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Re. Recent outbreak of novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China

Our Onepoto students will be returning to school on Monday February 3rd and the health of students and staff is a priority for all. This is to update you on the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China. I know it is of concern to you and I will continue to keep you informed if there are any further developments.

This is a new virus and its specific nature is currently unclear, however it appears that you can have the virus at an early stage and not be showing any symptoms. This incubation period is currently considered to be up to 14 days. There are currently no cases in New Zealand.

The Ministry of Education is working closely with the Ministry of Health to ensure that schools  have the most relevant information regarding the Coronavirus.

  • Information is now on the Ministry of Education (MOE) website - http://education.govt.nz/news/novel-coronavirus/
  • and also on the Ministry of Health’s information page on their website.  It will be updated as new information comes to hand.

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health website


This website also contains information for the community who are concerned about possible infection. Included in there is some advice (for travellers) to help reduce the general risk of infection:

  • avoiding very close contact with people showing symptoms
  • frequently washing hands
  •  avoiding close contact with sick live farm animals or wild animals
  • practicing cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).


The Ministry of Education has advised us that for any of our staff or students who have recently returned from China in the last 2 weeks or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus you are asked to not return to school for 14 days and voluntarily stay away.

If you taking this action please advise me at the school via confidential email to Daniellal@onepoto.school.nz

The Principal can send students home if they are showing symptoms of a communicable disease. The student has to stay away for the infectious period of the disease. (It is expected that Coronavirus will be labelled a communicable disease).

We will be closely monitoring information being provided by Ministry of Health, in regard to the Coronavirus. Should the situation change, as we do with other infectious diseases such as measles, mumps and influenza, we will follow our pandemic plan for managing the illness.

At School:

  • we will be maintaining hand cleaning supplies in all classrooms to enable students and teachers to clean their hands appropriately. We will also be showing children how to wash their hands thoroughly and for at least 20 seconds, as well as practising cough etiquette. We will be asking children and staff to do this regularly.
  • We have been advised this is not necessary at the moment, but if you wish your child to wear a face mask, this will be permitted until the current situation changes. We recognise that some parents may wish to do this.
  • All teachers and staff will be fully briefed on the situation, and able to offer clear advice to students.

As always anyone who is unwell should not be at school or at their early learning service. If you have a particular concern about any child, student or staff member, please urge parents or the staff member to contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or their GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages and they do have Mandarin and Cantonese speaking staff available.

Nga mihi nui

Daniella Latoa-Levi

Onepoto Primary School
Fraser Avenue
Northcote 0627
North Shore City
Fraser Avenue
PO Box 36 126
Northcote NSC 0748
Phone:+64 (0)9 480 7469
Fax:+64 (0)9 419 2168