Please note we are not "health experts" but are aware that the Ministry of Health may be delayed in providing advice and guidance.
What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
Who do we advise if my child tests positive for Covid-19?
Once your child receives a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, please contact email@example.com (anytime) or the Office on 09 4129105 (during school hours) as soon as possible. The sooner parents report confirmed positive cases, the quicker we will be able to gather the information we require.
What happens if I tell the school someone in my household has COVID-19?
It depends on who in your household has tested positive. Once you or a household member receives a confirmed positive COVID-19 result, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (anytime) or the Office on 09 4129105 (during school hours) as soon as possible. Only when a person who attends school is confirmed as positive, do we take action and inform the relevant famil ies of their child’s contact status. However, knowing that a family member is positive gives us a head start in our information gathering process and the team highly appreciates this.
Will you share the details of my child's positive case?
Your family's confidentiality and privacy is our priority. At no point will your child’s details be shared with other children or the community. We are required to provide details to the Ministry of Education and we will only involve members of staff on a need to know basis. We store your information securely and privately.
How do we work out who is a Close Contact?
We will not be determining who is a Close Contact. All students at school will be considered casual contacts.
Please monitor your children for symptoms, there are currently cases in all learning areas of the school.
The school has informed me my child is a Close Contact. What does this mean?
A member of our household is a Close Contact. Can my child still attend school?
Yes, your child is able to attend school, unless they are showing Covid symptoms. If symptoms appear, they will need to isolate and get tested.
We received the letter saying my child is NOT a Close Contact. What do I need to do?
Your child can attend school as normal. The normal rules of watching out for symptoms apply in this situation. If any symptoms develop, please get your child tested, keep them at home until they have received a negative result and have been symptom-free for 24 hours.
My child (or a family/household member) has tested positive for Covid-19. What does this mean?
The person who is positive will need to isolate for 10 days. Everyone in the household will be considered a Close Contact. The Public Health Unit will guide you further.
I have heard about positive Covid-19 cases in the community. Why has the school not communicated this?
The Ministry of Education requirement is that we can only act upon CONFIRMED positive cases of people who attend Riverhead School, and which have been reported to us personally by family or whanau, or the Ministries of Health/Education. Once we have such cases confirmed, we will communicate with the relevant families as soon as possible.
Does the school do a deep-clean after a positive case has been identified as having attended school?
Current evidence suggests that catching COVID-19 from surfaces is not common. However, it is still important to clean surfaces to reduce the risk. Each learning areas will be cleaned in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines.
My child is feeling unwell (eg. cough, headache, sore throat etc). Can I still send them to school?
If your child displays any of the Covid-19 symptoms, please keep them home. Although these may be attributed to a normal cold or allergies, we highly encourage you to get your child tested. Children must be free from any COVID-19 symptoms for 24 hours before they return to school.
Is it safe to send my child to school?
What are you doing to keep my child safe?
My child is anxious or scared. What advice do you have?
My child needs to isolate at home. What support will school provide around teaching and learning?
This will very much depend on how each scenario presents itself, and how many teachers remain healthy. Our main objective is to keep learning going, on-site as much as possible. Our Covid response is built around this and this means that teaching and learning will be fluid and may be offered in different formats. There are 4 main stages and teachers will get in touch to explain which stage of the Learning Delivery Plan will be in place if a learning area has to adapt how it delivers learning.
Riverhead School's Learning Continuity Plan
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