COVID-19 Community Update

Witherlea School: Thursday 3rd March

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Principal Update

Kia ora koutou e te whānau;


Just a quick update to let you know that we have another positive COVID case in our school. The student was unwell and has been tested. We have 3 families in isolation due to family members testing positive on top of this new case.


This will be just the beginning so please keep an eye out for any symptoms with your own children and keep them home if they are sick. COVID is spreading across the nation and our school will not be immune. If your child has a positive test please let the school know as soon as possible and remember that they are required to isolate at home for 10 days.


What we’re doing

  • We are staying open.

  • We are using public health measures to reduce the risk in our settings, including masks, physical distancing and ventilation.

  • We have appropriate cleaning procedures in place.


What you need to do

  • You and your whānau should be very vigilant about monitoring for symptoms.

  • If any symptoms develop, get tested immediately.

  • Then, stay at home until you receive a negative result, AND until you or your child is symptom-free for at least 48 hours.

  • Wear a face mask when out and about.

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

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

  • 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.


Symptoms of COVID-19

  • A new or worsening cough.

  • Sneezing and runny nose.

  • A fever.

  • Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste.

  • Sore throat.

  • Shortness of breath.


Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.


The LINK to our website and Online Learning Portal is below, each class has a Seesaw to keep in touch and at the moment, due to small numbers isolating, we are able to drop hard packs off.


Please be aware that we are not able to release the names of students or families who are unwell to others.


We will endeavour to update our community if/when possible however ask that all families and whānau have the School App and Seesaw on their phones/devices - to receive communications from the school.


Our main aim is to keep the school open. We have prepared for this and have plans in place to ensure school is a safe place.


Ngā manaakitanga,

Andrea Harnett - Tumuaki

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