Endeavour School Notice

17th February 2022

Principal's update

Dear Parents, Children and Wider Whaanau,

This week I have felt very fortunate to have been able to greet the children as they enter our gates each morning, chat to them about their learning and slowly get to know the many personalities that make up the wonderful culture that is our school.

As the Omicron variant circulates around us like the stormy thunder cloud it is, I want to acknowledge the way in which you, our community, our team here at school and of course our tamariki have and continue to approach each day. Their positive and ambitious mindset ensures we are able to focus on building connections through learning. I also feel grateful with the way our community are following public health advice with mask wearing, scanning in, keeping a 2m distance and hand sanitising when you enter onto school site, it all helps. Thank you.

While we sit here as one of the few fortunate schools (I touch wood on the hour), who to date are escaping the virus on school site, I want to assure you that the leadership team have continued to put in place systems that will allow us to act promptly if Covid 19 does arrive at our gates. Our contact tracing and ability to identify close contacts is clear and concise and if a case presents itself we will communicate with you in a timely fashion.

Our response of course will rely on you and your readiness, I know you will support us as and when we need it. One way you can keep doing this is to communicate with us immediately if your child returns a positive covid test or if they are a close contact. In addition, please continue to keep your child/ren at home if they become unwell.

Finally one questions we are being asked frequently is:

A member of our household is a close contact. Can my child still attend school?

  • Yes, Your child is able to attend school.

We have received official direction from the Waikato District Health Board & Ministry of Education that no longer does a 'household contact' of a 'close contact' have to isolate.

Please note: the Covid19 website still says that other household members of close contacts are secondary contacts, and also need to isolate for 5 days, but this does not apply to the Waikato/Auckland areas.

However, if this close contact becomes a positive case, then all household contacts become close contacts and will need to self isolate.

Once again, thank you for your patience and ongoing support.

Warm regards