Can't say I blame them for that reaction. As well as risk of facilitating community spread, teachers are people with families etc and will be concerned about catching the disease and bringing it home. I'm not sure if the science - how the disease may transfer amongst children - is well understood. Erring on the safe side would be smart IMO.
The Teaching Council has called for all schools and daycare centres to shut down immediately to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
In an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday, Teaching Council chief executive Lesley Hoskin made the call which she said was on behalf of 130,000 teachers.
The closure should be immediate, she said.