Principal's Update - 23 August 2021
Principal's Update - 23 August 2021
Principal's Update - 23 August 2021

Kia Ora Whanau

As you’ll have seen this afternoon, Auckland will continue to stay in Alert Level 4 until 11:59pm Tuesday 31 August, while the rest New Zealand will stay in Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on Friday 27 August. Further decisions will be made on Friday afternoon for the rest of New Zealand and Monday afternoon for Auckland.

If you have any queries about distance learning, or are still waiting for a device, please contact your son/daughter’s Learning Coach in the first instance or email [email protected]

Everyone’s well being is very important during this period. If your son/daughter or anyone in your household for that matter need to access our pastoral care services please do not hesitate to do so.  Counsellors and our Youth Worker can be contacted via [email protected] or go to the school website if there is someone in particular you wish to get hold of.

The information below is complied by Counties Manukau Health and you may find it useful.

Please stay safe and well in your bubbles.

Counties Manukau Health

Ministry of Health and Unite against Covid 19 websites should be the first source for trusted information.  It is important to remind everyone of the rules we need to follow at Alert level 4 especially as some of these are different with the Delta strain. 

Please ensure your organisations and whaanau regularly check the locations of interest information.  This information is updated several times a day and there are now a significant number of locations across Tamaki Makaurau.  If you, colleagues or whaanau have been at any of these locations of interest, please self-isolate, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and get a covid test.  There is also a new section 70 notice that (18 August) requiring any person who is a household contact of a person who has attended the locations of interest at the times and dates shown, to also isolate until the person who has been at a location of interest, has received a negative day five test.  

There have been new announcements regarding accessing Covid vaccinations, including when our 12-15 year olds can be vaccinated, as the government work to increase the speed of the vaccination rollout programme.  Vaccine information is available on the MoH website and booking on the Book my vaccine website. A commonly asked question is: 

Can whaanau who’ve been vaccinated still get COVID?

Being fully vaccinated gives whaanau a high degree of protection against the Delta strain and even higher degree of protection against severe illness and hospitalisation.  Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine is *88% effective at preventing you from becoming unwell due to the Delta strain and 96% effective at preventing hospitalisation due to Delta.  Please ensure your whaanau and networks understand if you are fully vaccinated, you’re less likely to catch COVID and if you do get infected, you’re less likely to get really sick or die. *Ministry of Health data.

Ngā mihi nui
Dr Brian Evans
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD

This article was originally posted on: August, 23rd 2021