How safe is school? Very safe, and here’s why …

The return to our kura has gone really smoothly and it has been brilliant to see how excited our young people have been to get back to their learning and socialising. We have been just as excited to see all of your wonderful rangatahi back in school too.

We know some of our families and whānau are still feeling a bit anxious about sending their children and young people back to kura, which is understandable given everything we have been through these past 2 months, however we are here to support you.

It’s really important children and young people do return to school not just for their education but also their health and wellbeing.

Instances of Covid-19 in New Zealand are very low and here in Canterbury we have 5 cases, with the last case reported on 15 May. Below is the latest data from the Ministry of Health website on cases in New Zealand and the data on those age groups affected by Covid-19.

We’re aware of concerns in our community that people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. The Ministry of Health has advised us that there is no instance in New Zealand of someone spreading the virus without ever having symptoms

Our early learning services, schools and kura are safe. Even though there is such a low risk of the virus getting in the early learning services, schools and kura gates to start with, we will be keeping up our hygiene practices and other public health measures as an extra precaution for as long as we’re at Alert Level 2.

Our messages remain:

  • School is safe.
  • If your child is unwell, please keep her/him at home
  • Please maintain hand washing hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, and physical distancing.