For the first four weeks of Term Three, children in Year 4 and above will be required to wear masks inside at school to provide added protection for our students, staff and community.
This is the strong recommendation from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health in response to the increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases and other winter illnesses. In previous years there has been an increase in winter illnesses in schools at the start of Term 3 as students bring back infections after travelling and socialising during the holidays.
Wearing masks can reduce new cases of the virus by as much as 53%. It works alongside other measures including vaccination, good ventilation, staying home when sick, and hand washing and other hygiene measures, to protect our students and staff.
We know that that some of our tamariki are exempt from wearing a mask. If they have an exemption card or a letter from their health provider, or we have agreed that mask wearing is not practicable for them, we will support them to not wear a mask.
Please make sure that tamariki come to school ready to wear masks. Students should bring masks from home. We also have a supply of masks available for children at school.
Thank you for your support in protecting our school community.
Noho ora mai
By Anna Ashby
- Covid-19 Update-Masks term 3 PDF, 86 KB