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COVID-19 Updates

 
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COVID-19 UPDATE #14

Friday 29 April (posted 1.45pm)

 

Kia ora koutou,
 
We are looking forward to all students returning to school for the start of Term 2 on Monday 2 May. Period 1 starts at the usual time of 8.40am.
 
Based on current expected staffing, we do not intend to carry on rostering home. We will keep monitoring that closely and let you know if that changes.
 
Here is a reminder of what Traffic Light Orange settings mean for our school:
 
  • At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However public health advice is that masks continue to be STRONGLY ENCOURAGED when indoors.
  • We strongly encourage the continued use of face masks by students at school. Your child should continue to bring a mask to school every day as there may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask at some events – for example, we hope to return to regular year level assemblies from week 2.
  • Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.
  • BUSES: At Orange, students are still REQUIRED to wear a face mask on school or public transport.
We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick.
 
On Monday we will welcome our new Principal, Bruce Kearney. A mihi whakatau will occur in the Hall at 10.00am. This was planned before the move to Orange, so only a small number of staff and students will attend.
 
We are looking forward to returning to school life that is a bit closer to normal.
 
Ngā mihi,
 
Chris Quigley
Deputy Principal

 


 

COVID-19 UPDATE #13

Wednesday 13 April (posted 5.30pm)

 
Kia ora koutou,
 
You’ll be aware that Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has announced the move to Orange at 11:59pm tonight.
 
The decision to move to Orange has been made on public health advice and reflects that we are moving past the peak of cases and our health system is able to cope. We are seeing that cases are declining due to high levels of vaccination and natural immunity after infection.
 
I wanted to give you an update on what the move to Orange means for our school.
 
At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However public health advice is that masks continue to be STRONGLY ENCOURAGED when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.
 
We strongly encourage the continued use of face masks by students at school on the last day of term.
 
Your child should continue to bring a mask to school every day as there may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask – for example, when we are having an assembly in the Hall.
 
At Orange, students aged 12 and above are still REQUIRED to wear a face mask on school or public transport.
 
We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick.
 
We are looking forward to a few less restrictions and returning to school life that is a bit closer to normal.
 
Ngā mihi,
 
Karen Stewart
Principal / Tumuaki

 


 

COVID-19 UPDATE #12

Tuesday 29 March (posted 2.45pm)

 

Kia ora koutou. We hope that you and your whānau are well. Since our last update a week ago we continue to be notified of about 15 confirmed cases per day. Those who have been sick are recovering well and most are returning at the end of their isolation period, on schedule.

 

ROSTERING HOME

 

To support our ability to staff the school, we will continue with the rostering home of year levels until the end of this term as per the table below.

 

Additionally, on MONDAY 4 APRIL students at ALL year levels will be rostered home for online learning to allow teaching staff time to follow-up on upcoming end-of-term senior assessments with students. We expect all students to use this day to work on assessments that are due in the next two weeks. 

 

Thursday 31 March

Year 11 rostered home

Friday 1 April

Year 10 rostered home

Monday 4 April

All students (Year 9-13) rostered home

Tuesday 5 April

Year 12 rostered home

Wednesday 6 April

Year 9 rostered home

Thursday 7 April

Year 11 rostered home

Friday 8 April

Year 10 rostered home

Monday 11 April

Year 13 rostered home

Tuesday 12 April

Year 12 rostered home

Wednesday 13 April

Year 9 rostered home

Thursday 14 April

Year 11 rostered home

 

FOR YEAR 9 STUDENTS: If you have an under 14 year old Year 9 student who will require on-site supervision by a day reliever on a day they are rostered home (that is 4, 6, 13 April), please fill out the form here. You only need to use this form if you require on-site supervision for your child. Note, we have cleared this form of earlier responses, so please use it to indicate the days when your under 14 year old Year 9 student will require on-site supervision. Should it be needed, we will make provision for bus transport on Monday 4 April.

 

Students in year levels not rostered home are expected at school as usual. Buses will continue to run as normal. Of course, this is also dependent on the availability of the bus company’s drivers.

 

Courses for junior Module B will now begin on Tuesday 5 April. 

 

We are confident we have a plan that will keep us open and see us through until the end of Term 1. Thank you for your support of our school and our staff at this challenging time.

 

SCHOOL SPORT

 

Please also note that the vaccination mandates around sporting and cultural activities have been lifted. The two key points from School Sport NZ are:

  • All students will be eligible to participate in school sport activities regardless of vaccination status. Standard eligibility criteria set by the organiser of events will still be in place. Students can not be asked for proof of vaccination status when participating for a school representative team.
  • Students who are in a school-organised team, group or individual activity cannot be asked for a vaccine pass and must be treated by the activity organiser or venue operator as if they were vaccinated.

Ngā Mihi, rā

 

Karen Stewart

Principal / Tumuaki

 


 

COVID-19 UPDATE #11

Tuesday 22 March (posted 1.30pm)

 

Kia ora koutou,

 

We hope that you and your whānau are well. Since our last update a week ago we have been notified of 12-17 confirmed cases per day.

 

Rostering Home from 24-30 March:

 

We will continue with rostering home for the next five school days. We will evaluate the situation before Wednesday 30 March and advise you that day whether rostering home will continue. The rostering home plan is:

 

Thursday 24 March = YEAR 11 students rostered home to work online

 

Friday 25 March = YEAR 10 students rostered home to work online

We have not been notified of any Year 10 students under 14 years of age who require on-site supervision. If your under 14 year old Year 10 student requires supervision on-site by day relievers, please fill out the form here.

 

Monday 28 March = YEAR 13 students rostered home to work online

 

Tuesday 29 March = YEAR 12 students rostered home to work online

 

Wednesday 30 March = YEAR 9 students rostered home to work online

Unless under 14 years, and need to attend to be supervised on-site by day relievers. If your under 14 year old Year 9 student requires supervision at school,please fill out the form here.

 

Students in year levels not rostered home are expected at school as usual.  Buses will continue to run as normal. Of course, this is also dependent on the availability of the bus company’s drivers.

 

Wānanga Check and Connect Day (interviews)

 

Regrettably this event, planned for Thursday 31 March, has now been cancelled. Staff absence and the complexity of conducting and organising online interviews has made it apparent that the quality of the interviewing was going to be compromised. This is a decision that we have not make lightly but in the circumstances we are faced with, it is the right decision.

 

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs)

 

The Ministry of Education has provided us with a limited number of RATs.  These are for us to issue to students and staff who present with symptoms during the school day and need to go home - they will take the test home with them when they sign out from sick bay. Please note we will not be administering RATs here at school. 

 

Non-Uniform Fundraiser Day on Friday 25 March

 

Our ‘Paint it Red’ day will occur on Friday 25 March. Students are not required to wear uniform on this day, but we ask that (if possible) they dress in red and white and bring a gold coin donation to support our fundraising for Tonga tsunami support. Note, Year 10 are rostered home on that day.

 

Waimakariri District Council’s survey of migrants 

 

Carolyn Boswell is a Community Development Facilitator at the Waimakariri District Council. She holds the migrants portfolio on the Council’s Community Team. Migrants are a key part of our community and moving to a new country and culture can be daunting. Carolyn is keen to hear about people’s experiences moving to the Waimakariri District so that she is in a better position to assist and support people settling here. In order to gather as much information as possible, there are two surveys; one for individuals, and one for employers, schools, and organisations supporting migrants. The surveys are now live and run until Monday 4 April. The link to the surveys is https://letstalk.waimakariri.govt.nz/migrant-experiences

 

Thank you for your support of the school at this time.

 

Ngā Mihi, rā

 

Karen Stewart

Principal / Tumuaki

 


 

COVID-19 UPDATE #10

Wednesday 16 March (posted at 10.15am)

 

Kia ora koutou,

 

We hope that you and your whānau are well. As you well know COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives.


Case Numbers:

 

Since our last update on Wednesday 9 March we continue to be notified of 8-9 confirmed cases per day. Yesterday there were 16 confirmed cases. There are significant numbers of household contacts.

 

Rostering Home from 17-23 March:

 

We are now at the point where staff absence means we cannot staff all classes. We have 18 staff absent today. We have made the decision to move to rostering home for the next five school days. We will evaluate the situation on Wednesday 23 March and advise you that evening whether rostering home will continue. The rostering home plan is as published last week:

 

Thursday 17 March = YEAR 11 students rostered home to work online

 

Friday 18 March = YEAR 10 students rostered home to work online

We have not been notified of any Year 10 students under 14 years of age who require on-site supervision. If your under 14 year old Year 10 student requires supervision on-site by day relievers,please fill out the form here.

 

Monday 21 March = YEAR 13 students rostered home to work online

 

Tuesday 22 March = YEAR 12 students rostered home to work online

 

Wednesday 23 March = YEAR 9 students rostered home to work online

Unless under 14 years, and need to attend to be supervised on-site by day relievers. If your under 14 year old Year 9 student requires supervision at school, please fill out the form here.

 

Students in year levels not rostered home are expected at school as usual.  Buses will continue to run as normal. Of course, this is also dependent on the availability of the bus company’s drivers.

 

Thank you for your support of the school at this time. We are working hard to ensure we can remain open.

 

Ngā Mihi, rā

 

Karen Stewart

Principal / Tumuaki 

 


 

COVID-19 UPDATE #9

Wednesday 9 March 2022 (posted at 3.00pm)

 

Kia ora koutou,

 

We hope that you and your whānau are well. As you well know COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives. We are sending out this letter earlier than planned as we want to ensure that you are aware of our planning for the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Case Numbers:

 

Since our last update on Thursday 3 March we continue to be notified of an average of 9 confirmed cases per day. Already last week we have seen people who have been either a household contact or have had COVID-19 returning to school. Today we have been notified of 6 cases.

 

Attendance Rates:

 

It is pleasing to see that our attendance rates have remained constant as people get used to living with COVID-19. Yesterday’s school attendance rate was just over 73%. It is important that those students who are well attend school. This is an important time of the year, particularly for Years 11-13 as NCEA assessments are underway.

NCEA Assessment:

 

NZQA has very strict rules around completing internal assessments. Current rules provide flexibility for assessment to continue for students who are away for NZQA approved reasons (such as bereavement or notified medical reasons) or who are isolating as Household Contacts.  

 

However, in accordance with NZQA rules, students who are choosing not to attend, put their ability to complete internal assessments at risk.

 

Please be aware that while in-person on-site teaching continues, there will be limited feedback for students who are choosing not to attend.

 

Staff Availability:

 

We continue to monitor the situation closely. A key factor for us is the number of staff who are home isolating because they are household contacts, have COVID-19 and other illness, and staff who require relief because of essential assessment-related activities. We are also closely monitoring the availability of day relief teachers. Our ability to staff the school is a key determiner of when we take our next step.

 

Year 13 Classes:

 

Looking at the rest of this week and next week we have already made the decision that where a teacher is away and has a timetabled Year 13 class, a reliever will not be provided to supervise any Year 13 class. A teacher will check in, take the roll and provide the work for the Year 13s to work on independently. I know we can trust our Year 13 students to work responsibly.

 

Possibility of Rostering Home:

 

If COVID-19 spreads more rapidly than it has here in North Canterbury and we find that we are unable to cover Year 9-12 classes we will move to students being rostered home by year level to work online. We wanted to inform you in advance of what this would look like should we have to make this decision due to teacher and day reliever unavailability. 

 

The rostering home plan, should we need to use it, will be as follows: 

 

Mondays = Year 13 rostered home to work online

 

Tuesdays = Year 12 rostered home to work online

 

Wednesdays = Year 9 rostered home to work online

(unless under 14 years, and need to attend to be supervised on-site by day relievers)

 

Thursdays = Year 11 rostered home to work online

 

Fridays = Year 10 rostered home to work online

(unless under 14 years, and need to attend to be supervised on-site by day relievers - about 10% of our Year 10 cohort are currently under 14 years of age)

 

A change to rostering home may occur very quickly, perhaps even over the weekend. We will text you to ask you to look at your emails. We will also update the website and notify via our Facebook page. 

 

Buses:

 

If the school moves to rostering home all buses will continue to run as normal. Of course, this is also dependent on the availability of the bus company’s drivers.

 

Survey of Year 9-10 Parents/Whānau:

 

Finally, to help us with our planning, we ask parents of Year 9 and 10 to please fill out the form here if you will be sending your under 14 years of age child to school for supervision on the day they are rostered to work online at home.

 

Ngā Mihi, rā

 

Karen Stewart

Principal / Tumuaki

 


 

COVID-19 DAILY UPDATE #8

Thursday 3 March 2022 (posted at 4.30pm)
 
Kia ora koutou,
 
The welfare of our students is always top of mind. With the deeply sad events unfolding in the Ukraine, we are mindful that this may be having an impact on some of our students, especially those who are from, and have family and friends in the Ukraine and Russia. This is also being heavily covered in the media, and the reporting and content has been very harrowing and may cause anxiety for our wider student community.
 
Kindness and respect for our students who may have European connections is especially important in these very challenging times. I want you to know our school has support in place for students who may be impacted, and we encourage anyone with concerns about the safety and wellbeing of a student to contact us.
 
Extra Curricular Activities:
We are aware that there are changes in the near future around student participation in school organised sporting and cultural activities. These upcoming changes may also provide guidance on access for students from other schools to our kura and access to sport and cultural activities for all students, regardless of their vaccination status. We are awaiting confirmation of details from the Ministry of Education and School Sport New Zealand around this, and until such time, we are required to follow the current processes and practices.
 
Case Numbers:
We are aware there are rumours of large numbers of confirmed cases here at Rangiora High School. Please be assured that this is not the case. Today our new case numbers were 11. As our new case numbers remain low we are going to move back to a weekly update on a Friday, starting on 11 March.
 
Ngā Mihi, rā
 
Karen Stewart
Principal / Tumuaki
 

 

COVID-19 DAILY UPDATE #7

Wednesday 2 March 2022 (posted 3.00pm)

 

Kia ora koutou,

 

School is currently open and classes are continuing as normal:

Our attendance rates are up on last week and, at the moment, we are able to staff the school and the buses are running as normal. We may send a final 4.00pm update tomorrow.

 

Stay home if unwell:

As COVID-19 is prevalent in our community, please be vigilant. If your child has COVID-19 symptoms, please keep them home and organise for them to be tested. Please let the school office know, as usual.

 

Drive-through COVID-19 Testing Station opening in Rangiora:

The CDHB is opening a drive-through testing station at the Waimakariri Hockey Turf (291 Coldstream Road, Rangiora) on Thursday 3 March. The opening hours are 9.00am-3.00pm, seven days a week.

 

This facility is drive-through only and will be providing RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) collection only at this time.

 

People are advised to attend only if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they are a household contact of a known case, or they have been advised to get tested by a health professional.

 

Working from home:

While school is operating as normal for the majority of our students, we are providing work through Google Classroom for the small number of students who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who are isolating because they are a household contact, or who have a diagnosed medical condition.


If your child is a household contact, asymptomatic or well enough, it is important that they engage with and complete the work that their teachers are providing through Google Classroom.

 

Please be aware that while in-person on-site teaching continues, there will be limited feedback for students who are not on-site.

 

Help for whānau who are self-isolating:

Many people will be able to self-isolate with help from whānau, family and friends, but there is help available for whānau who need it.  You can visit this website..

https://workandincome.govt.nz/covid-19/self-isolation-forms/index.html

 

The Work and Income website linked above has an online form to let them know how they can help you. Help is available in the form of:

- money to pay for urgent and essential costs, like food, medicine, and some bills

- things that are needed to be delivered

 

Case update:

The notification of confirmed cases at RHS continues to track in single figures each day. Confirmed cases are self-isolating.

 

We may send a final 4.00pm update tomorrow.

 

Ngā Mihi, rā

 

Karen Stewart

Principal / Tumuaki

 


 

COVID-19 DAILY UPDATE #6

Tuesday 1 March 2022 (posted 3.50pm)
 
Kia ora koutou,
 
Self-isolation – what type of contact are you?
Since Phase 3 of the government’s COVID-19 response plan came into place at 11:59pm on 24 February, only confirmed cases and their household contacts are required to isolate.
 
All other contacts are now asked to monitor symptoms, but do not have to isolate. Confirmed cases and household contacts should isolate for 10 days, but can now self-release after day 10, provided they have no new or worsening symptoms and meet any testing requirements.
 
An updated guide regarding self-isolation can be found here:
https://covid19.govt.nz/isolation-and-care/how-to-self-isolate/#when-you-are-a-close-contact
 
The link below is a useful graphic as to what type of contact you are:
https://covid19.govt.nz/assets/resources/social-media/UAC_what-type-of-contact-are-you.png
 
Stay home if unwell:
As COVID-19 is prevalent in our community, please be vigilant. If your child has COVID-19 symptoms, please keep them home and organise for them to be tested. Please let the school office know, as usual.
 
Working from home:
While school is operating as normal for the majority of our students, we are providing work through Google Classroom for the small number of students (about 30) who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who are isolating because they are a household contact, or who have a diagnosed medical condition. 
 
If your child is a household contact, asymptomatic or well enough, it is important that they engage with and complete the work that their teachers are providing through Google Classroom.
 
Please be aware that while in-person on-site teaching continues, there will be limited feedback for students who are not on-site.
 
Case update:
Schools across New Zealand are now reporting COVID-19 cases. Rangiora High School has been notified of three more confirmed COVID-19 cases today. These cases are self-isolating. We continue to manage the situation in the best interests of students.
 
Ngā Mihi, rā
 
Karen Stewart
Principal / Tumuaki
 

 

COVID-19 DAILY UPDATE #5

Monday 28 February 2022 (posted at 4.15pm)
 
Kia ora koutou,
 
School is currently open and classes are continuing as normal:
It was pleasing to see that our attendance figures have gone up today and that a number of students, having completed their isolation period, have returned to school today. 
 
At the moment we are able to staff the school and buses are running as normal. We will continue to notify you through this 4.00pm daily update of any changes to this situation. 
 
Stay home if unwell:
As COVID-19 is prevalent in our community, please be vigilant. If your child has COVID-19 symptoms, please keep them home and organise for them to be tested. Please let the school office know as usual.
 
Working from home:
While school is operating as normal for the majority of our students, we are providing work through Google Classroom for the small number of students (about 30) who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who are isolating because they are a household contact, or who have a diagnosed medical condition. 
 
If your child is a household contact, asymptomatic or well enough, it is important that they engage with and complete the work that their teachers are providing through Google Classroom.
 
Please be aware that while in-person on-site teaching continues, there will be limited feedback for students who are not on-site.
 
Case update:
Schools across New Zealand are now reporting COVID-19 cases. Rangiora High School has been notified of three more confirmed COVID-19 cases today. We continue to manage the situation in the best interests of students.
 
Ngā Mihi, rā
 
Karen Stewart
Principal / Tumuaki
 

 

COVID-19 DAILY UPDATE #4

Friday 25 February 2022 (posted 3.05pm)

 

Kia ora koutou,

 

Confirmed Cases:

As of today, we have now been notified of 23 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. We have completed the contact tracing process for all of these cases and all close contacts have been advised. All of these cases are self-isolating.

 

Wānanga Check and Connect Day:

We have moved this parent/student/teacher interview day from Thursday 10 March to Thursday 31 March. We have yet to decide on the format. It may be online only.

 

Online Learning:

If your child is isolating at home and is not unwell they should be engaging with online learning. Work is available through Google Classrooms. 

 

Move to Phase 3:

New Zealand’s COVID-19 response continues amid much larger numbers of daily cases. You may well have seen the headlines in the media about the numbers of cases being seen in schools. Please don’t be alarmed by this. It is only natural as cases in our community increase, they will appear in our school. We have really good systems in place to respond to this and to keep any spread of the virus – should it appear – to a minimum. 

 

You may have seen Dr Jin Russell in the media noting research from New South Wales about their recent Omicron outbreak showing that spread within the school setting is very low (less than 4% of cases at school infected someone else when at school). We have seen that in New Zealand too. Here is the link to that research:

https://www.ncirs.org.au/sites/default/files/2022-02/NCIRS_NSW_Schools_COVID_Summary_Term_4_2021_Report%20-%2018-02-2022_FINAL_1.pdf

 

This is why we remain open at traffic light Red. It’s great for a child’s wellbeing and learning to be at school with their friends and school staff, and we have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

 

Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.

 

With Phase 3 of the Omicron response, the key change is that it is only confirmed cases and their household contacts who need to self-isolate. Everyone else, including those who may have had close contact with the case but aren’t in the household, must continue to monitor really closely for any symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are now being used to diagnose COVID-19 as well as PCR tests. This means that you will get an almost immediate test result back if a RAT is used. 

 

If anyone in your family is confirmed as having COVID-19, you will be asked to notify your close contacts yourself. Please get in touch with us as soon as you can if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Transmission of COVID-19 is still most likely to happen in your home – so please keep doing all those good things to keep your whānau safe. Wash your hands, get lots of fresh air, cover any coughs and sneezes, clean surfaces regularly, and seek advice if anyone is not feeling well. And please wear a mask when you are out and about. There is information online to help your family prepare to isolate if you need to. Please visit this link:

https://covid19.govt.nz/prepare-and-stay-safe/preparing-to-self-isolate/

 

The most important advice we can give to keep your whānau safe is to act as if you have COVID-19. More than a third of people who have COVID-19 will not have any symptoms if they have had three doses of the vaccine. Please think about who you visit and what health measures you can put in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

 

Getting three doses of the vaccine will really help you to do that. Research has shown that compared with being unvaccinated, three doses of the vaccine will mean you are 67% less likely to be infected with Omicron and 97% less likely to get Delta. If you can’t get COVID you can’t pass it on.

 

Finally, we know how hard the impacts on COVID-19 have been for many families in New Zealand. If you know of a family in your community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support. Help is available here:

https://covid19.health.nz/advice/help-available

 

If you have any concerns about sending your child to school, please do get in touch. We are here to help.

 

Ngā Mihi, rā

 

Karen Stewart

Principal / Tumuaki

 


 

COVID-19 DAILY UPDATE #3

Thursday 24 February 2022 (posted at 3.50pm)
 

Kia ora koutou,

 

Confirmed Cases:

As of today, we have now been notified of 22 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. We have completed the contact tracing process for all of these cases and all close contacts have been advised. All of these cases are self-isolating.

 

Move to Phase 3 tonight:

At 11.59pm tonight, New Zealand moves to Phase 3 of the red traffic light settings. You can find more information about what this means here: 

https://covid19.govt.nz/prepare-and-stay-safe/about-covid-19/our-response-to-omicron/#about-phase-3

 

At Phase 3, Close Contacts no longer need to isolate. If your child gets a notification from school or through the NZ COVID Tracer app that they are a Close Contact, you and they should monitor their symptoms for 10 days. If they develop symptoms, they will need to have a test, and should isolate until the result comes through.

 

Note that from tomorrow, Friday 25 February, if you are currently a Close Contact and are part way through your isolation, you do not need to complete your 10 days isolation and you will be permitted to leave isolation and return to school. You do not need to get a negative COVID-19 test.

 

At Phase 3 if someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, you are all considered a Household Contact and will need to isolate for 10 days. Each of you must get a test on Day 3 and Day 10 of your isolation. If one of you develops symptoms you should get a test sooner. If you are a Household Contact and you test positive, you will need to isolate for a further 10 days from the date of your positive test.

 

Reminder of shorter school day tomorrow:

As per our email to parents on 11 February, this is another quick reminder that lessons end at 12.15pm tomorrow, Friday 25 February. Buses will run earlier tomorrow afternoon. The PPTA has called a nationwide union meeting. Details of how tomorrow operates at RHS can be found on our website here:

https://www.rangiorahigh.school.nz/news-events/ppta-union-meeting-25-february-__I.35196

 

Ngā Mihi, rā

 

Karen Stewart

Principal / Tumuaki

 


 

COVID-19 DAILY UPDATE #2

Wednesday 23 February 2022 (posted at 4.30pm)

Kia ora koutou,

Confirmed Cases:
As of today, we now have 16 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. We have completed the contact tracing process for all of these cases and all close contacts have been advised.

Changes to the Contact Tracing System:
The Ministry of Education notified us late yesterday of the following changes to the contact tracing system:
  • There is no longer a two-hour limit in situations where a positive case has been wearing a mask. Where the positive case has been wearing a mask, close contacts are where there may have been direct contact with respiratory secretions (for example, kissing, spitting, hongi, sharing cigarettes or vapes, singing, shouting, coughing, sneezing, contact sports or physical play in close proximity).
  • Those who have not received a result from their day five test can return to their school on day 11 if they are showing no symptoms. Please note that if a student or staff member has been identified as a household close contact of a case, they must receive their negative day eight test prior to return to school.
  • The Ministry of Health has reminded testing stations that anyone identified as a close contact is still required to get tested, regardless of whether they are symptomatic.
Reminder of shorter school day this Friday:
As per our email to parents on 11 February, this is a quick reminder that lessons end at 12.15pm this Friday, 25 February. Buses will run earlier that afternoon. The PPTA has called a nationwide union meeting. Details of how Friday operates at RHS can be found on our website here:
https://www.rangiorahigh.school.nz/news-events/ppta-union-meeting-25-february-__I.35196

Apology re yesterday’s Daily Update:
Some Daily Update emails failed to send yesterday due to a technical issue in our bulk email sending software. We have now resolved the issue. Please ensure your spam filter and other email settings let emails from us through to your inbox.

Ngā Mihi, rā

Karen Stewart
Principal / Tumuaki
 

 

COVID-19 DAILY UPDATE #1

Tuesday 22 February 2022 (posted at 4.15pm)
 

Kia ora koutou,


This is our first daily update. At around 4.00pm each day we will endeavour to send out a brief email update to let you know where things are at. You may receive other emails during the day to advise if your child is a close contact.


Confirmed Cases

As of today, we now have 14 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. We are currently working on the contact tracing for two of these cases.


Mask wearing on buses

We cannot stress enough that students MUST wear their masks on buses AT ALL TIMES. It is not easy for the bus driver to monitor whether masks are being worn while driving. Please have this conversation with your child/ren and impress on them the importance of this requirement.


Close contact notification

This will either come from the school via email or from the Ministry of Health. We are aware that students who have tested positive have messaged their friends to tell them they will be close contacts. Just because a student is in a classroom with someone who has been confirmed positive it doesn't necessarily make them a close contact. There are time/venue/mask/type of activity/length of time factors that are considered in identifying close contacts.


Students isolating at home

If your child is isolating at home and is not sick, please encourage them to check their emails and remain connected to their Google Classrooms for each of their subjects. Our teachers are providing work online so students do not get behind with their learning programmes. If you have any technical difficulties, please email their Dean.


Ngā Mihi, rā


Karen Stewart

Principal / Tumuaki

 

 

COVID-19 NEWSLETTER

Tuesday 22 February 2022 (posted at 11.30am)
 
Please click on the link below to view today's COVID-19 Newsletter:
 

 

UPDATE ON SIX POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES AT RHS

Sunday 20 February 2022 (posted at 5.25pm)
 
Kia ora koutou,
 
We have now completed a thorough contact tracing process, using the tool supplied to us by the Ministries of Education and Health, on the six positive COVID-19 cases at our school. This process has generated a number close contacts at school, many of whom were already identified as close contacts yesterday. These students' families have already received a specific email informing them of this classification and what action they need to take.
 
As per our earlier emails, unless identified as a close contact by Ministry of Health officials, your child is able to continue their day-to-day activities at school as normal, with a major emphasis on watching for any symptoms. If any develop, get tested immediately, then stay at home until you receive the result. If your child tests positive, please advise the school by telephoning 03 3118888.
 
School will be operating as normal on Monday 21 February. The school continues to practice good ventilation protocols in indoor spaces. Now more than ever, it is very important that all students wear a mask when indoors and on school buses, and maintain good hygiene practices throughout the day.
 
Thanks again for your ongoing support.
 
Noho ora mai,
 
Karen Stewart
Principal / Tumuaki

 


 

SIX POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES AT RHS

Sunday 20 February 2022 (posted at 2.25pm)
 
Kia ora koutou,
 
This morning we were advised of a third student who has tested positive for COVID-19. All three positive cases are from one household. The cases are in Years 9, 12 and 13. Their infectious period was 14-17 February.
 
Additionally, we are currently working on contact tracing for three more positive cases. We will email the close contacts of these cases as soon as we can. The infectious period for these three additional cases again appears to be last week.
 
For each case we are undertaking a thorough contact tracing process using the tool supplied to us by the Ministries of Education and Health. This third case has generated a small number of close contacts at school. These students' families have already received a specific email informing them of this classification and what action they need to take.
 
We will notify the close contacts of the other three cases as soon as we have finished contact tracing. Please check your email inbox regularly.
 
Unless identified as a close contact by Ministry of Health officials, your child is able to continue their day-to-day activities at school as normal, with a major emphasis on watching for any symptoms. If any develop, get tested immediately, then stay at home until you receive the result. If your child tests positive, please advise the school by telephoning 03 3118888.
 
School will be operating as normal on Monday 21 February.
 
The school continues to practice good ventilation protocols in indoor spaces. Now more than ever, it is very important that all students wear a mask when indoors and on school buses, and maintain good hygiene practices throughout the day.
 
If your whānau hasn’t been vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible. You can book on-line at bookmyvaccine.nz or by calling 0800 28 29 26. It’s free.
 
In these challenging times it is important that we stay calm and remember to be kind to each other. Thank you for your cooperation. If you would like any further clarification, please contact the school by telephoning 03 3118888.
 
Noho ora mai,
 
Karen Stewart
Principal / Tumuaki
 

 

COVID-19 CASES AT RHS

Saturday 19 February 2022 (posted at 3.35pm)
 
Kia ora koutou,
 
Parents and caregivers were texted and emailed earlier today to advise that we were made aware this morning that two of our students have tested as positive cases of COVID-19. We have identified a group of senior students who are most at risk of coming into contact with the positive cases during the infectious period which was Monday 14 February to Thursday 17 February.
 
This morning we have gone through a thorough contact tracing process in consultation with the Ministry of Education which has identified students who are close contacts. These students' families have received a specific email informing them of this classification and what action they need to take.
 
Regrettably, our bulk email to ALL parents (at about 2.25pm) also included an attachment with information for close contacts only. We appreciate this has been confusing for parents. This attachment did not include personal information and had already been sent to those identified as close contacts. We apologise for this error. It has been a stressful day.
 
Unless identified as a close contact, your child is able to continue their day-to-day activities at school as normal, with a major emphasis on watching for any symptoms. School will be open on Monday 21 February.
 
What you need to do....
You and your whānau should watch for symptoms:
- A new or worsening cough
- Sneezing and runny nose
- A fever
- Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
 
Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability. For more information, go to https://covid19.govt.nz/.../about.../covid-19-symptoms/
 
If any develop, get tested immediately, then stay at home until you receive the result
 
If your whānau hasn’t been vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible. You can book on-line at bookmyvaccine.nz or by calling 0800 28 29 26. It’s free.
 
What we’re doing...
The health and wellbeing of our children, staff and community is a top priority.
- School will stay open
- We have appropriate public health measures and cleaning procedures in place.
- If your child hasn't been identified as a contact they can still come to Rangiora High School.
 
I thank you for your cooperation at this difficult time. If you would like any further clarification, please contact the school.
 
Noho ora mai,
 
Karen Stewart
Principal /Tumuaki

T: +64 3 311 8888

F: +64 3 313 8005

admin@rangiorahigh.school.nz 

East Belt

Rangiora 7400

New Zealand

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