Health & Safety

Basic Hygiene

Upon entering school and before entering any classroom students will use hand sanitiser.

Students will wash and dry their hands regularly, including every time they leave the classroom, at their assigned sinks.

Hand sanitiser will be placed inside each building entry door and in each classroom.

The policy of 'coughing and sneezing into your elbow' will be strenuously encouraged.

After each learning block, teachers will use disinfectant wipes to clean table surfaces and chairs. They will then use hand sanitiser prior to exiting the room.

At the end of each day, the school will be thoroughly cleaned by Crest Cleaning staff.


Breaks for morning tea and lunch will be staggered and in designated areas so that no two classes will be using the same space at the same time.

Students sit in their designated spot in for eating snacks and lunch. Students are encouraged to maintain physical distancing.

On wet days, Blake & Hillary students will eat their lunch in Blake, Taylor students will eat their lunch in the other Taylor learning space, Te Kanawa on the deck out the front of their room, Rutherford and Bubble students on the verandah out the front of the old block.

Students are to place all food scraps and rubbish back into their lunchbox for disposal at home.

As the water fountains are closed off students are to bring their own water bottle from home that will be refilled by the teachers as needed. The school will provide a bottle of water should a student accidentally forget theirs.

There will be no lunches supplied by Te Hihi Autocourt.

The L@H teacher will cover the students during break times to allow the F2F teacher to have a break. L@H teachers will be assigned break times to allow for them to cover students.

During the break time, the F2F teacher is to sanitise tabletops, door handles and other surfaces that are frequently touched.

Mask Wearing

Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert Level Requirements) Health Order, it’s a legal requirement that all students from Year 4 wear a face covering when they are inside at school unless they have an exemption.

As Taylor is a composite Year 3 & 4 class, students in Year 3 are requested to also wear a mask. Students below Year 3 can wear a mask if they wish.

When wearing their mask, students and staff must make sure the mask covers their nose and chin all the time, and fit their face.

Masks with three layers of material are more effective than the paper ones.

Students who forget to bring their mask will be issued a paper mask for the day.

If a student continually removes their mask their parents will be called to come to school to collect them.

Mask wearing is compulsory for students over 12 who ride the school bus and strongly encouraged for all other students.


Getting as much fresh air in the classroom as we can has been endorsed as the best way to ventilate New Zealand schools by the Ministry of Health and NIWA, and generally as the best approach for schools by the World Health Organisation, Centre for Disease Control to reduce transmission risks

The school will be using the classrooms that provide the greatest cross-flow of ventilation.

In addition, where weather permits, teachers are encouraged to spend some time teaching outside the classroom. This will also allow the air in the classrooms to refresh.

Public Health Measures

If a child or staff member is sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if a doctor or health professional recommends them to do so).

Staff will observe students on arrival checking for symptoms and ask those presenting as unwell to go home or arrange for parents and caregivers to come and pick up. Please note, this does not mean that temperatures will be taken

Principals at state and state-integrated schools have authority to preclude a student from attending if they believe on reasonable grounds they may have a communicable disease under section 77 of the Education and Training Act 2020.

Vulnerable people

Vulnerable students should, where possible, remain at home and access the distance learning programme. Teachers who are considered vulnerable per the Covid guidelines should consult with their doctor and request a medical certificate. This is to be shared with the Principal and alternative arrangements will be made.

Movement around the school

All movement of students around the school during learning time is to be supervised by a teacher or teacher aide. When students are moving around the building, they must wash hands before moving to another section of the school, use the assigned bathrooms with the knowledge of the F2F teacher, and keep hands and bodies to themselves

Only students in Taylor Learning Space on the top floor of the new classroom block are allowed to go up and down the stairs. No one is allowed to use the elevator unless they physically can't walk up and down the stairs.

Sick Bay

Sick Bay

Students are to only access the sick bay for serious illness or injury or in the case of suspected viral infection.

The F2F teachers will contact Birdie Dell to speak with her regarding the symptoms the student is displaying and an 'over the phone' assessment will be made. If it is deemed the student is unwell, Birdie will contact the parents to collect the student. The student will then be sent to the sick bay with their bag.

Isolation Area

To help reduce the potential transmission of the virus between the patient and other students and staff. If a student or staff member exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, they will be escorted to the school hall where a temporary Isolation Area will be set up. The office staff will call the parent to arrange for immediate pickup of the sick child.

Symptomatic individuals

Students and staff will be required to remain home or will be sent home if they exhibit one of the following symptoms:

  • Fever of 37.5℃ or higher

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • New loss of taste or smell


  • Two or more of the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhoea

  • Loss of appetite

In the event that a student exhibits symptoms at school, a member of the office staff will call the parent to arrange for immediate pickup.


All of our toilets will be unisex toilets.

Students in Blake and Hillary, as a combined class, will use the toilets on the ground floor of the double storey block.

Taylor students will use the High Dependency toilet on the upper floor of the double storey block.

What are normally the girls' toilet behind the old classroom block will become a unisex toilet for Te Kanawa.

What are normally the boys' toilet behind the old classroom block will become a unisex toilet for Rutherford students. The urinal in this toilet will be completely blocked off.

All toilet pan cubicles provide the standard of privacy that normal public toilets provide.

The bubble class students will use the pool toilets.

Staff will use the staff toilets providing no staff member from another class/area are using the toilet at the same time.

It is essential hygiene that after using the toilet students and staff wash and dry their hands.

Swimming Pool

We are waiting for advice from the Ministry of Education regarding whether the pool can be used. In the meantime, the swimming pool is closed under the current settings.

Parents and caregivers on site

Adults continue to provide the greater risk for transmission of COVID-19, and therefore at Alert Level 3 it is recommended parents and caregivers do not congregate on the school site.

Parents should wear face coverings when dropping off and picking up students from school.

In the event that a child's parent or caregiver does need to come on site this must be pre-arranged. The office will advise whether or not they are required to be vaccinated.

It is important to continue to observe all Alert Level 3 behaviours. As such, congregating socially outside the school gates should be avoided.

Should parents need to drop anything off to school they are requested to call the office to arrange for one of the office staff to come and collect the item.

In the rare case when a parent does need to come onto the school campus, they must scan using the Covid Tracer App and sign in on the VisTab in the office.