We were notified on Friday that New Zealand had confirmed our first case of COVID-19, and received a positive communication from the Ministry of Health which reassured us that the measures we have been taking to this point have been the correct steps.
As we have been doing previously, we will be continuing to teach our students about good hygiene practices- thorough handwashing, sanitising when needed, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying at home if unwell.
和我们一直以来的相关工作一样，我们将继续教育和培养学员们的良好卫生习惯 – 彻底清洁洗手，需要时消毒，打喷嚏和咳嗽时要遮盖，如果身体不适需要留在家中休养。
We met with our cleaning contractors on Thursday to discuss our ongoing response to the virus situation and to reaffirm our commitment to the wellbeing of our students. The company work in many schools and we are confident their practices and cleaning materials are keeping our community clean and hygienic.
Our processes for checking the self-isolation of those returning from China were successful, and almost all our students, other than those currently in China awaiting the lifting of travel restrictions, are back at school. We have also added Iran to China as countries where we expect travellers to self-isolate for 14 days before coming to school. As with before, this self-isolation applies to those who have travelled, and not family members, unless they have been in contact with a diagnosed case of COVID-19.
We will continue to monitor the situation, and work with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health. Our plans and procedures are under constant review with the Board fully involved.
Most importantly, it is important that at times where anxiety is heightened in our community, we continue to demonstrate the school values of Respect, Resilience, Responsibility and Excellence. This means towards one another, our fellow community members, and most importantly in front of our children. It is easy for the anxiety of adults to pass to children- sometimes we do not see the affect our anxiety and stress has on them, but it is certain that they feel it, and internalise situations. Please be conscious of how you behave around your children- our teachers will continue to be positive, and promote health and wellbeing in line with our strategic goal in this area, and grow good habits that will serve the children well through life.
The Pigeon Mountain School Board of Trustees