Tēnā koutou e te whānau
I am writing to keep you updated about how our kura (school) is continuing to respond to COVID-19 in New Zealand.
As you may have seen, in the last few days the media has reported a reduction in the number of daily cases.
While we know that cases in kura will rise and fall with that of the level in our community, our health experts tell us that tamariki are much more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 in the community than at kura. We also know that nationally in mid-March no more than 4% of kaiako (teachers) in any seven-day period reported as testing positive. It is currently around 3.5%.
As you know, it’s great for any child’s wellbeing and learning to be at kura with their friends, kaiako and other school staff. You also know that we have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.
This is why we remain open at Red.
I wanted to remind you that in our kura we are keeping the additional layers of protection in place to help prevent or reduce the risk of onward spread.
We know that being fully vaccinated and boosted reduces the risk of severe illness due to COVID-19. We are encouraging all adults in our kura who are working with students to be vaccinated including their booster. If they are eligible, I encourage you to get your child vaccinated, too.
I know that some of you still have questions about this, however, so I’ve included links to a video that answers many of the common questions about the vaccine:
Mask wearing for our ākonga (students) and for adults remains in place in indoor spaces and we are getting lots of fresh air during the day. We also continue to focus on basic hygiene such as washing hands regularly, covering any coughs and sneezes, and cleaning surfaces regularly.
Like the links above, KidsHealth has some other great resources you may be interested in:
From time to time some ākonga will need to isolate at home. This is in line with Government advice and if this happens, we will support them to continue their learning home to minimise any interruption.
According to the Paediatric Society of NZ, in most children COVID-19 is a mild illness. It can be managed by whānau with some simple measures such as keeping fluids up and keeping an eye on your tamaiti (child).
If you have any concerns about sending your tamaiti to school, please get in touch – our team is here to help. We want ākonga to be at school and engaging in learning with their friends.
Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.
Mā te Atua tātou e manaaki
Matua Robin, Tumuaki.