AIS News

TERM 1 - WEEK 9 23 Mar 2020





With theannouncement that New Zealand has moved toAlert Level 2 – Reduce Contact for COVID-19, people over 70 years of age, and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions, are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel.


The Ministry of Education has asked that staff, children and young people in schools and early learning services now follow this advice. 


High risk individuals

Older people, particularly those with pre-existing health problems are more likely to get severe illness and are considered at risk. High risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:

·       respiratory conditions including asthma;  a compromised immune system;  liver disease; cancer; kidney disease;  heart disease; and diabetes mellitus.

If your child/children have one of the existing conditions mentioned you are being asked to keep them home from school for their own safety. 


It is important to remember that there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our school nor in our community.  All children without existing health conditions and who are feeling well should attend school as they normally do. Maintaining routines and coming to school each day is an important way we can support our tamariki during this challenging time. Our teachers are continuing to deliver classroom programmes but making changes to keep everyone safe e.g. no school assemblies. 


If your child does feel sick with cold or flu-like symptoms such as cough, sore throat, headache, runny nose, just as you normally would, please keep them at home. Call or text the school to inform the main office. 



Walter Nash Centre has now been closed until further notice. This will affect a number of our students who go there after school each day. We are encouraging our students to go straight home after school, and to not hang around these areas, as home is the safest place for them. 


From today, Metlink buses will not be accepting cash so please ensure your child’s snapper card is topped up, and has credit. Students sometimes borrow money from our school office but will not be able to do this due to the buses no longer accepting cash. Please contact our school office if you need support. 



Today we had 65% of our students attending school. Some students are sick, and parents are keeping them away from school for this reason and some families have made the decision to keep their children home. At this stage we are not sending work home for these students whose families are choosing to keep them home, as our priority right now is to support our current staff and students and ensure we are ready, in the event of school closure. 


I will provide an update later in the week and by then we will have organised work for those students who are not at school to be available either online, or picked up from the front of our office.  Our work packs will include a range of activities and ideally students can do this, without adult support when they are at home. They will not require the internet or a device, because we know that not all of our students have this at home but we are also preparing links to online learning activities that students who do have a device can use. 


Look after yourselves and each other. 


Ariana Te Whetu






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