To all parents, whanau or caregivers:
OF HIGH IMPORTANCE
As you will be aware there are major international concerns regarding the spread of the highly contagious Novel Coronavirus.
This is a new virus and its specific nature is currently unclear, however it appears that you can have the virus at an early stage and not be showing any symptoms. The incubation period is currently considered to be up to 14 days.
Children and young people will be returning to classrooms tomorrow 30 January 2020. The health of students and staff is a priority for all.
As you will have seen in the media the situation is rapidly evolving internationally, concerning the coronavirus..
Any student who may be at high risk of exposure because they have recently been to China or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, I am requesting that your child delay the start of their school year for 14 days and voluntarily stay away.
If you have a particular concern about your child, please contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages and they do have Mandarin and Cantonese speaking staff available.
Adrienne Mawer (Principal, Birkdale Primary School )