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Kia ora koutou parents and caregivers,

I am sure that you have heard the announcement from the Government that the whole of Auckland will move from Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 3 for 7 days from 6am this morning.

Level 3 means stay home to protect your household bubble. Where possible you should keep your children home from school for this period.

We will be open for those of you who have no other options but to send your children to school.

We will activate our distance learning plan tomorrow, so your child’s classroom teacher will be in contact then. Our priority is to stay connected to you and your tamariki.

We will also distribute school owned devices and hard copy material packs tomorrow.

I ask if you could pick these up between 11.00am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-2.30pm.

We ask you to follow these procedures when picking up the devices or hard copy materials:

  • avoid large gatherings around the office area

  • those handing out devices will physically distance using good hand hygiene practices

  • anyone who is unwell must stay at home

Please complete the following survey to indicate if you need to send your child to school and if you need to borrow a school-owned device.

The Secretary of Education has sent information today that this decision was taken for two reasons – first it is not immediately clear how the latest person to test positive got infected and second, that person has visited several large sites while potentially infectious and it will take some time to identify and track down what could be a large number of people.

COVID-19 symptoms can vary a lot with each person, so while we are familiar with the following symptoms:

  • a new or worsening cough

  • fever (at least 38˚C)

  • shortness of breath

  • a sore throat

  • sneezing and runny nose

  • temporary loss of smell.

Some people may present with less typical symptoms such as only one of the following:

  • muscle pain

  • fever

  • diarrhoea

  • headache

  • nausea/vomiting

  • confusion/irritability.

If you or your whānau experience any of these symptoms, please contact your GP or Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice and get tested if advised to do so.

Ngā mihi

Julie Lynch


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