I would like to take this opportunity to explain what steps we have taken to help keep our students, families and community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government has indicated that there will be a ban on un-ticketed events and large gatherings to slow the spread.
Therefore, the cultural performances scheduled for this week have been cancelled as has been our Fiafia. I fully expect that Polyfest will be cancelled later today. This is obviously disappointing and I would like to thank all the families for their work with the performances.
Whole school assemblies have also been suspended and we will be evaluating school trips and events on a case by case basis. The scheduled trip to Tonga by some of our students will also likely be cancelled, a final decision will be made on this at the end of March.
There is a likelihood that in the future schools could be closed down. Our staff are working currently on plans to be able to continue teaching and supporting your children.
Our students were told today of the importance of washing hands, no handshakes or hugs as we have a duty to do our very best to slow the spread. A month ago, Otahuhu College ordered a large supply of hand sanitizer and we expect that to arrive before the end of March. In the meantime our Nurses and Doctors have updated their planning for the pandemic.
It is becoming clear that the COVID-19 pandemic will be with us for a considerable period of time. We all have a duty to look after our families and our community.