Covid19 Update 8

2020-05-05

5 May 2020
Kia ora koutou
 
We wanted to give you a quick update on how we are doing under Alert Level 3.
 
Our distance learning is working well. While it will undoubtedly have challenges for you at
home balancing work and care for your children, we are getting a lot of great feedback too. It
is exciting to see the innovation and brilliant stories coming through of what our students,
families and whānau have been up to at home.
 
We were also excited to be able to reopen our premises for staff and students on site last
week and look forward to welcoming more of you in person very soon.
 
We also just wanted to provide some reassurance that our school is a safe place for your
child to be and safe for our staff too.
 
We have closely followed the public health measures that are in place for Alert Level 3.
These were set by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education to minimise spread in the
unlikely event that someone in our community is confirmed with COVID-19.
 
This means our small school bubbles are in place, our staff and students are staying 1 metre
apart inside and 2 metres outside, our cleaning programme fully aligns with Health guidance
and only essential visitors are coming into school. We have systems in place similar to
supermarkets and dairies, to prevent those people from congregating.
 
We have hand sanitiser in classrooms and lots of reminders to students and staff to
undertake good hygiene practices such as good cough and sneeze etiquette, and washing
hands frequently. Most importantly, the children on site are enjoying being back with their
peers, even though it is in quite a different way.
We are currently waiting for further guidance from the Ministry of Health and Education. Still,
we have already started working on what school will look like as we move to level 2. We will
confirm what this looks like as soon as we can.
 
To remind you also that COVID-19 is not an illness that impacts heavily on children and
young people. An article by Dr Gary Payinda in the NZ Herald highlights this:
 

  • The young are less likely to get infected, less likely to get seriously ill, and less likely to spread the infection to others.
  • When kids are affected, the illness is almost always mild. Luckily, unlike flu or many other infectious diseases, children with Covid are not super-spreaders.
  • Covid’s not measles or chickenpox; it doesn’t hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don’t have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their ‘moist breath’ zone.
  • Make hand hygiene a habit - more than being scared of runners passing by, touching groceries, or standing in queues at the supermarket, we should be afraid of our own hands.

You will also be interested to know there have been no confirmed instances of a person with
COVID-19 who never developed symptoms spreading the virus. For more information on
how COVID-19 spreads go to the Ministry of Health website.
 
Staying home if sick, physical distancing, good hand hygiene, not touching your face, proper
cough/sneeze etiquette and regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces minimises any potential
spread of the virus, if we were to have a case in our community. Our school’s health and
safety system are all set up to ensure this happens.
 
The 2020 Year Book. We would love to get some photos of children’s life as distance
learners for our 2020 yearbook. If you have some inspiring images of children learning at
home, participating in different at-home activities during this time. Please email them to Mrs
Yoon at yoon@pakurangaint.school.nz
 
Please get in touch if you have any questions, including about our health and safety
management for children, staff and visitors coming onsite.
 
Ngā mihi