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“Hurihia to aroaro ki te ra, tukuna to ātārangi ki muri i a koe”   Turn and face the sun and let the shadows fall behind you

COVID-19 Updates


Information and FAQ

In light of increasing Covid-19 cases in NZ this information is to support our families with any Covid-19 queries, and what you need to do.

In advance we know that this may well end up in disruptions to your lives and work, and thank you for your understanding and support.

Please note that we are not the “health experts”, but do know that the Ministry of Health may be delayed in providing advice/guidance to you.

Please also note that this information is subject to change, based on any updated guidelines from the Ministry of Education & Health.

Current ECS Covid Response Plan can be found here

Please contact the school as soon as possible after you have been informed of a positive test result. If after-hours please email


We follow a response plan based on guidance from the Ministry of Education.

This involves:

  • Seeking confirmation of the positive case, and when the infectious period was
  • Communicating with the school community
  • Monitoring students and staff for symptoms

Most importantly, your child is still able to attend school

  • You and your whānau should watch for symptoms

  • If any develop, get tested immediately. This will likely be via a RAT test from your doctor or a testing centre

  • Then, stay at home until you are symptom free (assuming test is negative) or until after a 10 day isolation period if the test is positive

  • Please keep an eye out for school communications

  • If your whānau hasn’t been vaccinated, please consider doing so as soon as possible.

This will mean that your child will be a household contact and also needs to isolate. Ministry of Health will provide more guidance.

Because these are all symptoms of Covid, please do not send your child to school. While these may be the normal bugs/sniffles that occur, we encourage you to get your child tested.

Our processes involve working through a detailed contact tracing assessment. If your child is not a close contact, then school is still open for them and we encourage you to send them to school as much as you can. As you know, our students have missed a lot of teaching and learning over the past 2 years, and we really want to see them at school as much as possible.

Our school health and safety plan for Red does contain a large number of protections.

Our onsite team are working hard to make school fun, safe and a place of learning. We encourage you to focus on the things that they can do to help – mask-wearing, washing hands, getting a test (if required).

Also do not neglect to spend time praying about this, asking God for His peace.

This website has some useful tips –

Our support and response will also depend on whether class teachers are also isolating at home. If our teachers are also isolating, they will be in touch to offer our remote learning support (virtual connections, activities etc)

If our teachers are still at school, they will look to connect with you, and we will also arrange some learning ideas and materials.

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