Auckland Kids can return to school from Wednesday 17 November 2021

Auckland Kids can return to school from Wednesday 17 November 2021

Going to school with masks

Today Education Minister, Chris Hipkins announced when Auckland school students can return to school:
 –  Years 9 and 10 can return to school from November 17.
 –  Years 1 to 8 can return part-time from November 17.

Chris Hipkins said: “Public health advice supports a return to onsite learning. Measures to help minimise the risk of COVID-19 will include mask wearing from year 4 up in most cases, ventilating classrooms, limiting the number of students on site, and making sure groups of children distance from each other.

Each school and kura will decide what works best for their learners and their community. That might be by alternating days or half weeks– through year levels, or through whānau groupings. Full-time learning will continue on-site for students whose parents have needed it, for example to go to work.”

What do you think about your children returning to school?

What do Auckland parents think about their kids returning to school?

Read what Auckland parents think about sending their children back to school in the comments on our Facebook page below.

There are mixed reactions from Auckland parents. Some are happy for their children to return to school,  while others will be keeping their children at home.

Many parents have expressed a concern about their children having to wear masks at school.  Implementing this will not be easy for schools especially when some classes at school are a mixed Year 3 and Year 4 class.

Watch the Government's full announcement here

Chris Hipkins announcement about schools reopening starts at 16:35 minutes into the video.

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