Onekawa School Newsletter

Week 8 Term 1, Friday 25 March


Kia ora Whanau

In weeks 10 and 11 we will be calling parents to discuss their child's progress for term one. Calls will likely be around 5-10 minutes in duration This is in lieu of learning conferences which have had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions.

A booking form will be sent home on Tuesday next week to fill in a preferred time for the call. Please return these to school with your child on Wednesday.

Learning folders will not be sent home this term as we have had significant absence in classes. These will resume, including some samples from term one's learning, at the end of term two learning conferences.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Nga mihi,


Covid Updates

The following information provides a snapshot of the impact of Covid in our school community this week.

The data shows we have a similar number of children who have caught Covid but fewer are isolating as household contacts:

  • 8 children have tested positive (2 became symptomatic at school and were sent home)

  • 8 more children have tested positive at home while isolating as household contacts

  • 30 other children are isolating as household contacts

We have a current roll of 310 so 5% of our children have tested positive for Covid this week.

Household contacts testing positive at different times

The Ministry of Health has provided further clarity on when household contacts should isolate.

For households where someone has COVID-19, the Ministry of Health recommends you apply the following guidance.
  • If someone becomes a confirmed COVID-19 case, then that case and all other people in their household must isolate for seven days.
  • If someone else in the household then tests positive for COVID-19 during those seven days:
    • the isolation period for that person only re-sets – that person must isolate for an additional seven days from the day they test positive or symptoms begin
    • other household contacts who do not test positive are still able to leave isolation after the original case has completed their seven days isolation.
  • For the next 10 days after a household completes seven days isolation, evidence shows that due to their exposure to COVID-19 they are less likely to catch or transmit the virus. This means:
    • if someone else in the household tests positive within those 10 days, the whole household will not have to re-isolate, only the positive case
    • if someone else in the household tests positive and it has been more than 10 days since the household completed isolation, household contacts should re-isolate along with the new case for seven days.
  • Any person who has had COVID-19 within the last 90 days/three months will not need to isolate as a household contact unless they become symptomatic and test positive again. This is because reinfection rates for people who have had COVID-19 are low for the three months after they have the virus.
Remember, Day 0 for isolation is the day symptoms began or the day the positive test was taken (whichever came first). You should then count your seven days from there.
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"Doctors" treating a "Patient" in the Hiwa Doctor's Surgery!

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Important Dates

Thursday 14 April Last Day of Term One

Monday 2 May Term Two Starts