Important message regarding use of face masks at Naranga

Dear families,

You will be aware by now that the use of face masks in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire has been mandated from Thursday. At Naranga School this means:

All school-based staff must wear face coverings at school.

Teachers and education support staff will not be required to wear face coverings while teaching, but those who wish to do so, can. Teachers should wear face coverings in other areas of the school when not teaching (for example, in the staffroom, on yard duty and when providing first aid or taking temperatures), and when travelling to and from school.

Students or staff who have a medical condition - including problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on the face, a disability or a mental health condition - are not required to wear a face covering. This includes students who attend specialist schools.

Parents/carers will be required to wear face coverings whenever they leave the house, including for school drop off and pick up.

For Naranga students, wearing a mask is a personal choice. I'd encourage families to consider masks for their children if it gives reassurance. However, it is not required in specialist schools.

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Kai Pukarinen