WPS COVID-19 Update Letter

Kia ora koutou, Parents and caregivers

With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.

  • As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform me about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you. I will do this using the school text system and the front page of the website.

  • If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.

  • If our school does need to close temporarily, we have a plan in place to support student’s learning.

We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course, people are concerned about the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here.

Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practising good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness.

We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community.   

Here is a simple chart looking at the symptoms of the virus for you to use if needed


Covid Symptoms

Hand washing is the best way to stop the spread of any virus. Try this simple song to help you.


Hand Washing

The teachers and I are currently preparing ways to support families who are self-isolating and if needed when the school is closed. Here is a link for you to follow for some ideas to help at home.  

Ngā mihi

Paula Farquhar