Mirumiru & IDP Info Update 11 March 2022

March 11th COVID Update

Tēnā koutou e te whānau

I hope this finds all of you managing in these difficult times. We are very mindful that it is a challenge to run a household when some members have had a positive COVID test and the rest of the household has to isolate. Please let us know if we can assist in any way.

Case Numbers to Date

At this stage we have had 37 students and staff members test positive over the last week. A large number are isolating because they are household contacts and there are some students who are learning from home. Around 55% of our students are still attending school in person and are really enjoying their mirumiru (bubbles). We remain open for learning.

Mirumiru Timetable

With numbers of infection continuing to rise, we will be continuing with our mirumiru timetable next week. We will review this again at the end of the week.

Online Learning Devices

Our student survey shows that most have access to a device at home. Those who need a chromebook to help with their online learning at distance should contact Whaea Josie on josieb@tamatea.school.nz to arrange a contactless pickup from the office. Alternatively, those who are housebound can request a chromebook drop off.

Isolation Requirements Update

Many of you will be aware that the government has reduced the number of isolation days from 10 to 7. This starts from midnight tonight. Those currently in isolation will not have to complete their day 8, 9, or 10 of isolation.

If you or someone in your whānau tests positive for Covid 19

If you or your child receive a positive test result the household must isolate for seven days.

Household contacts must test on Day 3 and Day 7.

Returning to school after COVID-19

  • Ākonga (students) who test positive for COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate past seven days, but they shouldn’t return to school if they are still feeling unwell.
  • Ākonga who have been household contacts can also return to school after 7 days isolation if they are not symptomatic.
  • Some tamariki may have long lasting runny nose and cough after viral infections. If it is over 10 days since the start of the COVID infection and they are not feeling unwell, they probably won’t be infectious and can return to school.
  • Anyone who still feels unwell or is getting worse after 10 days should see their doctor.

Whānau Conferences

Next week we had planned to run our IDP (Individual Development Plan) conferences between students, caregivers and teachers. We have decided to cancel these for now in light of the extra pressures that the current COVID infections are placing on our staff and our community. Whānau members, caregivers or parents should still feel free to get in touch with the school about how their student is going.

Thanks to all for your support and patience at this time. We are grateful for those who are keeping us updated with positive tests and household contact numbers.


Mā te Atua tātou e manaaki.

Matua Robin
Tumuaki (Principal)


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

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