Tamariki Ora

Wednesday 25 May 2022

Māuiuitanga ki te Kura

Mauri Ora e te whānau,

Kura is being extremely affected by colds and flu symptoms with over a third of our students and a number of Kura staff away. It is very important that if your tamaiti is unwell that they remain at home and you notify the tari.

For COVID-19, colds and flus and potentially other illnesses, a tamaiti may continue to have minor but lingering symptoms such as a runny nose or minor cough. Anyone who is sick should stay home until they are well.

If your tamaiti has respiratory symptoms, they should stay at home and seek advice from their GP or Healthline. Staying home is key to controlling the spread of any virus at Kura.

Many tamariki will have a long-lasting runny nose or cough after viral infections. If it has been more than 10 days since the onset of symptoms and they are no longer feeling unwell, they are very unlikely to be infectious and can therefore return to Kura. However, if they are continuing to feel unwell or their symptoms are worsening after 10 days, they should not return to Kura. A GP review or a call to Healthline is recommended.

We are continuing to follow procedures at Kura through ventilating teaching spaces, sanitising, washing hands and cleaning teaching tables often through out the day.

We highly recommend that tamariki, kaimahi and whānau coming on site wear masks when indoors to lessen the spread of viruses.

With our experience of COVID and the pace in which it spread we are expecting the amount of cold and flu illnesses to increase greatly within the coming week.

Kia kaha tātou ki te noho haumaru.

Tamariki Ora – Healthy Child Checks

On 7th June the team from the Department of Māori Indigenous Health Innovation (MIHI) will bring the fifth year medical class to Te Whānau Tahi. The medical students will work in pairs under the supervision of Māori doctors, and child health specialists to apply their hauora Māori learning to complete a number of health checks with tamariki in the kura. Health checks will explore each child’s height, weight, ears, eyes/vision, blood pressure, and breathing as well as chest sounds (heart/lungs). Whānau will be contacted with any important findings, and given advice if other health referrals are needed. All MIHI staff and students attending have been fully vaccinated, and will be wearing N95 masks during the Tamariki Ora health checks. Coming into winter – the MIHI team wanted to share this short video to help inform and guide whānau about the steps to take if tamariki report sore throats to prevent the development of rheumatic fever https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grlt8DnVrr0&t=78s.

Rheumatic Fever Informative Video
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