Schools wash their hands of Covid

Friday 24 July 2020 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Health


Schools wash their hands of Covid
Acting High Commissioner Rachel Bennett and Secretary of Education Danielle Tungane Cochrane helping to make up packs. 20072203

Schools have been provided with hand towels, face tissues, cleaning products, hand sanitisers and more, as the country works to stave off Covid-19.

They will help maintain good hygiene and sanitising practices as detailed by Te Marae Ora and the popular ‘Orei te Rima’ hand hygiene song.

New Zealand’s acting High Commissioner Rachel Bennett and Secretary of Education Danielle Tungane Cochrane, whose organisations worked together on the hygiene packs’ distribution, got to see them being made up this week.

Cochrane said teachers had worked hard to put in place increased hygiene measures that were both realistic and applicable to their learners.

“Our students have since become wonderful advocates for the hygiene practices endorsed by Te Marae Ora, while at home with their families,” she said.

“Schools have been doing a great job with embedding these same messages of increased hand washing and hygiene practices into their new norms and throughout their teaching and learning programmes.

“Additional support with products, such as those generously provided by New Zealand High Commission, has meant that schools can continue to highlight these important messages.”

Hygiene packs for Northern Group schools were sent this week and delivery of the packs to Rarotonga and to Southern Group schools will occur next week, in time for the start of Term 3 on Monday July 27.