COVID19: Level 3 as of 6.00 a.m. Sunday 28th February

by | Feb 28, 2021

28 February 2021

Kia ora koutou

With further cases confirmed yesterday, the Government announced that the whole of Auckland will move from Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 3 for 7 days hours from 6am this morning. This decision was taken for two reasons – first it is not immediately clear how the latest person to test positive got infected and second, that person has visited several large sites while potentially infectious and it will take some time to identify and track down what could be a large number of people.  This is particularly concerning for our community because all the identified cases and places of interest are local.

Level 3 means stay home to protect your household bubble and if you do have to go out, keep a 2-metre distance from people you don’t know. Where possible you should keep your children home from school for this period. We will activate our distance learning plan. Our priority is to stay connected to you and your tamariki. We will do everything we need to for your children and your whānau. For all of our community, we need to keep ourselves, family and whānau safe. It’s important we follow the rules.

We will be open from 8.15am on Monday 1 March for those of you who have no other options but to send your children to school. We cannot cater for students before 8.15am.  We will have safety precautions in place to look after them when they arrive. There will be no Study Center provision. Can you please let your child’s classroom teacher (or the school through the school’s Admin email)  know if your child will be at school tomorrow morning – so we can all be well prepared.

Chromebooks will be available for collection from school on from 10am until 2.30pm Monday 1 March 2021. When picking up chromebooks please follow these instructions:

  • bring a pen to complete the paperwork required for taking a device 
  • drive into the school and follow the signs directing you to the outside of the School Library
  • stay in your vehicle and a staff member will come out to you
  • let the staff member know your child’s name and room number and whether you are requiring a chromebook or a hard pack of work
  • let the staff member know if you require a hard pack of work instead of a chrome book due to wifi unavailability 

Please follow these instructions so we all work together to keep everyone safe. Please be patient with the staff as they organise the device for your child. 

If you aren’t sure if you have been to a place where someone with COVID has visited – please go to the Ministry of Health website for the ‘Locations of Interest’. Check the date and time of each location listed in the table and if you were there at the same time, go to the right column on the right to see what you need to do.

COVID-19 symptoms can vary a lot with each person, so while we are familiar with the following symptoms:
–   a new or worsening cough
–   fever (at least 38˚C)
–   shortness of breath
–   a sore throat
–   sneezing and runny nose
–   temporary loss of smell.

Some people may present with less typical symptoms such as only one of the following:
–   muscle pain
–   fever
–   diarrhoea
–   headache
–   nausea/vomiting
–   confusion/irritability. 

If you or your whānau experience any of these symptoms, please contact your GP or Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice and get tested if advised to do so. 

It’s all right (and somewhat expected)  to feel ‘over’ this right now. We all know what to do and how to keep ourselves and whanau safe, we have done this before and we will do it again, together.

Please contact us if you have any needs, concerns or questions. We will do our best to help you.  [admin@papint.school.nz]

Ngā mihi

Pauline Cornwell
Principal