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If Sick, Stay Home

Omokoroa No.1 School —

To stop sickness from spreading, students should stay at home when they are ill.

'If sick, stay home' is the simple message we do our best to promote. 

You can report your child's absence you can notify us through the @school App, phone us on 07 548 755 or email reception@omokoroa.school.nz. Please advise your child's name, room number and reason for absence.

To stop sickness from spreading, students should stay at home when they are ill. How long they should be at home depends on their illness. Anyone with a serious infection/illness should not attend school while they are infectious.

When a teacher notices that a child is unwell in class/school they are required to send them to the office. The admin staff then isolate the child in the sick bay and then contact caregivers to see if they can collect the child from school. We promote hand washing and sanitising hands after each break, cover your coughs and sneezes using a tissue (and disposing of it immediately), or using the inside of your elbow.

Currently there are some tummy/gastro bugs going around school.  Please keep your child at home if they have a sore tummy.

Please read the attached infectious diseases document which includes how long to stay away from school.

COVID-19 symptoms - please keep your child at home.

Symptoms can include one or more of the following:

  • a new or worsening cough
  • sneezing and runny nose
  • a fever
  • temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath.

Less common symptoms may include:

  • diarrhoea
  • headache
  • muscle pain or body aches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • malaise — a general feeling of discomfort, illness or unease
  • chest pain
  • abdominal pain
  • joint pain
  • confusion or irritability.

These less common symptoms almost always occur with one or more of the common symptoms.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are like other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu.

Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.

If you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor, Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your iwi health provider.

Time for symptoms to appear

Symptoms tend to arise around 2 to 5 days after a person is infected, but symptoms can take up to 14 days to show. A person with COVID-19 can pass it on to others from up to 2 days before showing symptoms.

Sometimes people may have COVID-19, but not have any symptoms.