Early childhood, schools and kura at Green

Early learning services, schools and kura are open at Green for all tamariki (children).

Early learning, schools and kura are open

At Green, early learning centres, kōhanga reo, schools and kura can open with public health measures in place, for example, extra cleaning and keeping records of visitors to help with contact tracing.

School events or activities like performances, cultural events, camps, sports practices, and interschool events can go ahead.

Playgroups

At Green, playgroups can open if parents and staff are fully vaccinated.

Parents and staff will be required to show their My Vaccine Pass when they are on site.

If a playgroup chooses not to follow My Vaccine Pass requirements, services will be restricted. Staff, visitors and parents and caregivers must stay 1 metre apart. Staff working at the playgroup must wear a face covering.

Playgroups that operate on a school or early learning site or are run by a home-based childcare provider must be vaccinated under the vaccination order and keep a vaccine register.

Out of school care and recreation (OSCAR) programmes

Some OSCAR staff must be fully vaccinated.

If staff are not fully vaccinated, it is up to the OSCAR programme provider to decide if they want to continue operating at Green, depending on public health advice.

Face coverings

Face coverings are encouraged for all students indoors at school — but they are not a requirement. 

Face coverings are also encouraged when at special interest education, such as music lessons, art groups and girl guides.

We encourage parents, caregivers and other adult visitors to wear a face covering when visiting early childhood centres, schools and kura.

Wearing a face covering

Vaccination status

Children and parents or caregivers of a child or student cannot be prevented from going to school or early childhood services based on their vaccination status.

This includes:

  • licensed early childhood education services and registered primary and secondary schools, including private providers
  • school hostels
  • school transport services for all students
  • out of school care and recreation (OSCAR) programmes
  • secondary students who attend a tertiary organisation for their learning.

Who needs to be fully vaccinated

At education sites, some people must be fully vaccinated to have contact with children and students.

This includes:

  • teachers
  • staff
  • home-based educators
  • every person aged 12 years and 3 months and over in the home where licensed home-based education and care takes place for children under 6 years old
  • support people in schools and early learning centres, including volunteers
  • teacher aides
  • administration and maintenance staff
  • contractors.

An on-site register will be kept.

A small number of staff and teachers are able to apply for an exemption.

Education sector vaccinations

If a case of COVID-19 is identified at an early learning service or school

If there is a positive case of COVID-19 identified at an early learning service, school or kura, the early learning service or school will work the Ministry of Education and public health authorities to seek advice.

A public health toolkit is available: 

COVID-19 Protection Framework advice for early learning services | education.govt.nz (external link)

Advice for schools and kura with a confirmed case of COVID-19 | education.govt.nz (external link)

Education when self-isolating

If you are sick, waiting for your COVID-19 test results or have been asked to self-isolate you should stay home, and not go to your educational facility.

Your school, kura, or tertiary facility should provide distance learning options if you need to stay home.

Talk to your education provider if you or your child needs to learn from home.

Student accommodation

Student accommodation, such as boarding schools, can open.

Students can travel back and forth between their home and their student accommodation.

Travel at Green

Keep up healthy habits to protect us

Even though we are a highly vaccinated country, COVID-19 can still spread in our communities.

To slow the spread of the virus, and continue to help protect you, your whānau, and your community, it is important to keep up the healthy habits we know.

  • Regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands or use hand sanitiser.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Keep your distance from people you do not know.
  • Clean or disinfect shared surfaces often.
  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and get a test.

Keep up healthy habits

More information for early learning services, schools and kura

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