Notices

End of Term 1:  Thursday 14 April – Last day of school

Friday 15 April – Good Friday (Public holiday)

Monday 18 April – Easter Monday (Public holiday)

Tuesday 19 April – Easter Tuesday (Public holiday)

School holidays begin – Monday 18 April – Friday 29 April

Term 2 begins Monday 2nd July!!!


 

Changes to isolation requirements:

  • As of 11.59pm Friday 11 March isolation requirements for positive cases of COVID-19 and their household contacts will be reduced from 10days to seven (7) days

Cases of COVID-19

  • Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for seven days.
  • Day 0 is the day symptoms began or the day the test was taken (whichever came first). Cases will isolate for a full seven days and are free to return to normal activities on Day 8, if they are not symptomatic.

Household contacts

  • Household contacts are required to isolate for the same seven days as the case.
  • They can return to their normal activities on the same day as the first case in their household, so long as all test results have been negative, and they are not symptomatic.
  • Household contacts should continue to self-monitor for symptoms up to Day 10.
  • Household contacts will be required to take a self-administered rapid antigen test (RAT) on Day 3 and Day 7 of the case’s isolation period.

If symptoms develop at any time during isolation:

  • the usual advice remains in place to undertake an additional RAT
  • if the test is negative and symptoms persist or worsen, test again 48 hours after that negative test
  • if symptoms resolve there is no need for a further test until the required Day 7 test. If this is negative, they can return to daily life on Day 8.

If a household contact has new symptoms on the day of release:

  • they should undertake an additional RAT and stay at home while unwell
  • if that test is negative and symptoms persist or worsen, test again after 48 hours. If symptoms resolve, there is no need for a further test.

If a household contact has finished their period of isolation they do not need to return to isolation if a new case is identified in their household. However, this only applies for a period of seven days following their leaving isolation.

Should a new household member be confirmed as a case eight or more days after the household contact has left isolation, then they must start a new period of self-isolation for seven days.

General advice 

Anyone that has had COVID-19 or who is a contact of someone who has COVID-19 should avoid attending high-risk settings until ten days have passed since they were infected or exposed to the virus. These will include, for example, aged-care facilities, correctional facilities and hospitals (unless the individual is requiring care).

As always, undertake a rapid antigen test (RAT) if symptomatic. If the RAT is negative and symptoms persist or worsen, you should test again 48 hours after the negative test. If symptoms resolve, there is no need for a further test.

Advice for anyone who is unwell

  • Anyone who is sick should stay home until they are well.
  • When a child has respiratory symptoms, they should stay at home and seek advice from their GP or Healthline. Staying home is key to controlling the spread of any virus in a school setting.
  • Many children will have a long-lasting runny nose or cough after viral infections. If it is over 10 days since the onset of COVID symptoms and they are no longer feeling unwell, they are very unlikely to be infectious and can therefore return to school.
  • However, if they are continuing to feel unwell or their symptoms are worsening after 10 days, they should not return to school and a GP review, or a call to Healthline, is recommended.

A reminder that principals at state and state-integrated schools have authority to preclude a student from attending if they believe, on reasonable grounds, that the student may have a communicable disease.

Please continue to do the following below:

  • Masks – all students are required to wear their mask to school. 
  • Covid Cases – if your child or someone in your household has tested positive, please inform us by either emailing their class teacher or the school office: office.middleschool@sehc.school.nz  this allows us to keep a record of absent students.
  • Learning at home – if your child/ren are isolating at home, learning packs will be dropped off (contactless) & left either in your mailbox or on your doorstep. 

For food assistance, click on the link below for a list of Counties Manukau organizations you can contact directly:

CMH-Website-Food-and-Other-Emergency-Supplies