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11.30 a.m Thursday 25th November Covid 19 Case at TIS Dear Parents and Whānau This message contains important public health information for you. We have been working closely with the public health service and Ministry of Education officials to guide our response. Please read this letter carefully: A confirmed case has been identified in our Tauranga Intermediate School community - one of our students, who is at home self isolating. Only staff and students of Tawa House are considered close contacts. I have spoken with the Ministry of Health this morning and their advice was that we stay open. Our school is staying open based on international and local evidence and experience, the risk of COVID-19 transmission within school settings is considered low. This means that it is no longer necessary for the school to immediately close when a case has been identified as infectious while at school. All Tawa students who have been in class and in the hall with the affected case have been contacted and asked to go home and isolate. They will all receive direct instructions from the Ministry of Health later today regarding testing requirements and will not return to school until they have completed their isolation and testing requirements. What you need to do: Please watch for any COVID symptoms. Please get vaccinated. If you and your whānau have not yet been vaccinated, please get vaccinated as soon as possible. If you have been identified as a Contact of the case, please wait until your isolation period has finished to get vaccinated. You can book online at www.bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz. There is information on this website about finding your closest walk-in vaccination centre. You can also go to www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19-vaccination or www.karawhiua.nz/all-clinics Please watch for symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop any of the following symptoms, no matter how mild, ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor, and get tested. Healthline is a free, 24/7 service with interpreters available. Common symptoms of COVID-19 are like those found with illnesses such as a cold or influenza. You may have one or more of the following: • new or worsening cough • sneezing and runny nose • fever • temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste • sore throat • shortness of breath. Less common symptoms of COVID-19 may include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability. These almost always occur with one or more of the common symptoms. The Ministry of Health will be in contact with me this morning to guide us through further contact tracing procedures. I realise that these are stressful times for everyone and encourage families to be pragmatic in their approach. Please ask your children to refrain from using social media to speculate on the case or the family affected. As you can imagine, these are difficult times for them and it is important that we respect their right to privacy. I will further update you all as further advice and guidance comes to hand from the Ministry of Health. Ngā mihi nui Cameron Mitchell Prinicpal