COVID-19: Latest updates from MOE 


Last updated: Tuesday 9 June 2020 at 9.30am. 

We are at Alert Level 1

New Zealand is now at Alert Level 1, as of Tuesday 9 June.

Covid-19 Alert Level 1 announcement

The key changes for schools at Alert Level 1 are: 

  • Physical distancing is not a requirement but where possible or practicable is encouraged when you are around people you don’t know.
  • There are no specific public health requirements.
  • There are no restrictions on personal movement so all students, children and staff continue to be safe to go to school / early learning, and all students must attend school.
  • You are no longer required to keep a contact tracing register but will continue with the usual practice of having a visitor and an attendance register (and will need to work with local health authorities to identify close contacts, should there be a case connected with the school).
  • There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings or on physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events.

There are key public health measures - Golden Rules - for everyone in New Zealand to follow. For schools and early learning services this means:

  • If people are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms).
  • Continue to regularly wash and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbows.
  • Soap, water and the ability to dry hands should be provided in bathrooms.
  • Regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  • Support contact tracing efforts by displaying QR Code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App (see item below for more information).
  • Stringent self-isolation of those who display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or have been overseas in the last 14 days – Ministry of Health information for self-isolation.

At all levels, upon advice from the local medical officer of health, any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.

Insurance cover for digital devices for students learning from home

With the majority of students back at school, we’re reminding you about the claims procedure should this be required.

If you are in the Ministry’s Risk Management Scheme (Contents, Liability and Cyber Insurance):

  • Placing a claim - Schools work directly with our RMS Loss Adjustor - Crawford & Company to manage claims.
  • As repairs or replacing devices will be needed during COVID-19 Alert Levels, claims can be submitted as required and the $100 excess for the COVID-19 event will only be applied once. 

If you are not in this scheme:

  • Contact your insurer directly to understand what cover you have for devices sent home with students.
  • Raise your claim/s with your insurance provider in the first instance to receive the cover you have paid for.
  • To claim back the excess contact Crawford and Company with evidence of the claim and the excess charged.
  • To claim back a loss not covered by your policy contact Crawford and Company, with evidence of the loss and your insurer’s advice of non-coverage.
  • The first $100 excess for the COVID-19 event will apply, as it does for schools in the RMS but all further excesses or losses will be covered. 

Time limit
There is no time limit on when claims need to be lodged with Crawford and Company but we recommend you do this as soon as possible to ensure you have workable devices for students and your school. More than one claim can be made, so you don’t have to wait until all devices are returned and any damage assessed.
 
COVID-19 Alert Level 1
If you are in the Ministry’s Risk Management Scheme (Contents, Liability and Cyber Insurance):

  • The RMS COVID-19 event status will end when Level 1 is declared either nationally or for the region the school is in. After this,claims will revert to normal practice and each claim for a hand held device will incur the $100 excess.
  • For a loss that occurred during COVID-19 alert levels 2, 3 or 4, claims can still be lodged with Crawford and Company.
  • The criteria for the claim and the excess that applies is when the loss or damage occurred.

If you are not in this scheme:

  • The RMS COVID-19 event status will end when Level 1 is declared either nationally or for the region the school is in. After this, claims will revert to normal practice and should be made to your insurance provider
  • For a loss that occurred during COVID-19 alert levels 2, 3 or 4, claims can still be lodged with Crawford and Company, with evidence of the loss and your insurer’s advice of non-coverage.
  • The criteria for the claim, the excess that applies and the additional cover provided by the Ministry, is when the loss or damage occurred.

More information 

School bulletin:

School Bulletin COVID-19 update – 8 June

Read previous versions of the Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero

More information:

MOE property checklist for schools 

COVID-19 Alert Levels summary table[PDF, 1.5 MB]

Detailed COVID-19 Alert Levels table[PDF, 1.7 MB]

COVID-19 – Ministry of Health 

Unite against COVID-19 - covid19.govt.nz 

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