We now have a number (less than 10) of positive Covid-19 cases in our school community, primarily in the Senior College with one also in the Middle School, as well as quite a few students who are household contacts of a positive Covid-19 case and are self-isolating. We will continue to monitor this closely over the coming days and keep you informed as to further developments.
You are a Household Contact if you live with someone who is/has tested positive for COVID-19. Whether you are fully vaccinated or not, you will need to:
- self-isolate from the day the person with COVID-19 tests positive or is notified as a probable case until they complete 10 days of isolation
- get a test for COVID-19 on day 3, and on day 10 of the isolation period, or sooner if you develop symptoms. If you test positive, you need to follow the guidance for people who have COVID-19.
While you are isolating, try to avoid contact with the person who has COVID-19.
Other key reminders for parents/students:
- School is still a safe place for your children
- Students take home any/all necessary devices and learning resources required every day – in case of remote learning the next day.
- Parents – please contact the school if your child is absent, for any reason.
- If you or your child are sick – stay home and get tested. If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms (runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing and a sore throat), or are waiting for any Covid-19 test results – stay home. Call your doctor, or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested.
As a school it is anticipated that we will soon be moving to Phase 2 of our MGS Covid-19 Response Management Plan, https://www.middleton.school.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/MGS-COVID-19-Response-Plan-PC-1.pdf
which will involve Hybrid Learning. This is due to the increased number of positive Covid cases in our school community and the number of students and staff who are required to self-isolate for 10 days due to being a household contact.
Please familiarise yourselves with the MGS Covid-19 Response Management Plan to ensure you are aware of the likely next steps that may occur. Under Phase 2 this is likely to include:
- Increased numbers of students and staff absent from school due to Covid-19.
- A mixture of home-based and school-based learning programmes offered.
- The increased likelihood that some or all Senior College students in Years 11 – 13 may move to remote/distance learning from home. We will endeavour to provide at least 1 – 2 days’ notice of this to students and parents, but this will largely depend on us having sufficient teachers available at school to staff the school.
- If we move to remote/distance learning, we will continue to follow the normal school timetable.
Please ensure you are well prepared for this scenario by:
- Ensuring your children bring home all necessary learning materials every day, including devices, headphones, resources, etc – in case of remote learning the next day.
- Being ready at short notice should your child/ren need to isolate.
- Praying and committing all our plans to God. Proverbs 3:5-6
- NB: Normal school timetable will operate at school and for those remote learning.
NB: If you are sick – stay home and get tested. If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms (runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing and a sore throat), or are waiting for any Covid-19 test results – stay home. Call your doctor, or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested.
IF YOU, OR A MEMBER OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, PLEASE CONTACT MIDDLETON GRANGE SCHOOL ASAP AT:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org OR call 021 0858 4494
Thank you for your support and understanding during this challenging time.
“Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earthy below. There is no other.”
Nga mihi nui
Principal / Tumuaki