Dear Parents, Whanau and community of Southland Boys’ High School
Happy New year for 2020.
With the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) it is important that we all work together in an informed and cautionary way to protect against the potential spread of the virus.
You will have seen that the Prime Minister has made an announcement []. It includes the following information concerning all foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through mainland China:
“The Government is placing temporary entry restrictions into New Zealand on all foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through mainland China to assist with the containment of the novel coronavirus and to protect New Zealand and the Pacific Islands from the disease.
Any foreign travellers who leave or transit through mainland China after 2 February 2020 (NZ time) will be refused entry to New Zealand.
Any foreign travellers in transit to New Zealand on 2 February 2020 will be subject to enhanced screening on arrival but, pending clearance, will be granted entry to New Zealand.
New Zealand citizens and permanent residents returning to New Zealand will still be able to enter, as will their immediate family members, but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival back in the country.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has also raised its travel advice to New Zealanders for all of mainland China to “Do not travel”, the highest level.”
Please continue to refer to the Ministry of Health website for health advice and the latest information:
Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health
Everyone’s health and wellbeing, including international students’, is important to us. While there are no confirmed or suspected cases in New Zealand at the moment, the Ministry of Health continues to encourage a precautionary approach and a focus on good hygiene. Please err on the side of caution and be alert, not alarmed.
With this in mind we ask that if you feel you are in a high risk group and have travelled or potentially encountered the virus that you follow these guidelines and self-isolate for 14 days following your return. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you wish to discuss your own circumstances.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter. The school will continue to remain updated on the situation, which will be reviewed every 48 hours.
Kind Regards
Simon Coe