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Update for Waikato Diocesan School Community on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

posted 2 Mar 2020, 12:10 by Debbie Stevens

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
Update for Waikato Diocesan School Community

Kia ora Dio Whānau 

Over the weekend, the Prime Minister announced that the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in New Zealand. As a result, there has been a lot of media coverage on this topic and we want to reinforce that this is a time for facts, not fear.

Here is the current advice to us all:
Everybody should follow the following basic principles to reduce the risk of getting an acute respiratory infection or passing it on to others:
  • regularly washing hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly)
  • covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze
  • staying home if you are sick
  • avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • if you feel unwell you should avoid public gatherings and events
Click here to read more.

In order to get information to our families in the fastest and most efficient manner possible, please ensure your parent/caregiver information is correct and up-to-date.  Please check this information carefully on our Parent Portal, and update it if necessary. Contact our database administrator, Penny Weinberg, should you need any support with the Portal.

We will continue to take advice and guidance from public health authorities and the Ministry of Education on this situation, which at the moment is continuously evolving. Please be assured that we will update you on further important developments, if these occur, through our school communication channels.  

Nāku iti noa, nā

Mary Curran