Kia ora koutou, Hello to you all,

 With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.

  • As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform me about this, and we will work together to get a quick and clear message out to you.
  • If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.
  • If our school does need to close temporarily, we have a plan in place to support student’s learning.

We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here.

Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practising good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness. As a school, the Board will from next week be offering ‘FRUIT’ in our school so that every child has fresh fruit everyday. We know eating well, exercise and water will help our children. We are also making a communication tree so that our staff and Board can keep in touch with you during this stressful time. We will send you regular emails, update our webpage, use our School Apps page as well as our Facebook page to keep you up to date.

We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community.   

All our Blessings to you all, 

Keep well and continue to LIVE, LOVE the MERCY Way

Caroline, the Staff and the Board of Trustees.

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