New Zealand moves to the Red setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework tonight.
As you will have heard the Prime Minister announced that the whole of New Zealand will move to the Red setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework tonight Sunday 23 January at 11.59pm.
Schools and kura will remain open under the Red traffic light setting. The largest change at the Red settings is that when school resumes it will be compulsory for students and staff to wear face masks whilst indoors, in close contact with others and on busses. Students will be required to provide their own mask. If your child has an exemption from wearing a mask they will need to ensure they have this evidence on them at all times.
We will also be unable to hold large indoor gatherings at Red. This means that there will be changes to our start of year processes. These will be communicated once finalised.
There will be other changes that will impact the experience students have at school, particularly in relation to extra-curricular events, sports and arts activities. We are awaiting further information from the Ministry of Education. Once I receive this, I will provide families with a comprehensive overview of the changes we are required to make.
For the Year 13 students involved in our Peer Support training programme, this will continue as planned tomorrow. Please ensure you wear a face mask.
In the meantime, if you wish to know more about the Red setting and how this might impact schooling, please follow this link.
For now, I look forward to welcoming all students back to school from Tuesday 1 February. Although school may look a little different for the start of 2022, I can assure you we are here to help you through this new setting of the COVID-19 pandemic as we strive to ensure the safety of our school community.
By Daniel Wilson