Boil Water Notice – Havelock North area only
On Friday 12 August the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (“HBDHB”) Public Health Service issued a “boil water notice” following contamination of the water supply that had resulted in an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea in the Havelock North community. The following is advice from the HBDHB to schools, early childhood services and kohanga reo. It is particular to the Hawkes Bay only, and in particular, Havelock North.
You may or may not be considering closing your school as a result of this issue. Closing a school should always be a last resort however provision is made for it under section 65E(1) of the Education Act 1989 allowing schools to close for instruction in an emergency situation of this nature. All schools that do choose to close for instruction should notify both the Ministry of Education and the HBDHB. When thinking about closure, you should consider the following:
- The availability of staff to ensure students are safe;
- Compliance with District Health Board guidelines on drinking water and handwashing procedures; and
- Availability of staff to supervise children in the event some classes can’t be run.
Note that the board may apply to the Secretary for Education to reduce the number of half-days open for instruction if closure is the direct result of an emergency.
It is important to keep parents updated. Facebook and the school website may be the best way in these circumstances.. Further information can be obtained from:
Healthline 0800 611 116 (24/7 advice from a registered nurse)
HBDHB 06 834 1815
If you require any further information, please call NZSTA on 0800 782 435.