Update 2 Coronavirus

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Whanau

Coronavirus situation / 5 February 2020

As a school we are continuing to monitor closely the situation with the coronavirus and what information is being provided by the (MOE) and the (MOH).  As you will appreciate the situation is very fluid and details are changing daily.

Latest update from the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ministry of       Health (MOH)

Current status:

Currently there are no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in New Zealand to date but the likelihood of importing a case is high. The risk of an ongoing outbreak in New Zealand remains low, but the Ministry of Health is monitoring the situation closely. If any public health measures are needed for this virus, we will advise.

  • As from 2 February 2020, ALL travellers arriving in New Zealand out of mainland China should stay away from school for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China.
  • People who departed from mainland China before midnight 2 February 2020 ARE NOT required to self-isolate (stay away from school) unless you have been in Wuhan City or Hubei Province in the last 14 days. If this describes your child (domestic or international student), they can return to school as from Monday 10 February.


Ministry of Health Resources below:

Questions and Answers
The Ministry has developed a novel coronavirus question and answers page. As the situation regarding novel coronavirus can evolve rapidly, the questions and answers page

Updated factsheet for travellers
The information for travellers arriving into New Zealand has been updated with the latest information. It is available in  English (PDF, 161 KB) and  simplified Chinese (PDF, 141 KB).

Health Advice below:

What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV?
Symptoms of 2019-nCoV are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have 2019-nCoV. Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. Difficulty breathing can be a sign of pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. We don’t yet know how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected, but current WHO assessments suggest that it is 2-10 days.

What do I do if I am sick right now?
If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing please telephone Healthline (for
free) on 0800 611 116.

Download the latest health advice:
 Latest health advice on novel coronavirus – 4th February 2020 (PDF, 153 KB)

In conclusion below:

The health of our students and staff is a priority for us all; therefore, it is important that we continue to monitor the situation closely and proceed with caution.

We will continue to keep our community up to date and well informed as best we can.

Thank you for your understanding and support with this matter.  Please continue to pray for those affected and a speedy resolution to this situation.

If you wish to contact myself or Colleen Steyn, International College Director, please do so via

In Christ

Mike Vannoort