25 July COVID Update

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25 July COVID Update

COVID-19 INFORMATION-25 July, 2022

Masking up for Term 3: Managing winter illnesses and COVID-19

Kia ora ma whanau o te kura Kotuku Lauriston,

We are re-sharing the following information with families in case you missed it last week. As we head back into Term 3 Winter Illness and COVID-19 remain all around us.

As of Monday 25 July, we have 1 family currently in isolation with COVID-19. Please keep school informed if your family is required to self isolate as we are still required to report daily case numbers to the Ministry of Education.

In preparation for our students return to school, the following information has been shared with us by the Ministry of Education:

Masking up for the start of Term 3

In previous years we have found there is an increase in winter illnesses in schools at the start of Term 3 as students bring back infections after travelling and socialising during the holidays. This year cases of COVID-19 are increasing in most parts of the country, and we are also seeing high numbers of other winter illnesses.

For the start of Term 3, 2022, the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health strongly recommend that all schools and kura amend their mask policy for the first four weeks of term to require mask wearing in all indoor settings (where it will not have a significant impact on teaching and learning – see below) for students in Years 4 and above.

This means we require all our Year 4-6 students to wear a mask from Monday 25 July up until Monday 22 August.

This recommendation does not include any situation where mask wearing might not be practicable, such as while eating and drinking, playing certain musical instruments, indoor sport, where it will have a significant impact on teaching and learning (for example, students with particular learning needs), certain activities such as singing or drama performance on stage, and PE. In these situations, particular attention should be paid to ensuring there is good ventilation during the activity, and physical distancing where practicable.

Wearing masks can reduce new cases of the virus by as much as 53%. It works alongside other measures including vaccination, good ventilation, staying home when sick, and hand washing and other hygiene measures, to protect our students and staff. Keep up healthy habits – Unite Against COVID-19

Adult-sized masks can generally be adjusted to fit older children by tying knots in the ear loops. Unite Against COVID-19 shows how to do this: How to wear a face mask safely – Unite Against COVID-19

We know that some of our tamariki/ākonga are exempt from wearing a mask. If they have an exemption card or a letter from their health provider, or we have agreed that mask wearing is not practicable for them, we will support them to not wear a mask. Apply for a face mask exemption pass – Unite Against COVID-19

Please make sure that tamariki/ākonga come to school ready to wear masks. Students should bring masks from home. If students cannot bring masks from home there will be a limited supply of masks for students who are unable to bring one from home-these can be requested from your child’s classroom teacher or through the school office.

Thank you for your continued support in protecting our school community.

Noho ora mai

Colin Brodie