Senior students in level three regions get to go back to school from Tuesday, but for years one to 10, no such luck.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins says those students might not return to school until 2022.
And if they do, Hipkins says some options being considered to make it work are rostered attendance, and learning outdoors in the warmer months.
Principal of Rowandale Primary School in Manurewa, Karl Vasau said it’s not as simple as just getting kids back in the classroom.
“Sometimes we think, goodness me, let’s get them back to school, let’s make it safe, but sometimes Kate, getting them back to school just won’t work.”