Covid-19 Alert Level 2 comms for our community (Feb 28th 2021)


February 28th

Kia ora staff, parents, whanau and caregivers  


Wellington is now in Alert Level 2 after community transmission of Covid in Auckland who are at Alert Level 3.

Year 9 Meet and Greet planned for Tuesday 2nd March is postponed.  Our Whanāu BBQ planned for Thursday 4th March is also postponed. We will advise of the alternative dates for these events as soon as we can. We were very lucky to enjoy a superb whole school Sports Day on Friday, as well as our Year 9 Meet & Compete the week before that.

Here is a reminder of what is expected of us at Alert Level 2.

School is open for all.

As is the case with Level 1, students and staff are asked to follow these guidelines:

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Do not come to school. Do not socialise.
  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested. Tests are free. 
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you legally must do so immediately.
  • It’s important that you use basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and cleaning surfaces.
  • HVHS will also increase the cleaning of high touch surfaces around the school.
  • You should keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen. This helps with rapid contact tracing if it’s required. Students do not need to scan in at school but should do so everywhere else they visit.
  • Keep your distance when outside your home.
  • You should keep a distance of at least:
  • 2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops
  • 1 metre in most other places like workplaces, cafes, restaurants and gyms.
  • Schools are exempt from physical distancing requirements when people are there to receive, provide, or support education services. However we will have signage reminding people to distance themselves from others in the main entrances to the school, and we will encourage physical distancing over the rest of the campus where it is possible. 
  • All students MUST wear a face covering on public transport. This means MOST of the buses used to get to and from school, as they are public buses.
  • We encourage students to wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing is not possible, like in shops. 
  • Face Masks are available from our Resource Centre.
  • School assemblies and large gatherings where there are more than 100 people in a  room will be conducted virtually at Level 2.

COVID-19 symptoms include:

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

All subject teachers have set up a Google Classroom, all mentor teachers have a Google Classroom and there are also Google Classrooms for each year level overseen by the Dean. This is the way we communicate messages and learning to our students. 

Students - please ensure that you are familiar with your individual online Google Classrooms. 

Distance learning is available for those students required to self-isolate or who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for test results, or those choosing to remain at home because they are vulnerable to illness.

Let’s play our part, and do the right thing, and as always we encourage all our community to wash their hands, sneeze into your elbow and sanitise as often as possible. 

Front line workers in Wellington started receiving their Pfizer vaccinations last week. So, we can feel positive and optimistic about that.

He waka eke noa

Ngā mihi nui

Denise Johnson 

Acting Principal