COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Level 4 Update 17 AUGUST 2021

Kia ora koutou

The Government has just announced a move to Covid Alert Level 4 from 11.59pm tonight for a period of three days for all of New Zealand and up to seven days for Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula. Everyone needs to stay at home and isolate unless they are on essential business.  Hamilton Girls’ High School will not be open onsite for the next three days for any students or staff.  

We had all hoped 2021 would see an end to such restrictions but with the potential for this to be the Delta variant which is much more transmissible, another full lockdown is the right thing to do so we can get back to the freedom we’ve been enjoying, as quickly as possible.  It is really important we do everything we can to keep our community safe. 

Alert Level 4 means:

  • we need to stay home in our bubbles and avoid any travelling as much as possible.  
  • Supermarkets, pharmacies, foodbanks and other essential services will be open – but remember to wear a face covering if you are out and about (even a scarf wrapped around your mouth and nose will help). 
  • Check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go and please also keep a distance from people you don’t know and wash your hands well and often, especially before and after using any public facilities.

 

Please go to the Ministry of Health website if you live in Auckland or the Coromandel region, or have recently visited there.  There is a list of locations the confirmed case has visited while they were considered to be infectious. If you were at one of those locations and at the same time as specified on the website, then please follow the relevant instructions to isolate and potentially to get tested. Please keep checking that webpage as new locations may be identified over time.

The move to Level 4 means online learning commences again for our students. Whilst not a new experience for the majority of our students, this will be the first time for our year 9 families.  Our staff will communicate with our students via Schoology.  At this stage, our students will not have a set timetable as in school, but she will have the flexibility to choose what gets worked on and when. Your daughter will be encouraged to develop her own work routine. In this initial phase of online learning the key to success is ensuring that all students engage and remain connected.  It may be that our junior students continue to extend their reading mileage if there are challenges with technology.  

Our focus as always will be to support the learning, safety and wellbeing of our rangatahi.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or a member of the Senior Leadership Team, if there is something you need assistance with.

Stay calm, be kind, scan & mask-up!

Ngā mihi

Marie Gordon
Principal