COVID-19 FAQ

This information is to support our whānau with any Covid-19 queries, and what you need to do.

Firstly, thank you for your understanding and support. We know that Covid is poised to cause disruptions to our lives and work, but we are all doing our best in these ever-changing and difficult times.

Please note that we are not the health experts and if you have specific questions that are not answered here, then I encourage you to contact https://covid19.govt.nz/ for more detailed information and links to further support.

Please also note that this information is subject to change, based on any updated guidelines from the Ministry of Education & Health.

Our school’s health and safety planning for learning under the Red setting contain a number of protections for our students and staff. This includes ventilation of the rooms, mask-wearing, significant reduction in the cross grouping of students and excellent sanitisation processes. South Wellington Intermediate School is a safe place for students and I encourage you to keep sending your children to school.

This means your child will need to isolate. All family members will be close contacts and may also need to isolate. The Ministry of Health will provide more guidance for you. They will contact you once the positive case is determined.

We follow a response plan based on advice and guidance from the Ministry of Education. This involves:

  • Confirming with parents that a child has a confirmed COVID result
  • Help whānau understand the need to self isolate for 7 days (from 11:59 pm Friday, March 11th) if there is a household case of COVID
  • If the child presents at the office as unwell, then we will isolate them in the sickbay while we contact their parents
  • The rest of the school and our community are advised of the case but remain at school

This only applies if they are a household contact of a confirmed case.  If this is true then all members of the household will be required to self isolate for 7  days (from 11:59 pm Friday, March 11th) and get tested on both day 3 and day 7 of this isolation period.  If tests are negative, or symptoms have resolved, then they can return to daily life on day 8.

When needed, we have remote learning programmes in place and ready to roll out using Google Classrooms. We are able to provide printed copies of work for students as well.

No, if you or your child tests positive then please isolate for 7 days.  At the end of the isolation period, if the child is symptom-free, then they are able to return to school.  A negative test is not necessary.

  • Firstly, your child is still able to attend school
  • You and your whānau should continue to watch for symptoms
  • If any develop, get tested immediately
  • Then, stay at home until you receive the result
  • Please keep an eye out for further school communications

Because these are all symptoms of Covid-19 please do not send your child to school. While these may be normal bugs and sniffles that occurs, we encourage you to seek medical advice and undertake a Covid-19 test.

We have a fantastic team of people here, starting with our teachers and support staff, who understand the stress and anxiety students are facing at the moment. They are here to talk and listen. Our Counsellor, Nazli Ozkan is also here to work with students who need support. You can email her directly at nazli.ozkan@swis.school.nz.

We encourage you to focus on the things that they can do to help out. Washing and sanitising hands, wearing a mask and getting tested if required.

The website: www.kidshealth.org.nz has useful advice and guidance as well.

You can also seek further help from:

0800 Kidsline (0800 54 37 54) Free 24/7 phone counselling service for all kids.
for more info please visit www.kidsline.org.nz
Youthline – 0800 37 66 33, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz Offers free 24/7 helpline service
1737 free call or text to speak to a trained counsellor 24/7
What’s up? 0800 942 87 87. Nationwide confidential counselling helpline for children and young people. For more info please visit www.whatsup.org.nz
 
National Anxiety Helpline: 0800 269 4389. 24/7 Confidential and free helpline trained volunteers.
 
PlunketLine- 0800 933 933. A free 24/7 parent helpline and advice service available for all families, whanau and caregivers.
Parent Help- 0800 568 856 for advice and support on all parenting issues. Operating hours are 9am to 9pm Monday to Sunday.

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