Parents alerted after dad of student attending Tongan Fiafia night at Auckland school tests positive for coronavirus

Kuo tuku atu ha tohi mei he puleako ‘o e ako’anga Mt Roskill Grammar ki he ngaahi mātu’a’ ‘o fakahā kuo puke ha tamai ‘a ha tokotaha ako ai ‘i he mahaki fakatupu ‘e he vailasikolona’. Na’e ‘i ‘Iulope ‘a e tamai ko ‘eni’ pea foki mai ki ‘Aokalani he ‘aho 12 ‘o Mā’asi’ ‘o ne kau atu ai ki he pō fakafiefia ko ‘eni’. ‘Oku laungeau ‘a e fānau Tonga ‘oku nau ako ‘i he ako’anga’ ni.

The Mt Roskill Grammar school has written to all parents after a father of a pupil tested positive for the coronavirus.

The dad returned to Auckland from Europe and on March 12  he attended the Tongan Fiafia event at the school that night for about an hour, Principal Greg Watson’s letter said.

Hundreds of Tongan students enrolled with the school.

Watson assured all parents guidance is being followed and advised them to visit the government website covid19.govt.nz for information about symptoms of the virus.

“We have sought the urgent advice of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health,” the email reads.

“Health authorities are contacting the few people who are considered close contacts. We have received initial advice from the Auckland Regional Public Service that most people who attended the event, and the wider school community, will not have been exposed to the person and therefore are not at risk.”

“I’m sorry to be giving you this news,” Watson wrote. “Our Roskill spirit of manaakitanga – upholding the dignity of all – will be our guide at this difficult time.”

Meanwhile Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said the alert level was staying at 2 as there was still no evidence of community outbreak, though two possible cases were still being investigated.

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