#11 Covid-19 Notice

20 March - Positive Covid Cases

Dear Parents, Whānau and Caregivers

We have two more positive student COVID-19 cases in the junior school. The students are part of Pounamu, Y2 and Y3 syndicate - one in R3 and the other in R5. In addition we have a growing number of students who are isolating because another family member has tested positive. Together this involves 8% of students from across the whole school.

Two teachers have also tested positive for Covid19 over the weekend. One is a part time teacher who works in all syndicates and the other is a Pounamu teacher.

The confidentiality of students and staff affected by the virus is important, out of respect to them and their whānau. We ask that our community also follow this guideline. From here on, the school will let parents and whānau know about the first student case that occurs in each syndicate to help ensure parents can be extra watchful for symptoms. After that we will not be giving daily updates of student numbers, but the school will continue to provide updates as the situation for managing Omicron at school changes.

Please contact the school if you have any queries - we are happy to help. Contact 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 at the weekends).

Noho ora mai

Tracey Arthurs


Paparangi School

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Covid19 Reminders

Do you or your child have covid19?

  • Day 0 = date of positive test or first symptoms (whichever is first)

  • If you live with someone who has Covid, household contacts should RAT test on Day 3 and Day 7

  • If you still have symptoms on day 7, stay home until you are symptom free for 24 hours

  • Provided you are symptom free, you do not need a negative test to finish isolating on Day 8

  • Household contacts should continue to monitor for symptoms until Day 10

  • Recovered cases no longer need to isolate again if they become a household contact within 90 days of having the virus (provided they have no symptoms)

Keeping the school open

  • Keeping our school open is highly dependent on the daily number of teachers/relievers we have available for the number of students who attend. We have enough staff for today, but this could change quickly.

  • Therefore we may join classes together and/or move a teacher or teachers to another syndicate to cover staff shortages. At the moment class lessons are different from our usual programmes.

  • We may need to shift to learning from home if there are too many teachers self-isolating or unwell.

What families need to do

  • Be vigilant about monitoring for symptoms. Do not send students to school if they are unwell. We contact parents to come and collect unwell students.

  • If any symptoms develop, get tested immediately. If your child is being tested, STAY AT HOME UNTIL YOU GET THEIR RESULT.

  • Keep up the outstanding hygiene measures:

    • Wear a face mask when out and about.

    • Wash your hands if you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

    • Wash hands often with soap for 20 seconds and dry your hands completely.

    • Avoid touching your face, and cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth with tissues.

  • If you and your whānau haven’t been vaccinated or boosted, please do so as soon as possible. You can book online or call 0800 28 29 26. It’s free.

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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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