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 ofmasksfor 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.
What we require from Parents under the Covid Protection Framework:
Kia ora Whānau mai o te kura Westshore,
You’ll be aware that Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has announced the move to Orange at 11:59pm Wednesday 13th April.
The decision to move to Orange has been made on public health advice and reflects that we are moving past the peak of cases and our health system is able to cope. We are seeing that cases are declining due to high levels of vaccination and natural immunity after infection.
I want to give you an update on what the move to Orange means for our school:
AtOrange, face masks are no longer required at school. However public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds until further notice.
Masks will be available to any student at the start of next term if they wish to wear them. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask, too – for example, if there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks are worn in classrooms for a time.
At Orange, students aged 12 and above are still required to wear a face mask on school or public transport.
We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick.
We are looking forward to a few less restrictions and returning to school life that is a bit closer to normal.