Message re Coronavirus

Message re Coronavirus


No doubt you will have been following the news about the coronavirus outbreak.

We are asking parents and caregivers to delay the return to school of any students who have been in China over the holidays and/or have been in contact with someone with coronavirus. If they are well, students who are in this situation will be able to attend school 14 days after they have returned from China or 14 days after the last contact they have had with coronavirus. If they are not well, they must not attend school. Please email if this applies to your child/children. 

The Prime Minister has made the following announcement concerning all foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through mainland China:

“The Government is placing temporary entry restrictions into New Zealand on all foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through mainland China to assist with the containment of the novel coronavirus and to protect New Zealand and the Pacific Islands from the disease.
This will take effect from 2 February and will be in place for up to 14 days. This position will be reviewed every 48 hours.
Any foreign travellers who leave or transit through mainland China after 2 February 2020 (NZ time) will be refused entry to New Zealand.
Any foreign travellers in transit to New Zealand on 2 February 2020 will be subject to enhanced screening on arrival but, pending clearance, will be granted entry to New Zealand.
New Zealand citizens and permanent residents returning to New Zealand will still be able to enter, as will their immediate family members, but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival back in the country.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has also raised its travel advice to New Zealanders for all of mainland China to “Do not travel”, the highest level.”


As always anyone who is unwell should not be at school. If you have a particular health concern about your child please contact your GP and/or Healthline at 0800 611 116 or for medical advice.  

Please check the Ministry of Health website for further information. 

The infection presents similarly to the common cold or influenza and in most cases the treatment is the same. Students may need to be reminded about basic steps to reduce general risk such as cough etiquette, using disposable tissues for sneezes and washing hands.