An East Auckland school is remaining open despite a student testing positive for Covid-19 as the risk of further transmission is understood to be low.
Farm Cove Intermediate School in Pakuranga sent an email to parents and caregivers today, confirming a student was infectious onsite on Monday this week.
It said those who were in close contact with the student had been given appropriate public health advice, including testing and isolation requirements.
It advised those with symptoms to get tested and stay away from the school. Anyone without symptoms could attend school.
Principal Tamara Jones said parents of close contacts had been calm and understood the Ministry of Health guidelines.
"Our school community know that we prioritise students' safety and wellbeing," she said.
Jones wished the student a speedy recovery and assured her community the school was working closely with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.
"This may be distressing news for many in our school community.
"Fortunately, we have robust health and safety measures in place to protect students and staff onsite."
Today's email from the school said it would remain open, stating: "Based on international and local evidence and experience, the risk of Covid-19 transmission within school settings is considered low.
"That means it is no longer necessary for the school to immediately close when a case has been identified as infectious while at school.
"Farm Cove Intermediate School is staying open at this time."
The email goes on to encourage whānau to get vaccinated and outlines what symptoms were associated with Covid-19.
It comes after two schools in the Bay of Plenty area registered positive cases among their students this week.
Two students at Te Puna School and a student at Mount Maunganui Intermediate School have tested positive for Covid-19.
Te Puna School was closed on Wednesday.
Mount Maunganui Intermediate School stayed open, but about 30 per cent of the school roll stayed at home on Wednesday.