#16 Covid-19 Notice
13 September 2022 - Mask Wearing Covid Update
Kia ora Parents, Whānau and Caregivers
You’ll be aware from yesterday's news that New Zealand is moving to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand.
This new approach will result in changes to the way we operate at school.
The very positive news is that household contacts no longer need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, students who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend school. Paparangi is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning and be connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.
Please note that positive cases remain legally required to isolate for seven days and anyone who is symptomatic, including household contacts should stay at home and get tested.
Information on how to get RAT kits can be found here: Request a RAT– Ministry of Health.
As of yesterday, mask wearing for Y4-6 students became optional, as it has been for Y0-3 students all year. And from today, mask wearing for staff and visitors is also now optional. We will support students, staff and visitors who choose to continue wearing a mask at school.
All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting our community.
Noho ora mai
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.