13 September 2022


Kia ora Whānau mai o te kura Westshore,

New long-term strategy for COVID-19


You’ll be aware that New Zealand will move to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand.


This new approach will only result in minor changes to the way we operate.


The very positive news is that household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, ākonga who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend. It is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning, and connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.


Information on how to get RAT kits can be found here: Request a RAT– Ministry of Health  


Mask wearing is no longer required.


All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.


Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting our community.


Noho ora mai


Martin Madden



Update: 08.06.2022

Kia ora Whānau mai o te kura Westshore,

There has been an increasing number of COVID-19, influenza and other viruses circulating in our community therefore the school has made the decision to re-introduce the wearing of masks for all students Y3 and above while in rooms, until further notice. Further to this, there will be a stronger emphasis placed on students using cough etiquette and hand hygiene, as this will help to reduce the spread to other people.


If your child is unwell:

Test for COVID-19 using a RAT. and if they test positive upload the result to your “My Covid Record” and follow the Ministry of Health advice.

Stay at home if unwell as winter viruses are very infectious. Return to school when symptoms have resolved. This is after 48 hours.

If your child is going to be absent from school or late it is hugely important that you contact the school office and let us know. We have to account for every child every day as their safety is paramount.

We understand this is a difficult time for everyone as parents and caregivers may have to work however we cannot have student coming to school unwell.


Staff Wellness during the winter months

It is not just the children who become unwell, staff also are exposed to the illnesses that are going through the school. If staff are unwell, we will do our best to get a reliever into the class however relievers are in very short supply. There may be times over the coming months where we will need to split or join classes together to see us through.


The Ministry of Health has warned us that they are expecting a significant increase in influenza numbers this winter. Your support by following the above information will go a long way to assist our school to get through this difficult time as best as possible.


The Westshore School Team.