Te Awamutu College school uniforms will be sold at cost price from the school’s uniform shop starting next term.
The decision was made by the board so it could support parents and caregivers in an equitable way during a time when prices and living expenses are rising significantly.
Board chairperson Craig Yarndley said sound financial management and funds from the Rogers Trust would fund the move.
The decision will be reviewed by the board next June.
In another Covid related move, the board has decided to close the school on July 8 so the term two break can start a day earlier.
“We have been able to continue staffing the school through our dedicated and loyal external relievers and teachers taking extra classes,” said Yarndley.
Those teachers lost their non-contact periods but meant the college did not have to roster home any students.
“Our priority is both students’ learning and achievement and the wellbeing of our staff and students.”