The New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing

COVID 19 VIRUS Information - 10th Mar 2020

The Ministry of Health’s current advice is that with continued vigilance, the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low.  However, with exams in May, the Academy is taking steps to prepare for a worst case scenario by establishing a dedicated team to respond quickly to issues if they arise.  Please contact the Academy secretary with any questions in the first instance.
If you want to know more about COVID-19 please make sure that any reading you are doing is from a reliable source. The Ministry of Health is the best source of information for New Zealand and they update this information regularly -
The simplest plan is to make sure that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, coughing, sneezing, breathlessness or suspect that they might have been exposed to a suspected or confirmed case calls the Ministry’s dedicated helpline and heed their advice.
For general info on the virus : 0800 358 5453
To discuss any symptoms you may have etc you call this number and a Nurse Practioner will help you assess your symptoms and give you advice on next steps: 0800 611 116.
Good Basic Hygiene is one of the best preventative steps for minimising the spread of the Corona Virus (and any other viruses that are around):
Suggestions are:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry thoroughly
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments
  • Stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention
  • Advise parents/care givers to not come to class if they are unwell
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the rubbish
  • Clean Barres and Swords after each class
  • Have hand sanitiser available
  • Eliminate close interpersonal contact – Teacher     Pupil  and Pupil     Pupil
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system
Health and Wellbeing of yourself and your pupils must come first!
Further information in regards to a continuity plan for upcoming the exam sessions will be sent to all teachers and examination organisers soon.

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