Masking up for the start of Term 3 Following

In previous years there is an increase in winter illnesses in schools at the start of Term 3 as students bring back infections after
travelling and socialising during the holidays. This year cases of COVID-19 are increasing in most parts of the country, and we are
also seeing high numbers of other winter illnesses.

Following an announcement from the Ministry of Education for the start of Term 3, 2022 for the first four weeks of term
Ōtāhuhu College will require mask wearing in all indoor settings (where it will not have a significant impact on teaching and
learning).

Wearing masks can reduce new cases of the virus by as much as 53%. It works alongside other measures including vaccination,
good ventilation, staying home when sick, and hand washing and other hygiene measures, to protect our students and staff.

Please make sure that your children come to school ready to wear masks. Students should bring masks from home. If students
cannot bring masks there will be a limited supply of masks for students who are unable to bring one from home.
Thank you for your support in protecting our school community and families.