COVID Orange - Email to parents 13 April

Kia ora parents and caregivers

You’ll be aware that New Zealand is moving to Orange under the Covid traffic light system after the Government’s announcement earlier today. The decision has been made on public health advice and reflects that the country is moving past the peak of cases, our health system is able to cope, and cases are declining. 

I want to give you an update of what the move to Orange means for our school.

At Orange, face masks are no longer required at schools, and this will be something you (and our students) will have noted.  However, for tomorrow – Thursday 14 April – we are asking all students and staff to continue to wear their masks as they have been doing during this term. (We have plenty of masks at the Office if any students have already thrown their mask away!)

The reasons for this are simple – we want to get to the end of the term with as little risk as possible of anyone contracting Covid from someone at school. We’ve all worked hard to stick to our rules and get to this point, and I don’t want anyone to become sick over the holidays. 

Also, we want to have time to assess the risk factors around not wearing masks before making ongoing decisions about this, and we have families who would appreciate some time to get used to having their children at school in a mask-free environment. 

We will be looking at this over the holidays, and it may be that we still require students to bring a mask to school every day because they may be asked to wear it at times, eg for large assemblies. I will let you know our new protocols over the holiday break.

Thank you again, for all your support of the school, teachers and staff over the term. It’s been hard going at times, and we are all looking forward to the break. 

Ngā mihi nui


Judith Taylor