HBHS Headmaster's Message Wednesday, 13 April 2022
Kia ora koutou,
You will no doubt be aware that Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has announced the move to the Orange COVID response setting at 11:59pm tonight.
The decision to move to Orange has been made on public health advice and reflects that we are moving past the peak of cases and our health system is able to cope. We are seeing that cases are declining due to high levels of vaccination and natural immunity after infection.
This email is provided to give you an update on what the move to Orange means for our school.
At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. For this reason, we will still encourage students to wear a mask indoors if they prefer. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we also ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.
We also ask that your son continues to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask him to wear a mask – for example, when we are having an assembly in the hall, or in the gym. If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask for masks to be worn in classrooms for a period of time.
At the Orange setting, students aged 12 and above are still required to wear a face mask on school or public transport. Please support us by ensuring that your son complies with this, as it is an ongoing issue for our buses.
We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your continued support, as we make this change, and move closer to being completely back to normal!
Ngaa mihi nui