Community Covid Update 17 Feb 2022

Tēnā koutou e te whānau

At this stage we have no cases of COVID in our school.

We are wearing masks, practising good hygiene and ventilating our classrooms to reduce the risk.

Thank you to the small number of caregivers who are keeping tamariki at home because they are sick. There are also a handful in our community who aren’t coming to school because there’s a chance that they are a casual contacts with positive cases. Thank you for your caution and your continued communication with us.

In the meantime, we are continuing with our learning programmes – we do have some class visits scheduled for the junior school. Mask wearing and vaccinations reduce the risk to our tamariki, but if the situation changes we will look at alternatives.

We want to reassure everyone that when there are confirmed positive cases in our community we will advise you and keep you in the loop about our next steps. We are working closely with the Ministry of Education and District Health Board to be prepared.

Ultimately, we have a plan that means students can learn online at school or home. When we switch to this plan school will run from 10am to 2pm with a staggered lunchtime. Students will be in a single bubble while they are at school with the same single teacher/adult for the whole time.

At this stage the Governments strategy isn’t to stop infection – slowing the spread is the key. Being vaccinated and boosted seems to reduce the seriousness when we get sick.

We know some of our whānau also have tamariki at Taradale High. We have been in contact with the leadership at Taradale High School. We thank them for sharing their wisdom and wish their community well as they navigate this tricky time.

Finally, please feel free to contact the school with any questions or concerns.

Nāku iti noa

Matua Robin, Tumuaki

 

Contact us By phone on (06) 844 6600 Or you can email us at enquiries@tamatea.school.nz

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