Dear Monte Families,

Coronavirus Update – Monday 16th March 2020

You may have heard a lot of information in the Media this weekend regarding safety measures to take when considering a pandemic. We are closely following all Ministry directives.
The Ministry of Health guidelines indicate that with continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low in New Zealand. We all have a role to play in this.
 
For our school, our pandemic plan is also ready to be implemented if needed. This will also be evaluated with the Board of Trustees.

In the mean time we will continue to focus on good hygiene practices.

  • Thorough hand washing 
  • Good cough etiquette -covering your mouth with your elbow
  • Hand Sanitiser -is available in all the Hubs and rooms around the school.
     
    With that, there is a good video clip from Nanogirl that will help your children to better understand the virus – YouTube clip – Nanogirl
     
    You may have also seen the Prime Minister sat down with Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Juliet Gerrard, to talk about coronavirus:
  • Watch on the PM’s Facebook page
  • Read and watch on the Newshub website

One other action we can all take is to be vigilant about our own health and the health of our children. I will be encouraging my staff to stay away from school if they are showing signs of illness such as coughs and colds. I ask that you please do the same with your children. Please advise myself and Mrs Follows in the office of your child’s absence.

Colds and flus are common in schools and by staying away, seeking medical attention and practicing good hygiene, we can all keep any spread of illness to a minimum.

I will continue to keep you informed of any further updates.
 
Ngā mihi

Sarah McAlpine