IMPORTANT NOTICE: If a student is confirmed with COVID-19 please email principal@outram.school.nz or admin@outram.school.nz or phone 486 1733 urgently.


COVID-19 - Phase 3

Frequently Asked Questions

This information is to support our families with any Covid-19 queries at Phase 3, and what you need to do.

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

Q. Who do we advise if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
Please contact Kim as soon as possible after you have been informed of a positive test result. Contact: 486 1733 or principal@outram.school.nz

Q. My child has tested positive for COVID-19. What does this mean?
  • Your child (and the household) will need to self-isolate for 7 days. 
  • Day zero for isolation is from the date they either developed symptoms or were tested if they do not have symptoms.  
  • The case does not need to have any further tests after their initial confirmation test (they have already tested positive). 
  • House hold close contacts need to test on Day 3 and Day 7.
Q. What actions does the school take when there is a positive case?
  • We will anonymously notify the wider school community of a case and ask you to monitor for symptoms.
  • There is no testing requirement for the children who may have been in contact with the positive case, unless they are feeling unwell.
  • We will undertake a clean of the classroom(s).
Q. My child is a close contact of a case within our household. What does this mean?
In Phase 3, being a household contact means your child (along with all other members of the household) must isolate for 7 days. (see diagram to work out 7 days of isolation)
  • 7 days starts from the day the family member receives their positive test result and ends after the person who is sick has completed their 7 days of self-isolation.
  • Household contacts will be required to take a self-administered rapid antigen test (RAT) on Day 3 and Day 7 of the case’s isolation period.
     
    If symptoms develop at any time during isolation:
    • the usual advice remains in place to undertake an additional RAT
    • if the test is negative and symptoms persist or worsen, test again 48 hours after that negative test
    • if symptoms resolve there is no need for a further test until the required Day 7 test. If this is negative, they can return to school on Day 8.
    If a household contact has new symptoms on the day of release:
    • they should undertake an additional RAT and stay at home while unwell
    • if that test is negative and symptoms persist or worsen, test again after 48 hours. If symptoms resolve, there is no need for a further test. 
  • You can end your self-isolation on the same day as the first person with covid-19 in the household, provided all of your tests were negative.
  • Household contacts should continue to self-monitor for symptoms up to Day 10.
  • if someone else in the household tests positive within those 10 days, the whole household will not have to re-isolate, only the positive case
  • if someone else in the household tests positive and it has been more than 10 days since the household completed isolation, household contacts should re-isolate along with the new case for seven days.
Q. Do I need to provide anything before my child is able to return to school?
No, as long as your child is symptom free for 24 hours they may return to school.

Q. What about household contacts in shared-care arrangements

A household contact is someone who shares a house or flat with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (a case) and where the contact has spent at least one night or day (greater than eight hours) in that residence while the case was infectious.
 
A part-time basis includes instances where someone is part of a shared-care arrangement.
 
If a child has spent a day or night in a home where there is a shared-care arrangement, and someone in that home was infectious at the time, they are a household contact.
 
If they move to the other home during their required period of self-isolation, they must continue to isolate when in that other home. 
 
A child cannot return to school until they have finished their period of isolation and have received their day three and day seven test results.

Q. A member of our household is a close contact. Can my child still attend school?
Yes 

Q. What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Can I still send them to school?
  • 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.

No, children should be kept home if displaying any symptoms. Once your child is free of symptoms for 24 hours they may return to school.

Q. Is it safe to send my child to school?
Learning and well-being are important to us, so we really want to see them at school as much as possible. Our school health and safety plan for Orange does contain a number of protections and we continue to monitor any in-school cases.

Q. What are you doing to keep my child safe?
  • All staff on site are vaccinated
  • We are monitoring classroom ventilation levels
  • Staff and students in Room 8 and older are encouraged to wear masks inside
  • Where groups of children gather together ie assemblies, children in Rooms 8, 7, 6 & 5 are required to wear masks (unless they have an exemption)
  • We are following recommended hygiene practises with the children.
Q. My child is anxious or scared. What advice do you have?
Staff 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).

This website has some useful tips - https://www.kidshealth.org.nz Or check out these ideas to help with anxiety from the SDHB

Q. My child needs to isolate at home. What support will school provide around teaching and learning?
  • Learning packs are available for children isolating at home. 
  • If there are situations where staff are isolating as well as a class, we will shift to a distance learning programme.
  • If a student is unwell, there is no expectation for them to do any work.
Q. What If my child has had COVID, will they need to isolate again? 
After you have recovered from COVID-19, you do not need to isolate again for 3 months, if someone else in your household tests positive during that time. You can get COVID-19 again at any time, however the chance of reinfection during this period is low. If you do get COVID-19 again within these 3 months, you would be considered a new case — you will need to re-isolate and follow the guidance for people who have COVID-19.