COVID-19 Updates


Latest Information – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Refer to this page for the latest information regarding Coronavirus and potential impacts to Hereworth boys, staff and families.

January 2022

Note that schools will remain open at all traffic light settings for students to attend, subject to health and safety settings.

Health measures in place at Hereworth at all CPF settings:

With Omicron now present in Hawke's Bay, the health, safety and wellbeing of you and your family will continue to be of paramount priority for all at Hereworth. The same public health measures with which we are very familiar with will remain in place:

    • Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette.
    • Staying away if sick.
    • Keeping the appropriate physical distance from others.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting our high touch surfaces daily.
    • Good ventilation.
    • Students aged 12 and over are required to wear face coverings on school transport. Please note there will be a change to this agreement to extend this down to Year 4 and above. We will advise you when this change takes effect.
    • Continuing to display QR code posters at our entrances and encouraging all of our community to use the NZ COVID Tracer App when they come onsite.
    • Keeping a visitor register for anyone who cannot use the app and for other visitors who come onsite for a period of time.
    • Vaccination requirements for workers (paid and unpaid).
    • Any parents or visitors who need to enter into school buildings are required to enter via the main reception office or boarding house foyer and need to sign-in on entry, wear a mask and are asked to sanitise hands. Kissing and watching your sons leave from the car is preferred (but we realise not always possible).

    If your son is sick:

    • If he has a cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested.
    • Getting him tested will mean you are helping to keep our community safe. Testing is free for everyone.
    • Staying at home if you are sick is one way to stop any possible spread of COVID-19.
    • Staff will be observing boys at the start of class each day, checking for symptoms. Those presenting as unwell will be asked to go home or arrange for parents or caregivers to come and pick them up and seek medical advice.

    Additionally, whilst we are at Red:

    • Masks (not face coverings such as bandannas or scarves) will be required at School when indoors for students and staff in Years 4 and above. Whilst this requirement is to officially take effect on Thursday 3 February 2022, we will be encouraging the boys to wear them from Day 1 next week. It is now recommended that masks be a medical-grade mask (for example a Type IIR/Level2 masks or above). These include the widely available ‘blue’ medical-grade masks that many New Zealanders are already wearing. The School will have some available but it would be preferable for boys to bring one from home.
    • Masks are not required to be worn in school by staff or students for Years 0 – 3.
    • We will continue to ask that only essential visitors come onsite.
    • Parents can seek advice from their health professional if their son has complex medical needs about whether it is appropriate to come to school. Support for offsite learning will be provided for those who are advised to remain at home. Please contact Mrs Kate Field, Deputy Head – Pastoral Care and Wellbeing at kate@hereworth.school.nz if you will be keeping your son at home so teachers can be informed or if you have any concerns that you wish to discuss.

    Details regarding curriculum and non-curriculum events for Term One at which community members would usually attend onsite using public health measures are as follows:

    Curriculum Related Events:

    • School Assemblies: In light of the greater risk of infection from Omicron, we will only be holding small group school assemblies at this stage and thus no parents.
    • Classroom Access by Parents: Parents are asked to avoid entering classrooms, if at all possible, but to leave their son at the door. If contact with the teacher is required, then please set up at a time to do so.
    • Individual parent-student-teacher meetings: Masks, social distancing and scanning in by parents will be required, or zoom meetings with parents will be arranged. Further details will be provided in advance of such meetings.

    Non-Curriculum Related Events:

    • Boarding Parents’ Welcome (Sunday 30 January): Social distancing, scanning in and the use of vaccine passes by parents will be required.
    • New Parents’ Welcome (Sunday 30 January): Social distancing with parents divided into separate Primary and Intermediate groups to keep numbers under the 100-person limit. Scanning in and the use of vaccine passes by parents will be required.
    • Family Chapel Services: Will be suspended.
    • Large student-teacher-parent events such as Swimming Sports: Masks, social distancing, scanning in and the use of vaccine passes by parents will be required.
    • Saturday sporting fixtures: Masks, social distancing and scanning in by parents will be required.
    • Choir Practices and Rehearsals: Will be performed outside by students who are at least two metres distant from each other. No singing is to take place inside. Wind instruments are not to be shared and limited to home use, or outside only. Masks, social distancing and scanning in by parents will be required for any performances.
    • School Camp Week Activities in Term 1 Weeks 2 and 3: Only vaccinated parent helpers will be able to attend. A vaccination pass will be required. Boys aged 12 years and 3 months as of 7 February will need to be vaccinated to attend, or if 12 years of age to show they have had one dose or show evidence of intent, e.g., an appointment booking.
    • Prep Fixtures: Further details will be supplied once the way forward has been determined. We do know that boys will need to be double vaccinated to participate (if eligible) and parents will need to socially distance, scan in and have vaccine passes at venues. Further details about billeting requirements of host families are also currently being determined.

    COVID-19 Vaccination and Children

    Children aged five to 11 are able to get a COVID-19 vaccine injection from Monday 17 January. Young people aged 12 and above can of course get vaccinated now.

    If we do have someone confirmed with COVID-19 at Hereworth, we have a plan in place to support the management of COVID-19 contacts in the School.

    More information about the framework is available at COVID-19 Protection Framework.

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