The government has announced that secondary school students in Years 11-13 who live in alert level 3 areas will be able to return to the classroom on 26 October.
The decision was announced at by Education Minister Chris Hipkins today at 1pm.
Returning students will need to wear a mask and staff and volunteers working in schools will need to have a negative Covid test before attending. Everyone on site would be required to wear a mask.
Students in Auckland have been away from school for 10 weeks.
The government also announced that they will not rule out students in Years 1 to 10 returning before Christmas and will consider health advise around this.
The Ministry of Education said reopening Auckland’s classrooms to senior students was in their best interests as exams are approaching quickly.
In a message to schools today, it said allowing the students back into classrooms was critical for their learning.