We want to assure you that MASH has a strong plan in place around Coronavirus (COVID-19) which includes keeping our tamariki, families and staff safe. We will continue to update you as information comes to hand.
Effective communication relies upon us having your up-to-date contact details. Please take this opportunity to update your mobile number and/or email address on your AIMY profile. You can do this by logging in to your AIMY parent dashboard:
How is COVID-19 spread?
Health experts are still learning more about the spread. Currently it’s thought the virus is spread through respiratory droplets made when people with the virus cough, sneeze or talk. Droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs of people who are in close contact with one another (within about 2 metres). The virus can also spread when a person touches a surface that has the novel coronavirus on it and then touches their own mouth, eyes, or nose.
What is MASH doing to help?
The most important thing we can do right now is plan and prepare.
At MASH we will be taking the following steps to help prepare for cases of COVID-19 in all of our programme's, as well as more widespread community transmission, during which educational/childcare facility closures might be recommended or required by the Ministry of Health.
How MASH can help to prevent widespread illness:
If we have a case of COVID-19 in our programme community. What should we do?
We will consider operating Holiday Programmes if:
We will consider closing if:
When there is substantial community transmission?
Additional strategies will be considered when there is substantial transmission in the local community in addition to those implemented when there is no, minimal, or moderate transmission. These strategies may include:
Frequently Asked Questions from Parents:
Q: What is the risk of my child becoming sick with COVID-19?
A: Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.
Q: How can I protect my child from COVID-19 infection?
A: You can encourage your child to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by teaching them to do the same things everyone should do to stay healthy.
Clean hands often using soap and water (for 20 seconds) or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing)
Encourage your children and those around them to cough/sneeze into their elbow
Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
Q: Are the symptoms of COVID-19 different in children than in adults?
A: No. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms. Reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported. It’s not known yet whether some children may be at higher risk for severe illness, for example, children with underlying medical conditions and special healthcare needs. There is much more to be learned about how the disease impacts children.
Q: Should children wear masks?
A: No. If your child is healthy, there is no need for them to wear a facemask. Only people who have symptoms of illness or who are providing care to those who are ill should wear masks.
Q: If I’m receiving WINZ, and my MASH closes, do I still get the subsidy?
A: We currently are awaiting advice from the Ministry of Social Development and will update families as soon as information comes in.
Q: How will I know if my MASH programme is still open or closed?
A: We will be emailing all parents/caregivers with updated information as it comes to hand, as well as updating our website.