Covid case confirmed at Te Awamutu College but school remains open

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Te Awamutu College.

A case of Covid-19 has been confirmed at Te Awamutu College, but the school will remain open with sanitation and cleaning measures in place.

The student’s next of kin have been contacted. Those who were not in direct contact will continue to learn normally.

The school recognizes that a case of Covid at school can be very disturbing to the community, but urges the public to treat those affected with kindness and to respect the privacy of individuals and their situations.

“Consider the impact that social media and rumors may have on others before posting or sharing information,” says director Tony Membery.

Those who have come into direct contact are following online learning during their period of isolation.

Students and staff who are not close contacts can go to school but are advised to watch out for symptoms and stay home if they feel unwell. If symptoms develop, get tested immediately and then stay home until your test results come back, the school says.

“The health and well-being of our children is a top priority and, as you know, we are doing everything we can to reduce the risk of transmission,” says Tony.

The school says that “all whānau and eligible students at each school are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.”

Te Awamutu College has also sent out a newsletter reminding parents and carers that masks are mandatory indoors at red – unless they have an exemption.

Masks should securely cover the nose and mouth. The World Health Organization recommends three layers of fabric.

If you have a legitimate concern about a possible case, please contact the school. However, the school will only act once the case has been confirmed by the Ministry of Health.

Contact wcarter@tac.school.nz for more information.

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