COVID-19 and Pegasus Bay - our Board policy from Term 2 2022

Our aim is for us all to help slow the spread of the virus and keep our school open.

 

Christchurch is now operating at the Orange setting of the Covid Protection Framework.

 

Please continue to notify us as soon as you can if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or is isolating as a household contact. The absence option on the phone app is the best way to notify us (click here to find out how to get the app) or email absence@pegasusbay.school.nz . Either way, you must let the office know before 9am.

 

We need to know if cases are worsening in our community so we can take appropriate measures at school. At the end of Term 1, we had much lower numbers of children absent due to COVID than other schools in our area, so there is still a risk that our school could be seriously affected in Term 2.

Orange setting - Key points to note:

At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.

We also ask that your child (if they are Year 4+) continue to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask. If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks are worn in classrooms for a time.

At Orange, students aged 12 and above are still required to wear a face mask on school or public transport

We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick.

Only confirmed cases and their household contacts need to self-isolate. Everyone else, including those who may have had close contact with the case but aren’t in the household, must continue to monitor really closely for any symptoms of COVID-19. For more information about what to do if you have COVID-19, see here.

We are looking forward to a few less restrictions and returning to school life that is a bit closer to normal.

Thank you for helping keep our children, our staff and our community safe.

Greg Van Meer

Board Chair

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • A new or worsening cough

  • Sneezing and runny nose

  • A fever

  • Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste

  • Sore throat

  • Shortness of breath

  • Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.

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