Alert Level 1 at Papamoa College
10 June 2020

I am sure that we all heard the collective cheers of celebration when the news came through that New Zealand would go to Alert Level 1 at midnight on Monday 8 June!

I hope that the return to your normal family life, work life and living in the Papamoa community has gone well or at least as good as can be expected. I do want to acknowledge and thank those members of our Papamoa community who worked especially hard during lockdown and afterwards, to ensure the rest of us could remain healthy and safe. Thank you.

Alert Level 1 for Papamoa College means that we can get on with student learning and all campus activites with very few restrictions.

  • There are no specific public health requirements
  • There are no restricitions on personal movement so all students, children and staff continue to be safe to go to school/early learning, and all students must attend school.
  • Physical distancing is not a requirement but where possible or practicable is encouraged when we are around people we don't know.
  • The school is no longer required to keep a contact tracing register but will continue with the usual practice of having a visitor and an attendance register.
  • There are no restrictions on numbers or gatherings or on physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events.

Keeping healthy is still a priority! This is important for everyone.

  • If people are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if someone has cold or flu symptoms).
  • Regularly wash and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbows.
  • Try not to touch your face.
  • Soap, water and the ability to dry hands will be provided in bathrooms at schools.
  • Shared surfaces will be regularly disinfected.
  • Individuals are encouraged to keep a record of their whereabouts in case of an outbreak.
  • Stringent self-isolation of those who display relevant symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who tests positives for COVID-19, or have been overseas in the last 14 days.

The school will soon have a QR code for visitors to scan for a quick and easy record of their visit to campus. You can download the NZ COVID tracer app from recognised online app stores.

On campus we will continue to use hand sanitisers at the major building entrances and high use areas. We will also continue to wipe down surgaces that have high touch areas, as well as ensuring that bathrooms are kept clean and hygienic.

Sporting, cultural, and arts activities and events will be continuosly reintroduced, and we will keep you informed as to dates and developments etc.

On a precautionary note, if the school is connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 then we will be required to close for 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days. Ministry of Health officials will make this decision. No one will want this but we have to be ready for this possiblilty.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding with regards to the change in practices throughout the school over the last few months.

Your experience is important to us. Feel free to contact us and let us know if there are areas where we could improve on