19 October 21
Kia ora Koutou
I would like parents to read both the Covid19 ‘Wear a face covering when leaving your home’ and the guidance from the Ministry of Education for both physical distancing and visitors at school.
Please consider your responsibility to the children, their families and teaching staff when you decide to wear a face covering at school or not.
We are required to wear masks in all the areas shown by bullet points below under level 2 outside of school. Please consider being good role models on our school grounds to the children. I know some families have understandably been very uncomfortable with how parents have not maintained the 2m distancing or face mask wearing guidelines, like we all do in the places listed below.
To me it makes sense that we run our gate and grounds like the alert guidelines for the general public outlined below, to make all families comfortable and most probably keep us all safer. This is not a covid19 announcement, just a request for consideration from you principal on behalf of our families. You make your own decision as a responsible and considerate adult.
Wear a face covering when leaving your home
Alert Level 2
We encourage you to wear a face covering and keep 2 metres distance from others when leaving your home.
If you are around people you do not know, it is a good idea to wear a face covering.
You must wear a face covering when:
- on public transport and at arrival and departure points, for example airports, train stations and bus stops
- on ferry services carrying passengers between the North and South Islands
- on flights
- in taxis or ride share vehicles
- visiting a healthcare or aged care facility
- inside a retail business, for example supermarkets, shopping malls, pharmacies, petrol stations, indoor marketplaces and takeaway food stores
- at a farmer’s market
- inside a vet clinic
- inside public venues, such as museums and libraries, but not at swimming pools
- visiting the public areas within courts, tribunals, local and central government agencies, social service providers, and premises operated by NZ Police.
Ministry of Education guidelines for schools Level 2…
Physical distancing of two metres is recommended for parents and caregivers, from people they don’t know (to align with public health measures outside the school grounds).
Consider how to manage any possible queues at your school office (for visitors). For example, one in and one out, or marking two-metre spacing on the ground.
There are no restrictions on visitors with the exception that you must adhere to the rules for gatherings (eg, events and performances where others come on-site, including parents and caregivers) plus meet all contact tracing requirements. They should also be encouraged to wear a face covering.