Mask Wearing Update

Kia ora Koutou

A combination of the usual Term 3 winter illnesses and COVID-19 is likely to put more pressure on our kura and community. Further to our email last week, we have reviewed our mask-wearing expectations and have made the following decisions;

  • We will continue to strongly recommend that students wear masks while indoors at school. Mask wearing along with classroom ventilation remain the most effective ways we can limit the spread of covid and winter illnesses.
  • Masks continue to be required for all in-person assemblies.
  • Masks are compulsory during the Senior Practice Exams that are running from Monday 5th September to Tuesday 13th September.  Students will be working for up to three hours in each exam room and mask-wearing will help ensure the safety of the students.  Desks will also be spaced out and rooms will be ventilated.
  • Masks will be made available in every classroom and teachers will encourage students to make use of them.
  • If students have mask exemptions, whānau need to ensure that the details of this have been shared with the year level dean. 

This recommendation does not include any situation where mask wearing might not be practicable, such as 

  • while eating and drinking
  • playing certain musical instruments
  • indoor sport 
  • where it will have a significant impact on teaching and learning (for example, students with particular learning needs)
  • certain activities such as singing or drama performance, and 
  • Physical Education and Sport 

Thank you for your support with these messages with our students. 


Ngā mihi

Marie Gordon
Principal

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