28 February 2021

Kia ora koutou Birdwood whanau

With further cases confirmed yesterday, the Government announced that the whole of Auckland will move from Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 3 for 7 days  from 6am this morning.

This decision was taken for two reasons – first it is not immediately clear how the latest person to test positive got infected and second, that person has visited several large sites while potentially infectious and it will take some time to identify and track down what could be a large number of people.

Level 3 means stay home to protect your household bubble and if you do have to go out, keep a 2-metre distance from people you don’t know. Only children of essential workers are able to attend school. Please contact Whaea Jenny to let me know your tamariki will be attending school  jenny@birdwood.school.nz

We will activate our distance learning plan. Our priority is to stay connected to you and your tamariki. We will do everything we need to for your children and your whānau. Teachers will be contacting you during the week to ensure you are all well in your whanau and to see if you need any support.

Computers will be available for pick up from school on Tuesday 2nd March between 10am-12pm. We will also have hard copy learning packs for any families who would like this as well. This will be contactless process – You will be able to drive into the staff car park for your computer or learning pack.

We are very sad our Noho Marae is unable to proceed. We are hopeful we can reschedule this sometime later in the year.

For all of our community, we need to keep ourselves, family and whānau safe. It’s important we follow the rules. If you aren’t sure if you have been to a place where someone with COVID has visited – please go to the Ministry of Health website for the ‘Locations of Interest’. Check the date and time of each location listed in the table and if you were there at the same time, go to the right column on the right to see what you need to do.

COVID-19 symptoms can vary a lot with each person, so while we are familiar with the following symptoms:

  • a new or worsening cough
  • fever (at least 38˚C)
  • shortness of breath
  • a sore throat
  • sneezing and runny nose
  • temporary loss of smell.

Some people may present with less typical symptoms such as only one of the following:

  • muscle pain
  • fever
  • diarrhoea
  • headache
  • nausea/vomiting
  • confusion/irritability.

If you or your whānau experience any of these symptoms, please contact your GP or Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice and get tested if advised to do so.

Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions.

Ngā mihi
Whaea Jenny