COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

 

Dear parents, caregivers and guardians

 

There is so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19.

Therefore, I want to share with you what will happen if Wesley College were to have a case in our school community.

Please be assured we have been planning for this and we 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, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you

·         If there is a case confirmed of someone in Wesley College, it is likely we will 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 cleaning of the whole school.

·         If Wesley College 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 we have not had a case confirmed at Wesley College, your children are safe here!

Good hygiene is a priority at Wesley, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practicing good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness.

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 Wesley College and our community.

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

20th March 2020

 

Greetings to all in the Wesley College Community

 

The school is briefing students, staff and parents regularly and keeping them informed of developments.

We are strictly following all Government advice, hence why Fiafia night and most sports competitions are postponed for now.

All school activities are being closely scrutinised. On Government advice, sports practices and some other activities can continue, but following carefully laid out protocols.

Please respect and support these decisions as they are in the best interest of your child, whanau and the wider community.

At this stage we are confident we are taking all the right steps, and some obvious disruption apart, school life and learning continues with a smile on it’s face!

 

Should I still be sending my children to school? Yes, children should continue to attend school as normal. This would only change if:

  • A student or staff member at your school was confirmed as having COVID-19, and
  • Your child had had ‘close contact’ with the infected person.*

*Close contact means being face-to-face (less than a metre) with an infected person for longer than 15 minutes. Contacts of close contacts are not considered at risk of catching the virus.

  • If your child is unwell at all and shows any signs of the flu or a cold please keep them at home and seek immediate medical health. Students in the dorms are being monitored very carefully and home will be contacted as soon as necessary if required.
  • Common signs of infection from Covid-19 include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

What can I do to protect my child at school? As with other respiratory illnesses, it’s important you remind your children to practice safe hand, cough and sneeze hygiene to reduce the risk of infection. They should:

  • Frequently and thoroughly wash (with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds) and dry hands. A video on how best to do this is available here. “Nanogirl” Dr Michelle Dickinson (YouTube clip – Nanogirl) has also made an excellent video, aimed at children, showing why hand washing is so important to get rid of viruses.
  • Practice good cough and sneeze hygiene. That means:
    • Maintaining a distance of a metre or more away from other people.
    • Coughing or sneezing into their elbow or a disposable tissue, then putting used tissues in the bin and washing their hands afterwards.
  • Carry disposable tissues in their bags/pockets. Hand sanitiser is also a useful alternative option if soap and water is not readily available.
  • Avoid touching their faces. Viruses can enter the body through the eyes, nose and mouth.

We continue to Pray for everyone effected by this situation and for swift recovery across the globe.

Ngā mihi nui
Dr Brian Evans
ONZM

BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD
Principal

18th March 2020

 

 


Auckland Regional Public Health Service – 04 March 2020.

Schools Resource COVID-19 Information for Parents….
COVID-19_Information for schools fact sheet_2020March04

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