Coronavirus – COVID19 update

Royal Oak Intermediate School
Coronavirus – COVID19 update
Kia ora koutou
We are continuing to follow the advice of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education in responding to COVID19 at school.
We have suspended all school assemblies until further notice.
Students and staff are encouraged to stay away from school if they are unwell. As we head through autumn into winter, illnesses become more common in schools. By staying away, seeking medical attention and practising good hygiene, we can all reduce the spread of illness.
Visitors to the school are being asked to stay away and not enter school grounds if they are feeling unwell, or have travelled overseas recently. We ask that people in this situation contact the school via phone on 09-636-5667 or email
We are encouraging students and staff to minimise social contact, for example by not handshaking, high fiving or sharing hongi.
School trips and Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) are being dealt with on a case by case basis depending on the nature of the trip and the number of students involved. At this stage all planned trips are going ahead, including Year 7 camp.
All AAIMS one day sports tournaments have been cancelled for Term One.
We will keep you updated on any developments as we receive updates from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. There has been much discussion around school closures, and we believe that if closures are implemented they will be done so on a targeted basis, rather than blanket closures of whole areas. It is important to remember that at this stage the small number of cases in New Zealand have all been traced to origin, and all have been isolated.
As always, we wish you good health and assure you that we will continue to make considered decisions based on the latest information. The Ministries of Education, Health and Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) are all proactive in their communications and of course, have people at the centre of all decision making. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
Ngā mihi mahana
Tony Coughlan