We are grateful to our community for your supportive response this week regarding our updates and measures that we are taking during the ongoing Coronavirus situation. As a board, we have established two simple goals for our handling of the situation;
-Maintain health of all students and staff by avoiding transmission of illnesses
-Provide reassurance and accurate information to our school community about how we are taking action to maintain health of all at PMPS
All schools received a Ministry of Education update this week with guidance about the Coronavirus situation. Up to date information from the Ministry of Education is available from their website.
The update reinforced that the steps we have taken as a school are accurate and effective. Below is an extract from the update. The Ministry of Education are guided by the Ministry of Health;
✔ Those people returning from China are instructed to remain away from school for 14 days from their departure from China
✔ If you have not been in contact with someone who has been infected with the virus, then your risk of being infected is very low
✔ People are being asked to take simple common-sense steps as you would with the seasonal flu-virus
✔ Ministry of Health are only asking those people who have travelled in mainland China to stay away, not any other people who they may be living with.
The Ministry of Education have highlighted some schools and organisations who have been imposing requirements which are NOT aligned with the Ministry of Health’s advice, and may be breaching the Education Act and Human Rights. Therefore, we are NOT allowed to;
✘ Ask individuals to stay away for 21 days rather than 14
✘ Ask individuals who have not travelled in mainland China, or had contact with anyone confirmed with the virus, to stay away
✘ Ask individuals who have travelled recently in Australia, Germany, France, India, Indonesia etc, to undertake a stay away period
✘ Ask for a Doctors’ certificate before they can return to their education providers
As outlined in previous updates, we have extensive measures in place in school to maintain the health and hygiene of our students and staff. Our children are learning good habits which will be useful to them throughout life in avoiding illness and staying healthy.
We are grateful to our community for demonstrating our 4 school values of Excellence, Responsibility, Resilience and Respect. We are aware that a small number of our community have not been sharing their concerns in the right way, and remind them politely about our school procedures and expectations for Community Conduct, and Harassment. These policies and procedures can be found on our SchoolDocs site.
We received a helpful info-sheet with our latest Ministry advice. We have included both English and Simplified Chinese versions with this update.
在此，校方非常感谢我们整个学校社区能够爱护我们的学校，身体力行，共同彰显我们学校的价值观：卓越，责任，恒心和尊重。与此同时，我们学校也有很少数的几位学校社区的成员没有按照我们的正常程序与校方沟通您的顾虑。在这里我们提示大家请按照学校政策规定程序和社区行为准则文明沟通，让我们共同维护我们学校社区的良好环境。欢迎大家点击学校官网链接，了解相关的学校政策和程序SchoolDocs site。 最后，在这里和大家分享新西兰政府的官方咨询，有中英文两个版本，可能会对大家有帮助，请大家阅读。感谢大家的配合！