Coronavirus: Two Rotorua school students, staff member tested for COVID-19

A school in Rotorua is awaiting test results amid concerns a number of students and a staff member have coronavirus.

Two students and one staff member at Selwyn School were tested on Wednesday, the school wrote on its Facebook page.

All three are in isolation.

The results are not expected until the weekend.

"There is no compulsion from the Ministry of Health to advise our Selwyn whānau, but we have decided that it is best we do," principal Peter Barker and Board of Trustees chairperson Noelani Hudson wrote in a statement posted to Facebook.

"As whānau, we are sure you would want to know." 

Classes on Thursday were set to go ahead as normal, though the school was planned to be closed on Friday in any case due to a teachers' only day.

The school said the results of the testing would be shared via Facebook and the school app. 

In a follow-up post on Facebook, Barker said that closing the school was "not an option". 

"The decision to close the school sits with the Ministry of Health. Legally we cannot do that at this stage. We have to work within the parameters of the law."

Any parents concerned about the wellbeing of their children could keep them at home on Thursday, Barker said.

"The Ministry of Health tells us there is no need for any of our students to self isolate at this stage. However, if your child is displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 we urge you to seek medical advice.

"Please be assured that we are doing all that we can to manage this situation."