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Update 12th September

You’ll be aware that New Zealand will move to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand. This new approach will only result in minor changes to the way we operate. This is wonderful news for New Zealand and our community. It will mean a shift in procedures and processes for us at school, which we are planning and preparing for.

We are aiming to make some changes to our current morning routine, which will take some time. We will have this designed and communicated with you all before the end of this term for a Term 4 start.  We ask you to support us for the next 3 weeks while we do this by sticking with the current “Drop and Go” system and collecting from the gate where possible, as we have seen real positives for our students who come bouncing into school to start their learning and have grown in independence.

New long-term strategy for COVID-19 explained:

  • The very positive news is that household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, ākonga/students who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend. It is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning, and connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.  Information on how to get RAT kits can be found here:
  • Mask wearing is no longer required however at St Albans School we will have it as optional. This means; staff, students and community members may choose to wear them and we will respect this.
  • All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting our community.




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