June 23rd 2021

Kia ora staff, parents, whanau and caregivers  

The Wellington region will move to alert level 2 from 6pm tonight until 11.59pm on Sunday

For us this means:

  • Business as usual - classes continue. School is open for all.
  • Learning Conversations on Friday and Monday will proceed as planned. However we ask that you scan one of the QR codes around the school, and at the Hub, as well as taking extra care with basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your elbow.

If you are uncomfortable attending a face to face Learning Conversations please email the mentor teacher and request a Google meeting, or phone call.

Some of our staff have chosen to self isolate as a precaution because they were near Te Papa or locations of interest. They will get in touch with you about a Google Meet or phone call, whatever is your preference. 

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

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.

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. 

He waka eke noa

Ngā mihi nui

Denise Johnson