Coronavirus – IMPORTANT MESSAGE for Te Rāwhiti & Te Rā families and Staff

Tēnā koutou e ngā whānau, dear parents, caregivers and staff

You will no doubt be aware from recent press coverage there is an outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which originated in Wuhan, China. We are monitoring the situation closely in relation to how this impacts kindergartens and schools around New Zealand and are taking advice from both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.

In line with this advice we ask: 

  • That any member of our Te Rāwhiti & Te Rā community who has been in mainland China since the outbreak notifies Maxine in the school office of this to help us prioritise our measures further, following the ministry’s pandemic planning guide.
  • That any student or staff member who has been in mainland China since 20 January or has been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, to voluntarily stay at home until 14 days after their arrival in New Zealand and inform us that you are doing so. This is a conservative approach, but is in line with other  ECE centres and schools in the region. These absences will, of course, be marked as justified.

Parents of students in Classes 1 to 7 who stay home for the 14 day period will be able to email their child’s class teacher(s) and ask for work which can be completed at home.

For your information, symptoms of the virus have been reported as being fever, fatigue, a dry cough, shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing. If students who have travelled overseas or have been in contact with people who have travelled overseas are displaying any of these symptoms, we recommend that the student stays at home and that you inform us and also make contact with your GP, or Healthline on 0800 611 116.

As a general reminder, in order to reduce the spread of any infectious diseases, we ask that the following is followed:

  • Keep a close eye out for any symptoms.
  • Students that are ill are kept at home.
  • Maintain personal hygiene by thorough washing and drying of your hands with soap and water.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, hand or clothing and wash your hands afterwards.

More information about the coronavirus can be found on the Ministry of Education website, the Ministry of Health website and the World Health Organisation website:

Novel Coronavirus 2019 –

On 31 December 2019, WHO was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. In addition to providing care to patients and isolating new cases as they are identified, Chinese public health officials have reported that they remain focused on continued contact tracing, conducting environmental assessments atthe wholesale market, and …


We will update you if any additional relevant information becomes available.

Despite all this, we do hope that this email finds you all well and happy, and looking forward to the kindergarten and school year 2020!

Ngā mihi mahana


Nā Kerstin Wagner & David Nicoll (Co-Principals Te Rā School)

Nā Doris Zuur (Acting Kaiārahi Te Rāwhiti Kindergarten)