Lockdown - Alert Level 4 from midnight

Kia ora koutou

As you have no doubt heard, we are now all in Alert Level 4 which means that our school will not be open onsite for the rest of this week, for any students or staff.  This follows someone being identified with COVID-19 and who has been in the Auckland and Coromandel communities while believed to be infectious. 

It is really important we do everything we can to keep our community safe.  Alert Level 4 means we need to stay home in our bubbles and avoid any travelling as much as possible.  Supermarkets, pharmacies, foodbanks and other essential services will be open – but remember to wear a face covering if you are out and about (even a scarf wrapped around your mouth and nose will help).  Check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go and please also keep a distance from people you don’t know and wash your hands well and often, especially before and after using any public facilities. 

With such short notice we weren’t able to hand out devices or hard packs to students in order to support distance learning.  Students are encouraged to check their school email for any communication from their teachers to support learning from home.  However, also be aware that staff, unlike last time, have not had the time to prepare for this, and may have critical resources left at school which they cannot access.  I am hopeful that if we remain in Alert Level 4 for longer than the rest of this week, exemptions may be granted for teachers to access the site, and for devices to be distributed to students who require them.

Please go to the Ministry of Health website if you have recently visited Auckland or the Coromandel region.  There is a list of locations the confirmed case has visited while they were considered to be infectious.  If you were at one of those locations and at the same time as specified on the website, then please follow the relevant instructions to isolate and potentially to get tested. Please keep checking that webpage as new locations may be identified over time.

Our focus as always will be to support the learning, safety and wellbeing of our young people and we continue to be here to support you as well.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teachers or me, if there is something you need assistance with.  As more information comes to hand, I will communicate with you over the next few days.

Pō marie,
Tony Booker


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