Covid - Level 4 Update 24 August

24 August 2021

Message from our Principal

Tuesday 24th August 2021

Kia ora tātou,

I think we had all anticipated a further extension of Alert Level 4, and the Prime Minister has confirmed this. The Alert Level will be reviewed on Friday afternoon, but for now, in Auckland, Alert Level 4 will remain in place until 11:59 pm Tuesday 31 August.

Despite this news, it is really pleasing to see Alert Level 4 is having its impact on the number of confirmed cases, with numbers not dramatically increasing as they would likely have done if we had been at a lower Alert Level.

Our distance learning programme will continue!

Please note our school grounds and school site is closed to everyone in Level 4. Please do not come to school, otherwise, you will be in breach of the COVID-19 Health Response Order.

The Delta variant is different, so has been New Zealand’s response.

There is a lot we can all do to protect our whānau and community from COVID-19 including:

  • everyone must continue to stay home in their bubble
  • do not mix with other household bubbles – if they have COVID-19, it can easily spread to your household, and every other household they and you are connecting with
  • as new cases are identified, new locations of interest are added to the Ministry of Health website – please keep checking this. You can search by your location and they are sorted by date, so you only need to check the locations which have been added when you last checked
  • wash your hands regularly, especially when you have been out in public
  • stay home if you are feeling unwell and seek advice about whether you need to get a test
  • wear a face covering when out and about, and you MUST wear a face-covering in any businesses or services which are open at Alert Level 4 (unless you have specifically been exempted from doing so, which includes anyone aged under 12)
  • keep a two-metre distance from people outside your household bubble
  • check-in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go or keep a manual record (a reminder the App only stores information on your own phone – no one else will know who it is that checked in, or when)

You can go to the website if you would like more information on Alert Level 4 requirements.

We can also make sure we are passing on good information. There is a very helpful article by Dr Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris in The Spinoff regarding misinformation and disinformation.

Their red flags for how to spot bad information are particularly well-summarised. Bad information will:

  • downplay COVID-19 and the pandemic
  • focus on survival rate
  • try to sell you something
  • push simple cures/treatments
  • make you feel fearful or angry.

“Good information put out to help you make an informed choice won’t make you feel scared or angry. It’ll make you feel empowered.”

Finally, we know some families in our community may be finding it difficult to access food and essential items such as medicine. This information about how to access food or essential items summarises the supports that are available, including financial help to buy food.

Please do take care and let us know how we can best support you and your whānau.

Kia kaha!

Ngā mihi nui,

Carla Veldman / Principal

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