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Covid-19 Update

Andrea Griffin —

As we reach the end of term, we are grateful for your support of our staff and students.

The hybrid model of learning has enabled us to continue ensuring students have access to their learning whilst managing staff and student absence.

We were hopeful that we could return all on-site next week, but we continue to be managing staff and student absences.

Therefore next week the hybrid model will continue to the end of term but we will alter the days to ensure Junior students are on-site for 2 days. Therefore next week:

Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th April - Years 11,12 and 13 on-site only

Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th April - Years 9 and 10 on-site only

We are mindful that for those staff and students returning from having been Covid-positive, they continue to be experiencing a range of symptoms.

The following is a summary from an article from New Zealand’s Science Media Centre about return from Covid-19.

Based on research to date Long COVID is thought to affect 10 to 20 percent of people.

The WHO definition of Long COVID is symptoms after 3 months.

Fatigue is a common symptom of many viral illnesses and a feature of both acute COVID-19 infection and long COVID.

If you have fatigue, muscle weakness, etc, do not ‘push through’. Do not think that you can exercise your way out of this. Commencing exercise too early may increase the risk of long COVID. If you do have symptoms of Long COVID (ongoing, or newly developing symptoms), please seek help.

Caution must be taken to be mindful of new or ongoing symptoms that can fluctuate and affect people in different ways at different times.

The main advice for recovering from Long COVID appears to be:

  • Don’t overdo it – if you feel you need rest, rest.

  • Begin with a very low level of activity, and very slowly increase – interspersed with regular planned breaks throughout the day.

  • Begin with some fun things, and things that won’t matter if you stop for a break.

  • Maintain a healthy diet.

  • Ask for help from friends and family.

  • The current consensus is that exercise should not be undertaken until the individual has been completely symptom-free for at least seven days.

  • When exercise is restarted it is advisable to ease back into it slowly.

  • Adequate sleep, good nutrition, hydration, and social connection are also vital to help you recover well.

It is likely that with further research in NZ and overseas that measures to reduce the impact of Long COVID will become available.

Thursday 14th April is the last day of Term 1. We look forward to starting Term 2 with all students on-site on Monday 2nd May.

Ngā mihi nui

Andrea Griffin

Associate Principal