Kia Ora Parents and Whānau

Yesterday, the Taranaki Community were alerted to a new community case of Covid-19. The people infected  were in Taranaki during the Waitangi Weekend. It is important that everyone reads this link and follow the instructions if you are a casual contact or casual plus contact. 

Remember, we are still in Alert Level 1 and the message is still the same. It is also safe to send your children to school. If your child/children are sick, keep them home. 

Casual Contacts:

If you were at a location categorised as ‘Casual Contact’ during the relevant timeframe, please take the following steps:

# Monitor your health for the next 14 days.

# If you begin to feel unwell or develop any COVID-19 symptoms, contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to understand if and when you need to get tested.

# Practice good hygiene and use the NZ COVID Tracer App.

Casual Plus Contacts:

If you were at a location categorised as ‘Casual Plus Contact’ during the relevant timeframe, please take the following steps: You will need to continue to stay at home until you receive a negative test result back.

# If you begin to feel unwell or start to develop COVID-19 symptoms get a test immediately.

# If you receive a negative test, you need to continue monitoring your symptoms for the next 14 days. If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms you will need to organise another test.

# Ensure you wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or with hand sanitiser.

# Practice good hygiene and use the NZ COVID Tracer App.

Important messages for this week are:

  • Alert Level 1: Everyone should be using the Covid-19 Contract Tracing App. Parents will still need to sign in through the school office after 9am and before the end of the school day for normal health and safety reasons (Child safety and emergencies). Remember, if your child is sick, please keep them home.
  • Food in schools starts today. 
    • What to pack in your child’s lunchbox: Parents should still pack a little extra for the first week as students get used to the new lunches. 
    • Changes: To add your child/children onto the school lunches programme, contact the school office. This will take approximately three working days. To remove your child follow the same process.
    • Cold lunches will be served this term. The company running the programme will be trialling hot lunches in some schools around the country, however at SPS we will have cold lunches. 
    • All students are entitled to a free school lunch. 95% of students will be having a school lunch. Some students cannot due to dietary requirements, while some parents still need to make contact with the school to confirm their child/children will or will not be having the free school lunch.
    • Fridges will be set aside to store unused lunches so students will be able to take them home after school, if they wish.
    • We will not be sharing the weekly menu. Hopefully, this will avoid students picking and choosing what lunch they would prefer each week.

Kind regards

Jason Elder

Principal