Return to alert level 2
You will have heard today that a student at Papatoetoe High School and her parents, have tested positive for COVID-19 and that from Midnight tonight (Sunday 14th February) Auckland moves to alert level 3 and the remainder of New Zealand to alert level 2.
Accordingly our preschool will be operating according to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education guidelines for Level 2 until Wendesday 17th February when the alert levels will be reviewed. We wanted to reassure you that our service is made as safe a place as we can make it for tamariki to be (and safe for our staff too).
The two key public health principles we have been advised about are one: to reduce the risk of someone getting infected in the first place and two, to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who becomes infected.
So keeping kids at home if they’re sick, and good hygiene such as hand washing are important, as is physical distancing where possible. A physical distance of 1 metre between adults/teachers will be our aim at TRCP.
It’s important however that not just at our preschool, but at home also, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.
We also need to be collecting information about who’s on site so Public Health can contact people quickly if they need to. Just as with the previous Level 2 alert, we have a confidential paper tracing list at our sign in desk but also now have the Government Tracing app QR code available by the front door. You can use either of these methods for contact tracing. Remember to sign or scan when you drop off your child and pick up - it is the time of your contact in public places that is very important.
If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact us.