HGHS COVID-19 Update 22 March

Hamilton Girls' High School

COVID-19 Update 22 March

Hamilton Girls' High School

COVID-19 Update 22 March

With the announcement that New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact for COVID-19, people over 70 years of age and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel.

Staff, children and young people in schools are therefore asked to follow this advice.  

High risk individuals
While the majority of people who are confirmed with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms, some individuals are at risk of more severe symptoms.

Older people, particularly those with pre-existing health problems are more likely to get severe illness and are therefore considered at risk. High risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:

  • a compromised immune system
  • liver disease
  • cancer
  • kidney disease
  • heart disease
  • diabetes mellitus

 Further information is available at:

We will send out  a separate google questionnaire to request information for our students that have a compromised immune system.

Reminder – schools remain open

 At this stage, we are not expecting widespread school closures. We are planning for temporary closures, like what is happening at Logan Park School but as the World Health Organisation has confirmed, the risk to children remains low and parents should continue to send their kids to schools and early learning centres.

Consequently any decisions about school closures will be made on a case by case basis. In the meantime, unless students are unwell themselves, then parents should keep sending them to schools and early learning centres as these environments continue to be safe and the best place for them to continue their learning.

School transport
We have a number of school bus drivers over 70 years of age and the MOE are working with the bus companies to assess the impacts on school transport. Any impact will be advised to our school tomorrow. 

School Planning
Many of our teachers have already communicated their teaching and learning plan with their classes, but we hope to have a document out by the end of the week with our full school approach to support our learners.  

It is important to note that we will continue to follow our NZQA assessment procedures, and important to ensure that parents and students are familiar with these.  To date, we have not received any updates to the contrary, but will advise you once we have something to share. 

Family Plan
On a final note, our students who feel perfectly healthy need to take the pandemic seriously and follow the instructions that have been shared by many.  Young people and young adults are “not invincible” and it is important that our community embeds this into their whanau conversation and family planning for the NOVID-19 Pandemic.  Our Executive Council Prefects are leading this within school - check their hghs.2020 instagram.  

As a staff, we certainly are heartened by the resilience shown by our school community, and appreciate your continued support.

 

Ngā mihi

Marie Gordon
Principal

This email was sent: 10:48am Sunday March 22, 2020