reviewing our events and activities for the upcoming term to ensure we meet the health guidance for Orange and ensure safe ways of coming together.


FACE COVERINGS

We are very aware that masks have played a huge role in the success of our response this far due to their effectiveness in reducing the spread of the virus. Although at Orange face masks are no longer required at school, public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors.


  • Therefore we will continue to ask that visitors, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds
  • Our staff and senior students are also strongly encouraged to keep wearing masks inside classrooms too.
  • We ask that Year 4-6 students continue to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask – such as if there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks be worn in classrooms for a specific period of time.
  • Masks are not required when outdoors.


VISITORS WELCOME

Visitors and families are able to come onto our school site and are asked to be masked when indoors. We look forward to connecting with our families again over the coming term.

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Contact Us

Remember that parents can use the App to send a message about a student absence. It is our preferred method of contact for non-attendance and is quick and easy to do.

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