Covid evening update, 17 February


Nayland College has now had several members of our school community test positive. School remains open.

Dear parents and caregivers

Nayland College has now had at least 5 positive cases of Covid-19 surface within our community, with further positive cases likely over coming days.

As per other cases, close contacts have been identified and are now isolating at home. Other students (including household members) are able to attend school as per usual. 

A reminder that under current Covid Protection Framework (Red, Phase 2) settings, to become a close contact you need to have had consistent exposure (usually over 2 hours) or very close physical contact with a confirmed case. The use of masks in schools greatly reduces the risk of transmission.

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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 or by calling 0800 28 29 26. It’s free.

What we’re doing

  • School will stay open
  • We have appropriate public health measures and cleaning procedures in place

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.

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I will continue to provide information as it comes to hand and will give a full update in my newsletter tomorrow.  Thank you for all the wonderful messages of support we have had for our school community.  I assure parents and students that we have good processes in place and have prepared well for this scenario.

Ngā mihi

Daniel Wilson

By Daniel Wilson