Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has reassured parents and staff at Rangitoto College that there is very little risk from a COVID-19 case in a school family.

An ARPHS spokesperson says letters informing staff and families of the situation have been issued explaining that a student has been only briefly at school since a family member become sick with COVID-19.

The student is not considered a close contact, as they had minimal exposure to the person while this person was infectious.

The student is well and has had a negative test result. They have only been at school for a very short time since their household member became sick.

The student was very unlikely to have been infectious with COVID-19 while at school.

The whole family is in self-isolation and no one else from the household has been at school since their family member become contagious.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service considers the risk to any other students or staff to be very low, and the school remains safe to attend.

The service is asking for the school community to be vigilant for the symptoms of COVID-19, as a precaution. These can include one or more of the following:

  • New or worsening cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Temporary loss of smell
  • Difficulty breathing


Anyone with these symptoms should call their doctor or Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice and to arrange a test. They will explain what to do.

Rangitoto College will not be telling parents or staff the name of the student or the family to protect their privacy.

More information is available on the COVID-19 and Auckland Regional Public Health Service websites.

For health advice call Healthline for free anytime on 0800 611 116
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