- We were notified yesterday afternoon (26/11/21) that a student in our school had tested positive for COVID-19. The student was at school all week except Wednesday.
- The local public health authority is working closely with the student’s family and their household is already isolated at home.
- At this time, we don’t have evidence of any spread of COVID-19 in our school as a result of this case. We followed all our protocols and the parents of the students identified as close contacts, have been identified and are following instructions from the Ministry of Health.
- The students and staff classified as close contact will remain at home and need a negative covid-19 test result before returning to school
- The Ministry of Education are working with us on this response to ensure we get the best advice possible for you, our staff, and students.
- This would include appropriate testing and isolation advice for any other close contacts and casual plus contacts that are identified through the case investigation process and school risk assessment. The likelihood of staff and other students being infected is minimal.
- There is evidence to suggest that children DO NOT infect adults, It is the other way round.
- The school will undergo a thorough cleaning and ventilation before we return to school on Monday 29 November. The school is safe for students and staff to return on this day.
- I will contact you all again as soon as I can with the specific advice from public health but in the meantime, please be reassured that these actions are fully supported by public health and the Ministry of Education.
- I am working closely with the Ministry of Education.
Thanks to Mrs Tuaopepe and our Support Staff for their efforts in staffing the vaccination drive at school on Thursday and Friday. There is another one next Wednesday.
Vaccinate for great family celebrations this festive season.
Vaccinate to keep our children safe.
Manuia le alo atu i le Sāpati ma faa’amanuia atu le Atua.