Northern Health School

School for students with health issues


Te Puna Whakatipu

A place to grow and thrive


Northern Health School

School for students with health issues


Te Puna Whakatipu

A place to grow and thrive

May 12 2020

Kia ora koutou

Like me, I am sure you have followed with interest the announcements made by the Prime Minister.

It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and I thank you for your ongoing support for the work we are doing.

On Monday, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2, schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.

The Northern Health School is starting the process of returning to normal operation.  That will include welcoming students and staff back to our school sites when we are properly prepared.

The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.

 As we have done throughout this pandemic, we are taking a very conservative approach, as we recognise that our students are more vulnerable than most.

From next week we will be offering the following as part of a staged return process:

  • In-patient services: we will take our lead from the host organisations about whether we should be on site and in what form. Your teacher will let you know what is happening in your Unit.
  • Home visits, working in public places such as libraries and working in schools of enrolment:  we will not be working in these places at this stage as we see the risks as too great. We will review this decision regularly.
  • Support Centre Classrooms: we will start to open up classrooms, but with strict health and safety guidelines, including the number of students in the space, physical distancing and sanitising practices.
  • We will continue to offer distance / online support for students who cannot, or choose not to attend support centres.

You can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is present at our school sites and who our staff and students have been in close contact with.  We will be taking appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.

 Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms. For students who usually come into our Unit classrooms, we will be asking if they are able to start attending from next week.  Please note that classroom times may change to allow for physical distancing.

Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid’s not measles or chickenpox, it doesn’t hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don’t have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their ‘moist breath’ zone”. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2!

It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.

For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the website:

If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or your student’s programme, please contact your student’s teacher.
We will be in touch again soon to update you on our plans.

Ngā mihi

Richard Winder
Northern Health School

Guidance for parents to talk with their children re COVID 19

A nurturing school for students with health issues

It can be a worrying time when your child is forced to miss school due to illness or accident, however we at the Northern Health School can help.

We are one of three New Zealand health schools providing community, in-home and hospital based teaching to school aged students who are too unwell to attend their regular school.

Tailored Programmes

We pride ourselves on providing individualised programmes tailored to meet the health and education needs of our students.

Globally Unique

This integrated service is, we believe, unique in the world and allows our teachers to provide a seamless service to each student.

Close Relationships

We have a close relationship with each of the other two health schools which makes the service we offer a national one.



The learner is the reason and the focus of all we do.
Every learner receives an education, no matter what their illness, where they live, or what path they want to follow.
The learners’ voices and choices are central to everything.
High quality staff deliver consistency and cohesiveness across the school.

Vision and Mission Statement


Commitment to learning and the learner.
Compassion inherent in all that we do.
Achievement through setting and achieving learner-centered goals.
Respect for culture, diversity and each other.
Equity of opportunity for all learners.

NAG1 – Curriculum

NAG1 – Assessment
NAG1 – Assessment for National Qualifications
NAG1 – STAR Funding

NAG2 – Documentation and Self Review

NAG2 – Complaints
NAG2 – Media
NAG2 – Reporting to Families, Schools of Origin and other Agencies

NAG3 – Personnel

NAG3 – Allocation of Classroom Release Time
NAG3 – Allocation of Management Units
NAG3 – Appointments
NAG3 – Discretionary Leave
NAG3 – Domestic Violence Leave
NAG3 – Equal Employment Opportunity
NAG3 – Ethics
NAG3 – Financial Assistance for Tertiary Study
NAG3 – Incidental Private Use of a School Vehicle by Principal
NAG3 – Internet Safety
NAG3 – On-Line Learning
NAG3 – Performance Management
NAG3 – Privacy
NAG3 – Protected Disclosures
NAG3 – Smoke Free
NAG3 – Staff and Board of Trustees Travel and Accomodation

NAG4 – Finance and Property

NAG4 – Credit Card
NAG4 – Financial Management
NAG4 – Fixed Assets
NAG4 – Fraud and Theft Prevention
NAG4 – Property Management
NAG4 – Sensitive Expenditure
NAG4 – Vehicle Purchase and Sale

NAG5 – Health and Safety

NAG5 – Child and Youth Protection
NAG5 – Health and Safety
NAG5 – Induction, Training and Information
NAG5 – Infection Control
NAG5 – Others in the Workplace
NAG5 – Pandemic Epidemic
NAG5 – Personal Protective Equipment
NAG5 – Restraint and Seclusion
NAG5 – Safe Driving
NAG5 – Student Disclosures
NAG5 – Transporting Students
NAG5 – Traumatic Incident Response
NAG5 – Welfare of Animals
NAG5 – Wellbeing

NAG6 – General Legislation

NAG6 – Administration
NAG6 – Performance Appraisal of the Principal

We would like to give special thanks and acknowledge the following organisation for their interest in our school and kind donations

Morrinsville Combined Lions’ Clubs