HBHS Headmaster's Message Friday, 11 February 2022

Good afternoon, 

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

I received information this morning that two brothers, one in Year 11, and one in Year 12, received positive results this morning, from a COVID test. 

The students attended school on Tuesday, 8 February.

A number of students have been identified as close contacts, as they share more than one class with either one of the two students. 

Ministry of Education guidelines, and the advice which we received today, are clear. Students who are in class with a student who tests positive, are only identified as close contacts if they spend two hours or more in the student's class group.

A number of students are in this situation, and are thus classed as close contacts. All have been contacted and have been taken from school by parents, to have a COVID test, and follow a process before being able to return to school.

We have also included in the close contacts list, as we did last time, those boys who are close friends, who shared break times. These students have also been contacted individually by the school, and will be tested and follow the same testing process 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/

We continue to work hard, as you do, to ensure that we maintain a very safe environment. Our cases have contracted COVID from outside of the school, and we have had no transmission within our community. We are maintaining a cautious approach, and I appreciate all of your support in helping to make this possible.

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