Covid update- mask wearing

Term Three Covid update 2022

Kia ora koutou,

Last night we received some updated advice from the Ministry of Education about Covid and mask wearing in schools. The new information stated:

“The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education strongly recommend that all schools and kura amend their mask policy for the first four weeks of Term 3 to require mask wearing in all indoors for students Year 4 and above, where it will not have a significant impact on teaching and learning.”

In light of this our Dannevirke South School Board have decided to amend the school’s Covid policy to make mask wearing compulsory for the first 4 weeks of Term 3 for year 4 to 8 students when indoors. 

 

This policy is to ensure we keep our students and staff as safe and well as possible- from both Covid and the winter bugs currently circulating. 

Whilst some may have already caught Covid or feel that the risk to themselves is low, this is about keeping everyone safe- we do not know if we could pass illness on to someone who may suffer badly when infected.

We ask that you support us with this by sending your child to school with a mask on Monday and talking to them about the importance of wearing it correctly when indoors (if they are a year 4 to 8 student). Year 0 to 3 students are welcome to wear masks if you wish them to. 

If they do not have a mask then one will be provided.

If your child has an exemption please email me on principal@dannevirkesouth.school.nz 

We are doing everything possible to keep our students and staff safe- and this policy is part of that. It is really important for our childrens’ well-being (social, emotional and mental) and academic progress for students to attend school when they are well. We have noticed that some students are experiencing high levels of absences and we will be working with families to help them return to school. The Ministry of Education states that any child attending less than 94% of the time as concerning, with those attending below 90% classed as truant. 

However, if your child is unwell they do need to remain home until they are well. Staff will send home any child that appears sick to ensure the safety of the other staff and students around them.

Our staff worked incredibly hard last term, often with reduced staffing due to illness and we will continue to do our utmost to keep the school open and staffed. If we reach a point where we are unable to staff a class they may be rostered off site to learn at home for a time. This is our last resort. 

If you have any questions, please just contact us

Caroline and The South School team.