I am aware there is social media content circulating that is wrong and unnecessarily upsetting parents and whānau. The gist of the misinformation is that the law passed on 13 May gives powers to Police and others to uplift children from school if they appear unwell and forcibly test for COVID-19, and administer medication including flu vaccinations.

If you have read this then I want to assure you that schools are exempt therefore neither Police, Oranga Tamariki nor anyone else have been given any such powers. If a child is unwell at Upper Moutere School we will contact you or your designated emergency contact as we always do and ask for your child to be collected.