Given the recent media coverage about the new coronavirus in China, known as 2019-nCov, we think it is important to share some information with you. As a school, we follow both Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education advice when responding to situations such as this. On 27 January 2020, the Ministry of Education updated all schools to say that at present, the Coronavirus risk remains low in New Zealand. We are advised however to exercise caution and request that all students and school staff that have recently travelled abroad to China or any other affected areas delay their return to school for the two weeks following their return. 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 14 days.
We also ask you to take care in monitoring and assessing the health of your children and the wider family. If anyone in your family develops a fever, cough, or respiratory illness please contact your doctor immediately. Please do not send your child to school if you suspect they are unwell. We are not Doctors or Nurses and do not have the facilities to take care of the sick.
Please notify the school immediately if your child or a member of your family has contracted or been exposed to anyone with the Virus.
Please follow the following basic principles to reduce the general risk of infections:
- If your child has recently visited China we would appreciate it if you keep that child home for at least 14 days following your return home.
- Keep your child at home if he or she has developed a fever and visit a health professional immediately.
- Avoid close contact with any person with an acute respiratory infection.
- Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
- Practice cough etiquette – maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing and wash hands thoroughly.
- People with asthma and other types of cough should inform others of their condition to promote understanding rather than anxiety.
If the Ministry of Health recommends more serious measures rest assured the school will implement them.
Here is the Ministry of Health website that we have already sent out to you with updates about the virus.
ELM PARK SCHOOL 2020
The school office will be open for enrolments and the uniform shop open for sales on:
and Thursday 30th
January from 9.00 am – 12.00 pm.
School stationery packs are available from Office Max online: www.myschool.co.nz
School reopens for students on
Monday 3rd February 2020
Elm Park School
All children are expected to have the correct school uniform and stationery on their first day of school. The uniform shop is here in the school and is open 8.15 am – 9.00 am and 2.30 pm – 3.00 pm daily during term time. School stationery packs can be purchased from www.myschool.co.nz or you can purchase from the Office Max store in Ronwood Ave, Manukau. Please ensure you know your child’s year level prior to ordering.
2020 Term Dates
Term 1 – Monday 3 February 2020 to Thursday 9 April
Term 2 – Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July
Term 3 – Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Term 4 – Monday 12 October to Tuesday 15 December
You may also like to check out our Facebook page where regular updates are posted.
Elm Park School is a Decile 5, state co-educational contributing primary school situated in Pakuranga, a suburb of East Auckland. Elm Park School School has roll of approximately 600 children (Years 0-6).
Elm Park School’s special character is the cultural diversity that includes more than 40 different ethnicities. We pride ourselves in providing an inclusive caring environment in which we value respect, responsibility and resilience.