Coronavirus Update 1

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Whanau

Coronavirus situation / 28 January 2020

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

The Ministry of Education has asked all schools to inform their community the following information.

This is a new virus and its specific nature is currently unclear, however it appears that you can have the virus at an early stage and not be showing any symptoms.  This incubation period is currently considered to be 14 days.

Please note our following recommendations:

  • Anyone who is unwell should not be at school
  • Any student, international or domestic, who may be at high risk of exposure because they have recently been to China or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus: we strongly recommend that parents/caregivers keep that student/s at home and away from school for a period of 14 days from when they returned to New Zealand.
  • If you as parents or caregivers have concerns about your child’s health, please contact Healthline at 0800 611 116or their GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages and they do have Mandarin and Cantonese speaking staff available.
  • If we observe students who appear to be unwell and are presenting with flu-like symptoms, we will contact parents/caregivers immediately and request those students to be taken home until they are well again.

The health of our students and staff is a priority for all; therefore, it is important that we err on the side of caution.

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

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

In Christ

Mike Vannoort