David Street School

David Street School

COVID - 19 FAQ

My child has tested POSITIVE for Covid-19. What do we do?

Let the school know as soon as you can. 

Please phone the school. 

Our preferred line of communication when reporting any absences/ and absences regarding cases of Covid-19 and Household isolations is via our absentee line.

Our absentee line is available 24/7.

We will need to know:

When reporting an absence due to  a positive Covid-19 test or Household Isolation please leave the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Child has tested postive  / or Household contact
  • Date of first symptoms / and positive test. 

With this information we can then determine the 7 day isolation period and mark your child out from school.

Your child’s classroom teacher will be in touch regarding home learning if that is appropriate for your child.

Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate for 7 days. 

  • Day 0 is the day symptoms began or the day the test was taken (whichever came first). 
  • Cases will isolate for a full seven days and are free to return to normal activities on Day 8, if they are not symptomatic.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate past seven days, but they should not return to school if they are still feeling unwell.

Advice for anyone who is unwell

  • Anyone who is sick should stay home until they are well.
  • When a child has respiratory symptoms, they should stay at home and seek advice from their GP or Healthline. Staying home is key to controlling the spread of any virus in a school setting.  
  • Many children will have a long-lasting runny nose or cough after viral infections. If it is over 10 days since the onset of COVID symptoms and they are no longer feeling unwell, they are very unlikely to be infectious and can therefore return to school.
  • However, if they are continuing to feel unwell or their symptoms are worsening after 10 days, they should not return to school and a GP review, or a call to Healthline, is recommended.



My child is a Household Contact.
What does this mean? What do we need to do?

Phase 3 -     7 Day Isolation comes into play at 11:59pm Friday 11 March

A Household Contact is someone who shares a house or flat on a permanent, or part-time basis (for example, shared custody) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Let the school know as soon as you can. 

Please phone the school and leave a message on our absentee line. Our absentee line operates 24/7

We will need to know:

Date the Household Contact had symptoms / tested positive, so we can then determine the 7 day isolation period and mark your child out from school.

  • Day 0 is the day of the first symptomatic / positive case in your household, whichever comes first. 
  • Everyone living in the household will need to isolate for 7 days at home. They will also need a test on Day 3 and Day 7
  • If either Day 3 or Day 7 of your child's tests come back positive, please let us know as soon as possible. Your child will need to re-start their isolation again from the day they were positive or their symptoms began.
  • Your child can return to school on Day 8, provided they are free of any symptoms. If they still have symptoms after Day 8 they will need to remain at home until symptoms clear.
  • If a household contact has finished their period of isolation they do not need to return to isolation if a new case is identified in their household. However, this only applies for a period of seven days following them leaving isolation.
     
  • Should a new household member be confirmed as a case eight or more days after the household contact has left isolation, then they must start a new period of self-isolation for seven days.

If your child is at school when they become a Household Contact, they will need to go home as quickly as possible. Please phone ahead to the office to arrange this. Phone: 07 889-7780


My child is a Close Contact. What does this mean?

This means your child has had contact with a positive case. Close contacts no longer have to isolate, unless the positive case is a member of their household.

In 'Phase 3" of the Omicron response, the key change is that only confirmed COVID cases and their household contacts need to self-isolate, Students who have had contact with positive cases at school may still attend school.

If any symptoms develop, please keep them home and get them tested.

Does my child have to have the RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) test?

We fully appreciate that this is not an overly pleasant experience for the kids, but it is important to ensure you know if your child has COVID-19. 

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATS) are now able to be used for testing. These can be sourced from testing stations and pharmacies. They can be collected before the required testing days and are able to be done at home on the appropriate days.



My child is feeling unwell (e.g. cough, headache, sore throat etc) Can I still send them to school?

Because these are all symptoms of Covid, please do not send your child to school.

While these may be the normal bugs/sniffles that occur, we encourage you to get your child tested.

Advice for anyone who is unwell

  • Anyone who is sick should stay home until they are well.
  • When a child has respiratory symptoms, they should stay at home and seek advice from their GP or Healthline. Staying home is key to controlling the spread of any virus in a school setting.  
  • Many children will have a long-lasting runny nose or cough after viral infections. If it is over 10 days since the onset of COVID symptoms and they are no longer feeling unwell, they are very unlikely to be infectious and can therefore return to school.
  • However, if they are continuing to feel unwell or their symptoms are worsening after 10 days, they should not return to school and a GP review, or a call to Healthline, is recommended.


When can I send my child to school?

We encourage you to send them to school if they are well and not a household contact.

As you know, our students have missed a lot of teaching and learning over the past 2 years, and we really want to see them at school as much as possible.

Our school health and safety plan for COVID-19 contains a large number of protections.


Many children will have a long-lasting runny nose or cough after viral infections. If it is over 10 days since the onset of COVID symptoms and they are no longer feeling unwell, they are very unlikely to be infectious and can therefore return to school.

However, if they are continuing to feel unwell or their symptoms are worsening after 10 days, they should not return to school and a GP review, or a call to Healthline, is recommended.

What are you doing to keep my child safe?

We know that families may feel uncertain, but attending school has many benefits for the learning and wellbeing of our tamariki, and we still have a wide range of measures in place to keep everyone as safe as we possibly can. If you have any queries, please do get in touch. We are here to help.

  • All staff, volunteers, contractors on site are vaccinated

  • We ensure our classrooms are well ventilated during the day.

  • Staff and students in Year 4 and above are wearing masks. Your Year 3 or junior child can also wear a mask if you would like them to.

  • We have staggered break times and areas to assist with contact tracing and minimising contact between large groups of students.                                 


My child is anxious or scared. What advice do you have?

Our onsite team are working hard to make school fun, safe and a place of learning.


We encourage you to focus on the things that they can do to help; mask-wearing, washing hands, getting a test (if required).

This website has some useful tips - https://www.kidshealth.org.nz 

My child needs to isolate at home. What support will school provide around teaching and learning?

Our support and response will also depend on whether class teachers are also isolating at home.  If our teachers are also isolating, they will be in touch to offer our remote learning support (virtual connections, activities etc)

 

If our teachers are still at school, they will look to connect with you, and we will also arrange for hard packs & some other learning ideas.


If you have any specific queries, please feel free to email your child's teacher.

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