I wanted to make something visual and easy to understand so Kiwis can stay educated and track the spread of COVID-19 across New Zealand. This site is not goverment affiliated but the data does come directly from the Ministry of Health website.
INFORMATION FOR OUR SCHOOLS PACIFIC NATIONS COMMUNITY
Charles Enoka gives a message of support to the Kiribati community during New Zealand's Covid-19 lockdown.
Rev Tanielu Mamea gives a message of support to the Samoan community during New Zealand's Covid-19 lockdown.
Rev Dr Nasili Vaka'uta gives a message of support to the Tongan community during New Zealand's Covid-19 lockdown.
Mr Fa'ama Viliamu gives a message of support to the Niue community during New Zealand's Covid-19 lockdown.
Minister for Pacific Peoples shares with us what "Alert Level 4" means for us. Dr Alainuanua Tupai shares the Samoan translation - translation begins at 2.35mins
Malo ni. Watch Tokelauan key messages on NZ's COVID-19 - ALERT LEVEL 4 from the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.
Fakaalofa lahi atu. Watch Niuean key messages on NZ's COVID-19 - ALERT LEVEL 4 from the Ministry for Pacific Peoples
Rev Iuata Pue gives a message of support to the Tokelau community during New Zealand's Covid-19 lockdown
LATEST FROM THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
25..3.20 After 11.59pm on Wednesday the 25th of March, no one is to go on site to schools during the lock-down. If there is an emergency Police and/or Fire services will respond.
25.3.20 Please be advised most of the major telcos have now removed data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage.
26.3.20 Please remember school holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive. At the end of the school holidays, schools will be open for distance learning but not physically open for staff or students. Teachers will be working offsite
LATEST FROM THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH
COMMUNICATING A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID 19 AT KINGSGATE TO THE COMMUNITY: The Principal will convey to the parent body that a confirmed case of Covid-19 has been reported in the school community and that they are awaiting guidance and direction from the Chief Medical Officer to ensure consequent information conveyed is true and correct. If the principal is notified outside of school hours of a confirmed case of Covid 19, parents will be notified and given instruction as to how the school is proceeding by School Loop notification, School Facebook notification and by School website notification If the principal is notified during school hours of a confirmed case of Covid 19 parent will be given instructions as to how the school is proceeding by a school notice going home, School Loop notification and by school website notification. Unless otherwise notified, the default position is that school will be open for instruction.
COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS DURING A COVID 19 RELATED SCHOOL CLOSURE: If the school is required to close, communication with the school community must continue to the best of our ability. To avoid confusion or incorrect information being presented to the community information will disseminated by one person within the Key Personnel Team.
TEACHING AND LEARNING THROUGH A COVID 19 SCHOOL CLOSURE: It is important to remember that the health and safety of our staff and students is our priority. However, it is important to understand that closing a school to students may not necessarily mean that facilities would be closed in a quarantine sense. Staff may still go to work or work remotely, and students who are at home may be able to continue to receive educational guidance from their teachers by accessing the internet. If the school were to close it would likely to be for one of the following three scenarios. Each scenario indicates how staff and students would respond to their respective teaching and learning duties.
Students are not permitted to come to school, but the school is still open for staff to work from.
In this scenario staff will still be expected to come to school. As they will still have the full access to the resources of the school, they will continue plan for their students learning by adding resources to the school’s Home Learning tab on the school’s website.
Staff will maintain contact with the families in their classroom via email, phone call or text to gather information about community well-being and to assist in educational instruction.
Students and staff are not permitted to come to school. There are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the school and staff have no dependents or spouses they are caring for. In this scenario staff will not have the full resources of the school and will themselves be working remotely from home. Staff will direct families to the Home Learning tab on the school’s website to engage their children in their learning and will be able to add content to their respective tabs to ensure their students educational engagement continues. Staff will maintain contact with the families in their classroom via email, phone call or text to gather information about community well-being and to assist in educational instruction.
Students and staff are not permitted to come to school and there are confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the school population and/or staff are looking after family who are unwell. In this scenario there will be no expectation that staff will be providing educational guidance for their students. Parents will be guided to the school Home Learning tab on the school’s website for the educational engagement of their child over this period. There will be no expectation that staff will add to what is already on the Home Learning tab on the school’s website during this period
There will be no expectation that staff will engage with their classroom community via email, phone calls or text. Parents will be advised to go to the school’s Facebook site for up to date information. If some staff are unaffected, they will be encouraged to maintain contact with the families within their classroom via email, phone call or text to gather information about community well-being
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS ABOUT COVID 19
WHAT IS COVID 19? Coronaviruses are a large and diverse family of viruses which includes the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in New Zealand, however the likelihood of a widespread outbreak is low-moderate.
MY CHILD IS UNWELL: Anyone who is unwell should not be at school. If you have a particular concern about your child, please contact Healthline at 0800 358 5453 or your GP for medical advice.
Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages including Mandarin and Cantonese. Healthline has also set up a dedicated 0800 number specifically for health-related calls about COVID-19: 0800 358 5453
VIDEO: Covid 19 in Adult Speak
MENTAL HEALTH: There may be children or young people in your life who experience distress. As a trusted adult, you can help reassure and educate them about COVID-19 – it can be good to talk to them now, so they can understand the illness and be reassured. If you feel the child or young person is getting distressed through this conversation, reassure them and end it. However, if a child’s distress is escalating or they are displaying any worrying behaviours (such as extreme withdrawal, terror that you cannot comfort them from etc.), seek help early. Otherwise, your GP is a good starting point. For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental well-being, you can call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS: Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza. Having any of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19.
Symptoms include fever, coughing
SICK CHILDREN AT SCHOOL: If your child attends school while showing symptoms, then the Principal must exclude them from school so that they do not come into contact with other children. This is required by regulation 57 of the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008.)
VIDEO: Covid 19 in Child Speak
HYGIENE ADVICE: Basic hygiene measures are the most important way to stop the spread of infections COVID-19. Basic hygiene measures include:
hand hygiene (that is, washing hands regularly with soap and water)
staying at home if you are sick,
coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and then performing hand hygiene, and cleaning surfaces regularly.
For most people in the community, face masks are not recommended. However, for people with symptoms of an acute respiratory infection, the World Health Organisation recommends that there may be benefit in wearing a face mask to reduce the spread of infection to other people.
HOW IS IT SPREAD? Like the flu, COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person. The scientific evidence confirms that coronavirus is spread by droplets. This means that when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, they may generate droplets containing the virus. These droplets are too large to stay in the air for long, so they quickly settle on surrounding surfaces.
KEEPING YOUR FAMILY WELL: In terms of keeping yourself and your family well, the Ministry of Health suggests you regularly washing
hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly), covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze
staying home if you are sick, avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. If you feel unwell you should avoid public gatherings and events.
VIDEO: Kids song about hygiene
A diagram has been developed by Dr Siouxsie Wiles to assist you when considering symptoms What it tells us is:
• A dry cough and a high temperature are common to both flu and COVID-19
• Sneezing is not a symptom of COVID-19, however if someone has COVID-19, then sneezing can spread droplets containing the virus
(Provided by the MoE to schools)