HBHS Headmaster's Message Monday, 7 February 2022

Good afternoon, 

I write this afternoon to inform you that we have received information that we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our school community.

I received information late last evening that one of our Year 11 students received a positive result from a COVID test, yesterday afternoon. 

The student attended school on the first day of Year 11 attendance on Thursday 3rd February, but remained home on Friday.

No student or staff member has been identified as close contacts. Ministry of Education guidelines, and the advice which we received today, are clear - as the student, and all students and staff in his classes wore masks, at all times, they are not classified as close contacts. Thus, all students and staff are still able to attend school as usual. 

The only exception is that of his close friends, who shared break times. These students have been contacted individually by the school, and will be tested and receive a negative result before returning to school.

The following is advice from the Ministries of Education and Health: 

What you need to do

  • You and your whānau should watch for symptoms
  • If any develop, get tested immediately
  • Then, stay at home until you receive the result
  • If your whānau hasn’t been vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible. You can book on-line at bookmyvaccine.nz or by calling 0800 28 29 26. It’s free.

What we’re doing

  • The school will remain open
  • We have appropriate public health measures and cleaning procedures in place, and this remains our priority.

 I remind you of the symptoms of COVID-19

  • A new or worsening cough
  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • A fever
  • Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath

Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.

For more information, go to https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/about-covid-19/covid-19-symptoms/

Please contact me if you have any questions, or concerns. We appreciate your continuing support and care for our world.

Ngaa mihi nui

Susan Hassall