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22 February 2022

Message from Wednesday 13 April 2022

Kia ora koutou, 

I hope you and your whānau are all well. The term is finishing and COVID has definitely made for a disrupted time. I would like to acknowledge the way our students, their whānau, staff and the wider community have responded. Adapting to uncertainty and rapidly changing situations have not been easy, but the collective efforts of our community have provided some stability. Households, classrooms and work environments have all had to make adjustments and help out as needed to keep things running. 

This has definitely been the case here at the College. We have had 434 reported positive cases of COVID. Of these 28 have been staff members. As of this afternoon at the College there are 31 active cases. What has been pleasing is the way that whānau, students and staff who have had to be away from school, have come back and got on with their mahi. As well as teaching and learning, sports have started back up, field trips have been happening and school has been getting back to normal. 

 
Today it has been announced that the country will move into the Orange light setting. At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID in indoor settings. For that reason we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.  Students will still need to wear a mask on the school bus and public transport. We will continue to keep all other health measures in place at school that we know will slow the spread of COVID. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distance where we can and staying at home if sick. 

We are looking forward to less restrictions and returning to school life that is closer to normal in Term II. 


A number of whānau have kept their students at home as they were not comfortable with the mandatory wearing of masks indoors. Under the orange light setting this is no longer a requirement. I would encourage these whānau to fully support the return of their child to school. 

Mauriora

Pere Durie
Acting Principal

 

Message from Friday 4 March 4.15pm

Kia ora koutou, 

I hope you are all well and ready for the weekend. The number of positive COVID cases we have had at the College is 118. What is pleasing though is that not all of these cases are active. We have a number of students and staff who have returned to school since needing to isolate due to being a positive case. If your child has had COVID, they need to isolate for 10 days before returning to school. They do not need to isolate again should another household member test positive. 

Online learning has been created for every class and remains the best way for students to engage with their learning. Where there is concern for students that are not physically at school or engaging with online learning, your students whānau teacher may give you a call to check in and see if everything is OK. It may be that a student is unwell or has been unable to engage. Sometimes they have also chosen not to. By having whānau teachers and parents/caregivers working together, it will help ensure that our students do not lose too much continuity for their learning despite having time away from school. 

Below are the guidelines that have already been shared regarding being a positive case and being a household close contact. Please continue to use these as a reference. 

Despite the unsettled nature of the past two weeks, the number of students on site has increased. Students and their whānau are managing the isolation process. Sports, cultural and off-site learning activities appear to be returning to normal in the not too distant future. 

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui
Be brave, be strong, be steadfast

Pere Durie
Acting Principal

Message from Monday 28 February 6pm

Tēna koutou ngā whānau ō Pāpāmoa,

I hope this pānui finds you all well and coping with COVID, even though it has impacted us all in different ways.

Like the rest of the country, the number of positive cases in our community is rising. Currently we have 68 Positive cases of COVID amongst our students and staff. For each positive case we have been notified of, we have been sending a text alert to every whānau of a student who has been in the same class as that positive case. That text advises them that there has been a positive case in a class and to monitor their own child for symptoms.

The increase in numbers has meant that it is now not feasible to keep sending out those text alerts. We will stop doing that from today. We would ask you all to continue to monitor your children for symptoms regardless of where they have been and who they have been there with. Test if you are concerned. If there is a positive case please let us know by emailing: principal@papamoacollege.school.nz

We are preparing for large numbers of staff to be affected either by being a positive COVID case themselves, or being a household close contact and needing to isolate. The goal for our planning is to keep regular school going for students as long as possible. Should we need to go to a remote learning model the goal is to ensure we maximise teaching and learning for our students through that medium.

The key will be for us all to remain flexible and able to make shifts as needed. For our students the aim is to ensure that they remain connected to their classes and their teachers regardless of whether they are learning on site or at home.

Once we have the details of that plan sorted we will share those so that we are all as best prepared as we can be.

Turou Hawaiiki
May the force be with you

Pere Durie
Acting Principal

Message from Thursday 24 February 6.30pm

Kia ora koutou parents, caregivers and whānau of Pāpāmoa College. 

At the end of the school day we currently have 19 positive cases of COVID-19. 

Four are Year 7, two are Year 10, six are Year 11, three are Year 12, three are Year 13 and one is on Staff. I have spoken with the parents, caregivers or cases themselves. They are well, albeit with some degree of discomfort from flu-like symptoms. The College would like to wish a speedy recovery to all those affected. 

Over 500 students have been identified as close contacts and instructed to isolate in the past four days. This has been unsettling for many students and their families and has caused anxiety and concern. Again we would like to commend everyone for their efforts in doing the right thing and making the situation work. I would like to acknowledge our staff who have conducted this process and also made sure that teaching and learning has been able to continue through Google classroom. 

Midnight tonight the country moves to Phase Three which will see some changes in how we respond to COVID-19. You can read more about it here. I would like to focus on some key things that affect us here at Pāpāmoa. 

Symptoms
Monitor your child and whānau for symptoms. If they develop, get a test. If the test is positive they need to isolate for 10 days. 

Household Close Contact
Students or staff who live with someone who has COVID are considered Household Close Contacts. They need to self-isolate and get a test on day 3 and day 10. If the test is positive they need to self-isolate for 10 days from when they have that test. If the test on Day 10 is negative they can return to school. 

Contact
If someone has spent time with someone who has COVID or someone you live with has spent time with someone who has COVID, you do not need to do anything. Monitor for symptoms and if they develop, get a test. 

This information can be seen on the charts below. 
 

Positive Case at School
If we are notified of a positive case here at school, we will notify the parents/caregivers of all the students who have been in a class with the positive case via text message. The message will say that there has been a positive COVID-19 case and to monitor your child for symptoms. 

Returning to School
Once a staff member or student has isolated for 10 days from receiving a positive COVID-19 result, they can return to school. 

Current Students in Isolation
Under Phase Three students who are currently in isolation can return to school from tomorrow if they have no symptoms. There is no need to produce a negative test result. 

If you are more comfortable to wait for a test result or wait until Monday to return, that is fine. School will be open as per usual. 

Should things develop that impact on how we deliver teaching and learning on site, we will continue to keep you updated. 

Pere Durie
Acting Principal
 
Message from Thursday 24 February

Kia ora koutou,

The number of cases in our community is rising. Currently we have 14 positive cases. Three are in Year 7, five in Year 11, three in Year 12 and three are in Year 13.

A number of students and staff have been identified as close contacts and are isolating and waiting for test results. If your child tests positive for COVID-19 please email the school at 
principal@papamoacollege.school.nz.

As staff are impacted by this also, we have a number of relievers at school, ensuring that each class is covered. Today all senior students have a supervised study class in Block 4 after lunch. We have given them the option to go home after Block 3 today for those who are able. For those who are not, there will be supervision available as per normal. This will help us ensure we can support our staff and students effectively.

We anticipate more positive cases, more close contacts being identified and more students and staff isolating at home. For these students, teaching and learning will continue through google classroom for each class.

Otherwise school is open and classes are carrying on. Should there be a need to change how we do this, we will communicate with you all about how that will look.

For those of you who are unwell or are isolating I hope you and your whānau are comfortable and coping.

Ngā mihi

Pere Durie
Acting Principal

Message from Tuesday 22 February

Kia ora koutou, 

We currently have three confirmed COVID-19 cases at Pāpāmoa College. They are in our Senior school - Year 11 - Year 13. 
 
We have identified close contacts of these positive cases here at school and notified Parents and caregivers. The information shared with them includes the processes for isolating, testing and monitoring for symptoms.  
 
The personal details of the positive cases are confidential.  Students who are close contacts and their families are informed. The wider community will be updated regularly through our website and on our facebook page. 
 
We hope that all students who either have had a positive COVID-19 result or are needing to isolate as they are a close contact, are able to recuperate and return to school once due process has been followed. 
 
School remains open for students who are not COVID-19 positive or close contacts. Safety measures remain in place and our contact tracing is working.
 
I would encourage those of you with questions to read through the Frequently Asked Questions here. 

Ngā mihi

Pere Durie
Acting Principal
 
 
 
 

 

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