HBHS Pastoral Care Alert Level 2

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Please be aware of the following Hamilton Boys’ High School regulations and protocols, in accordance with the recent move to Alert Level 2 status. Our continuing goal is to ensure that Hamilton Boys’ High School remains a safe environment for students and staff, in accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines (https://www.education.govt.nz/covid-19/)

The key considerations for our school are:

  • People with COVID-19 symptoms or who are sick, stay away from Hamilton Boys’ High School
  • Physical distancing is maintained, where possible (this means students and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other)
  • Good hygiene practices are a priority

To ensure this takes place:

  • Students are to bring their own hand sanitiser and tissues, if possible
  • Students may bring their own protective mask if they wish to
  • Students are to follow all directions concerning physical distancing, including signs and movement around the school, both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • It is more important than ever, that students returning to classes are fully prepared for each lesson, as the sharing of equipment is not an option during this time.
  • Any student displaying symptoms of illness should not be sent to school. If students display any symptoms at Tutor Group time, they will be sent to the Deans secretary, who will contact parents/caregivers. Parents/caregivers must then collect their sons from the seats outside the Student Services Centre on Argyle Street.
  • Where practicable, students must maintain a routine, in which they regularly wash and dry hands with soap, cough and sneeze into their elbow, and try to avoid touching their face. 
  • Students intentionally displaying poor hygiene, including coughing/sneezing without covering their face, the sharing of food and drink, spitting, or failing to use tissues and hand sanitizer/hand washing, following a request to do so, may be subject to disciplinary action.
  •  All students returning to class on Monday 18 May, must adhere to the standard facial hair (clean-shaven) and uniform regulations. We understand the challenges posed by our hair regulations in these circumstances; therefore, students will have a grace period of one week to obtain a regulation haircut, with the expectation that they will attempt to maintain an orderly appearance in the meantime. Standard hair regulations will be in full effect from 25 May.
  • Parents with concerns around physical distancing on buses, should read the school links notice shared earlier, or contact the bus company directly. 
  • Drop off and pick up of students must occur outside of the school grounds.

In conclusion, we are looking forward to all our students returning to school and having the opportunity to welcome them back on Monday.

Ngaa mihi nui,
Senior Management