Some Auckland secondary school principals want students back in the classroom next Tuesday.

Auckland schools have been shut for nine weeks because of the Delta outbreak.

Papatoetoe High School principal Vaughan Couillault said it was time to get Auckland students back to school.

“Let’s get kids in classes on Tuesday and let’s work out a way we can do that safely.”

That could be done by ensuring there are high levels of vaccination, masks are worn on school grounds and restricting how many students are there at a time, he said.

“Students are rapidly becoming demotivated… because they realise the time left that we have this year is insufficient to possibly do what they had hoped.”

Auckland Secondary Principals Association President Steve Hargreaves would prefer the government err on the side of caution.

“My feeling is that, yes, exams are important but they are not as important as keeping the community safe, looking after the wellbeing of staff and students, people not taking Covid-19 home to multi-generational households and other sick and vulnerable people. So my feeling would be, we’ve got to play it safe.”


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