Education

Guidance on education during each Alert Level, including distance learning and sending children to school.

When to stay home

Staying at home if you’re sick is the best thing you can do to stop any future spread of COVID-19.

If you’re feeling unwell, it’s critical you stay at home and recover.

Self-isolation

If you’re waiting for COVID-19 test results, and have been told you need to self-isolate, you legally must do so immediately.

Self-isolation means staying at home and taking common sense precautions to avoid close contact with those you live with.

If an education facility is connected to a case

If an educational facility is connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, it will close for 72 hours to allow for cleaning and contact tracing.

Make sure children are safe and cared for

If you’re worried that a child or young person you know is not safe or being cared for, or you know a child who has been separated from their parents or caregivers, contact Oranga Tamariki.

Call 0508 326 459, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or email contact@ot.govt.nz 

Education at Alert Level 1

At Alert Level 1, early learning services, schools and tertiary education facilities are physically open for all age groups.

Face coverings

Children, young people and teachers do not need to wear face coverings at school or on school transport.

Find out when you need to wear a face covering

Education at Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2, early learning services, schools and tertiary education facilities are physically open for all age groups.

Extra public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.

Distance learning will be available for those who cannot attend school – for example, where students are required to self-isolate.

Workplace-based learning will follow the rules that apply to the relevant industry.

More information for students, whānau and the education sector(external link) (external link)

Face coverings

Children, young people and teachers do not need to wear face coverings at their service or school, or on school transport.

Find out when you need to wear a face covering

Education at Alert Level 3

Early learning services and schools

At Alert Level 3, children and young people should learn from home.

Any child who can’t be supervised at home by an appropriate person can attend their service or school. 

A wide range of businesses and services can operate at Alert Level 3, which means that parents and caregivers may be required to go to work, rather than work from or stay at home. Services and schools must be open for children in these situations to attend.

Play centres and playgroups will be closed.

Home-based early learning services can open with a maximum number of 4 licensed children, including the educators’ own children, provided they meet public health requirements.

Learning from home

Distance learning will be provided for all students who are off-site, including those who have to self-isolate or who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result.

Distance learning support and resources (external link)

More information for students, whānau and the education sector (external link)

Tertiary education

All teaching and other activities should be done remotely, wherever possible.

Where it is not possible to deliver teaching online, some facilities may provide education services if Alert level 3 guidelines are followed.

Any class or workshop that cannot be delivered online and remains open must be limited to 20 people or less. Each such group is considered a ‘bubble’ and must not interact with any other student/staff bubbles of 20.

Ministry of Education advice for tertiary providers/whare wānanga (external link)

Ministry of Education advice for tertiary students (external link)

Face coverings

Face coverings are recommended for tertiary students and staff when attending on-site activities.

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