Rest facilities at schools

Requirements for rest facilities, also known as sick bays, on school property.

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  • Boards
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Proprietors
  • Project Manager

Rest facilities are required at all schools. Boards must provide rest facilities so that students or teachers who are unwell or injured have a place to rest. 

Providing rest facilities (sick bay)

If your school has a roll of:

  • fewer than 61 students, you must provide rest facilities in the staffroom or another appropriate place
  • 61 students or more, you must have a rest, casualty or isolation room of at least 7m2 — the room must have access to toilet facilities with a hand wash basin with hot and cold water. 

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