(based on questions from our students)
What is Covid-19?
The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
The symptoms of Covid-19 are:
Shortness of breath
A high temperature (at least 38°C)
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have Covid-19. If you have these symptoms and have recently been to a country or area of concern, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with Covid-19, please phone the Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor immediately.
Where is Covid-19?
There are no cases confirmed in South Canterbury yet.
What do we do to stop racism?
People can fight stigma and help, not hurt, others by providing social support. Counter stigma by learning and sharing facts. Communicating the facts that viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups and how COVID-19 actually spreads can help stop stigma.
How dangerous is it for young people?
Although most young people are in a low risk category for serious illness, young people may carry and pass on the virus to more at risk groups, such as elderly or those with pre existing health issues. So we need to be really careful. You must follow good hygiene practices.
We encourage you all to carry out good hygiene practices.
Wash hands multiple times a day for at least 20 seconds each time and dry hands thoroughly. Hand sanitiser is hard to come by so use soap and water.
Cover your mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, and throw away the tissue immediately; or sneeze or cough into the bend of your elbow.
Do not share food or drinks.
Discourage touching of eyes, nose, and mouth.
Encourage your child to eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly to develop a strong immune system for fighting off illness.
Social distancing, we think physical distance is a better way to think of this, try and avoid direct contact with other people.
Will the school close?
At this stage there is no plan to close the school. GHS doesn't make that decision. It is made by the Ministry of Health. There was a case of a student at Logan Park High School in Dunedin who tested positive for the virus. The School was closed and will remain so until at least Tuesday next week, this situation will be reviewed once other students have been tested. So far all the students tested at this school have tested negative.
What will happen if someone at GHS gets Covid-19?
A positive test of a GHS student will lead to the closing of the school by the Ministry of Health, there would then be testing of the close contacts, the school will be cleaned and reopened when we are told it is ok.
When would we have to move to online Learning?
The situation may change and we may be asked to close the school. If this does happen we have a clear plan to move to a virtual school, which will involve online learning.
Virtual school or online learning means that your learning continues even if our school closes. It will look different for different year levels and different subjects. Basically, your teachers will be expecting you to do work for your subjects online and for you to show evidence of your learning. The details of online learning will be shared with you and your parents via email if this happens.
What should you do if you are sick?
As normal, if you are sick you should stay home from school. If you feel sick while you are at school, please ask to come to the office. If you miss an NCEA assessment there is a process which has been emailed to you and your parents by Ms Quinn.
How do I find out more?
There is a really good website that has been created by the NZ government https://covid19.govt.nz/ which has loads of information.