COVID-19: Advice for boards


Last updated: Wednesday 12 August at 12noon.

Please note the following information on Alert Levels and what this means for New Zealand schools/kura.

Kia ora koutou
 
The shift in alert levels announced by the Prime Minister last night was the last thing any of us wanted to hear, but thank you for the calm and sensible way you have responded to this latest news.
 
It’s good to know we are prepared this time but there is information below to remind you about the important things to do under the different alert levels.
 
We are working on various scenarios that might occur from midnight Friday so we can continue to support you but if you are concerned about anything, please get in touch with your local Ministry office.
 
You have done a wonderful job keeping your communities safe throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and I know you are best placed to continue to do so.
 
He waka eke noa
Iona

Changes to alert levels

Following the announcements last night about new Covid-19 cases being confirmed with no known source of transmission, Alert Level 3 in Auckland and Alert Level 2 for the remainder of New Zealand is to be put in place from midday today.
 
You will already be familiar with alert level requirements and we confirm the following will apply for schools and early learning services:
 
Auckland Region

Alert Level 3 applies from midday today. 
View the Auckland region map here

  • Schools and early learning services are open today and for the remainder of the week but only to those children who need to attend, particularly children of parents and caregivers working in essential services.
     
  • If other children have come in today as normal, ask parents and caregivers to make arrangements to pick them up no later than midday, where possible.
     
  • All children are encouraged to learn from home where possible.
     
  • Put school and early learning service bubbles in place - have groups of 20 or less students in class and keep bubbles the same for the remainder of the week.
     
  • Physical distancing is required inside (1 metre) and outside (2 metres) at school, but is not practicable in early learning services. Physical distancing on school buses is 1 metre.
     
  • Staff at higher risk of severe illness from Covid-19 should stay at home or they can be at school or early learning if you agree it is safe for them to do so.
     
  • Children at higher risk of severe illness from Covid-19 are encouraged to stay home where possible.
     
  • School hostels will continue to operate for those boarders who are unable to safely return home.
     
  • A reminder to have good cleaning practices in place.
     
  • Soap and water is very appropriate for washing hands, particularly if hand sanitiser stocks are low.
     
  • Schools and early learning services, like workplaces, are not considered gatherings – however for visitors including parents and caregivers, they must keep a 2 metre distance from others outside their household bubble and where possible should not come on the school site.
     
  • No non-essential visitors.
     
  • There should be no volunteers for classroom activities.

Contact tracing remains a priority through your visitor register, timetable and attendance register. Support your community by displaying the QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App.
 
Please go to guidance on our website for further details. 
 
All of New Zealand excluding Auckland region

Alert Level 2 applies from midday today. 

  • At Alert Level 2 it is safe for all students, children and staff to attend school and early learning. There will be appropriate precautions in place.
     
  • Children and staff who are at higher-risk of severe illness are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.
     
  • Please be alert to illness and ask anyone who is presenting as unwell to go home, or ask parents and caregivers to come and pick the child up.
     
  • Messaging about good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette to be reinforced.
     
  • Soap and water is very appropriate for washing hands, particularly if hand sanitiser stocks are low.
     
  • For schools, children, young people and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. There does not need to be a specific measurement but where practicable and reasonable 1 metre can be used as a guide, particularly between adults.
     
  • In early learning there does not need to be a measurable physical distance between children/ tamariki or children/tamariki and staff.  However adults should where practicable use 1 metre as a guide between themselves and other adults.
     
  • Physical distancing of 2 metres is recommended for parents and caregivers, from people they don’t know (to align with public health measures outside the school grounds).
     
  • School hostels will continue to operate for those boarders who are unable to safely return home. See the Alert Level 2 guidance for hostels as a reminder of what is required.
     
  • Support your community by displaying the QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App.

Please go to our guidance on our website for further details.
 
Masks
Masks are not required at schools and early learning services at Alert levels 2 and 3.

QR Code posters
Please see our Bulletin item from 4 August about how to get your QR code posters - Importance of having a QR Code at the entrance to your school.

 

 

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