School Reopens on Thursday

Under COVID19 Alert Level 2

Whitney Street School Open from Thursday 9 September

We are very excited to announce that schools south of Auckland will be open for ALL students this Thursday 9 September at 9am. Masks are not mandated for use in schools - they are only recommended.


Our Alert Level 2 Parent and Caregiver Procedure /Guidelines are here. Please read through them carefully although they are subject to change. We will update them as we are given further advice from the Ministry of Education and Health.

You can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with, and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.


Once again we ask that you drop your children at the gates unless you are the parent of a New Entrant. We will have staff with a Contact Tracing clipboard and the QR code available at each gate for you to sign in if you need to come on site.

Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. There will be 2 metre distancing for adults in the office area and we ask that you observe this anywhere on school grounds. We talk to the students about using their ‘chicken wings’ or ‘short aeroplane wings’ to keep a bit of distance between them. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.

Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.

For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/

If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact Lisa or Christee.

We will keep you informed as more advice comes to hand from the government. Thanks for following these procedures and fingers crossed we return to Alert Level 1 shortly.


Ngā mihi


Christee and Lisa