20 September 2021
Kia ora koutou
Just a reminder of the basic messages for schools…
What public health measures are in place in schools at Alert Level 2?
Schools are safe to be open at Alert Level 2, if appropriate public health control measures are in place. Specific public health control measures to be taken in schools include:
- parents are asked to keep any sick children at home. If a sick child comes to school, schools will send them home
- where possible, children, young people and staff should be far enough away from each other, so that they are not breathing on, or touching each other. This must be accompanied with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. There does not need to be a specific measurement but where practicable one metre can be used as a guide, particularly between adults
At any Alert Level
The symptoms of COVID-19(external link) are similar to common illnesses such as a cold or influenza.
Someone with COVID-19 may have one or more of the following:
- 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: diarrhoea, headache, muscle pain, nausea/vomiting, or confusion/irritability.
Anyone with those symptoms should stay home and contact Healthline or their GP for advice, which may include getting tested for COVID-19.
Call Healthline free:
- For general health advice and information call 0800 611 116 anytime
- For COVID-19 health advice call 0800 358 5453 anytime