COVID-19 Response

11 March 2022

Dear Family/ Whānau


We are now starting to see whānau who are in self isolation, as members of their households have COVID positive family members. A learner from one of these households has tested positive near the end of their isolation period and remains in isolation.


We have appropriate public health measures in place providing multiple levels of protection for our students. These include:

  • 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.

If your child or family displays any of these symptoms, please keep them at home and get a test and isolate as required.

  • 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.

For more information, go to the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

We won’t be reporting each and every case made known to us. This is because we know, based on the predictions, that those who test positive for Omicron/COVID-19 will only continue to increase until the peak is reached.


All learners who are well and display no symptoms should still continue to attend school, as being at school maintains routine and supports their wellbeing. Children enjoy being with their friends and classmates and we aim for school to continue as normal as possible for them.


If and when we begin to have an impact on our teaching staff, we will then let you know what our plan is - if we can maintain onsite teaching and learning or move to a hybrid method of learning, that is some online and some school based.


Family wellbeing is of importance to us and we encourage you all to get in contact with us should you require support at this time office@stjamescatholic.school.nz. The COVID-19 website has some useful information on what to plan for if you are not currently in isolation and have the opportunity to plan.


During this time, we greatly value and appreciate your support and understanding. Please contact me if you have any questions.



Christine Cosgrove

Acting Principal