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COVID Update

Denise Torrey —

Updated cases for the week


Monday - 7 positive cases and 37 active cases

Tuesday - 3 positive and 20 active cases

Wednesday - 6 positive and 21 active

Thursday- 2 positive and 20 active

As of today 92.2% schools in the Canterbury area have had cases and 17% of the student population.

At this stage we have managed to maintain our bubbles as we have been able to get enough relievers but it is like walking a tightrope. If we have too many staff away and cannot cover them in some way we will close down classes or collaborations but we will inform you quickly if and when this decision is made.

Symptoms and Absences

We are getting more information about possible symptoms of COVID in tamariki - other than the usual ones these include headaches and sore stomachs. These seem to proceed the onset of the virus.

A huge thank you to those keeping tamariki at home with symptoms and letting us know by 8:30am. This has been very helpful.

Remember if you are reporting a positive case or household contact please use the school APP and give your Day 0 dates( onset of symptoms or positive test result)

Changes to the COVID Protection Framework that Impact Schools

We are still in the Red Setting of the COVID Protection Framework but there have been some changes.

The key changes to the COVID-19 Protection Framework impacting schools are:

  • removal of My Vaccine Pass from the framework effective from 11.59pm Monday 4 April (see item below)

  • and from 11.59pm last Friday 25 March:

    • removal of any outdoor capacity limits at all colours of the framework- this will mean you can attend our Cross Country 11am 8 April (as per the newsletter last week)

    • increased capacity limits when indoors at Red, moving from 100 to 200 (but still allowing for one-metre spacing)

    • no requirement to display QR codes at any setting (but be ready to use them again in the future)

    • no need to have alternate check-in systems for COVID-19 beyond your usual visitor register processes

    • no mask requirements when outdoors (but masks remain a requirement indoors for staff and children/students in Years 4-13 when at Red)

What hasn’t changed yet, and we’ll let you know when it has - there are still no non essential visitors on site. So we will carry on with drop off and pick ups.