Welcome back. Term 1 2021 – Covid19 Level 1

Friday 29th February

Kia ora koutou,

We are looking forward to welcoming your tamariki to school on Wednesday 3rd February.
New Zealand remains at Alert level 1 and everyone is doing the right thing to prevent the
spread of COVID-19, so we’re pleased to say it’s business as usual.
With over 100,000 people coming back to New Zealand through managed isolation facilities,
our very low number of community cases is a reflection of the quality of work by the
managed isolation staff and health authorities. Overall, 1.5 million people have now been

Unfortunately, we have to expect COVID cases to emerge but we can be reassured by the
speed, breadth and depth of the health response. As noted by Minister Hipkins, New
Zealand is top equal with Australia in the world as having the highest rates of testing per
positive case. We know that the approaches being taken in the MIQ are at a very tight
forensic level.

According to the Lowy Institute, New Zealand has been ranked the best at responding to the
COVID-19 outbreak out of nearly 100 countries.
We continue to have a large amount of control over how we can prevent the spread of
COVID. For our school we will:

● display QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App, please be vigilant in using
● keep our visitor register, attendance register and timetables up to date
● be monitoring for illness and asking anyone who is unwell to remain at home, or to go
● encourage people with relevant symptoms to seek medical advice through Healthline
or their GP and get tested for COVID if recommended to do so
● reinforce the importance of good hand washing and drying
● reinforce good cough and sneeze etiquette

I can reassure you that we will continue to regularly clean all parts of our school.
Take care and protect yourself, your whānau and your whakapapa.

Ngā mihi,

Jan McDonald