What will happen if there is a case of COVID-19 in our school
Stringent self-isolation is needed for those who display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, or are a household close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
As noted recently by Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health:
Our experience in New Zealand and overseas with COVID-19 shows that it does not affect children and teens in the same way it does adults. Children and teens don't become as unwell if they do get infected, and they don't tend to pass the virus on so much as adults when in a classroom setting. Compared to other places, schools and early learning services are not environments where we have seen significant spread of COVID-19. Household members and work colleagues who are in close contact with people with COVID-19, are the most common sources of transmission.
Inevitably, however, when there are cases in the community, they will also appear in schools and early learning services. This is the process that the school will go though if there is a case of Covid.
Notifications from staff, students, parents or caregivers
Will we close the school?
Closing our school is unlikely to happen and will only occur if we are under staffed.
Students are safe at school. Our strong mitigations like good air quality, mask wearing, sanitation, drop off and pick up systems all work well.