Thanks everyone for your calm response and patience in this challenging situation.
We want to reassure everyone that we are working closely with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education so that anyone considered at risk of exposure, as a close contact, will be contacted by the Ministry of Health and will be tested. This is happening today.
School will be closed on Friday and a reminder that Monday is Otago Anniversary Day holiday.
The health self-isolation messages are clear. Unless the Ministry of Health has specifically required close contacts to self-isolate people can go about their daily lives. Self isolation is covered here
The health and wellbeing of all of our students, staff and whanau is our first priority.
We are ensuring the school is thoroughly cleaned in accordance with Health guidance.
We know many families will be anxious and want to remind everyone that the symptoms of COVID-19 are: a cough, a high temperature (at least 38 degrees) and shortness of breath. These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
If people have symptoms ring Healthline 0800 358 5453.
It is worth reminding our young people that as a group they are low risk and resilient. But we understand that we are all part of wider whanau and elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions are at a higher risk so anxiety is understandable.
We will continue to make well-informed decisions based on the advice we receive.
Thanks again for your support and understanding.
Kristan Mouat and Peter Hills