Early learning and schools at Orange

Children can attend early learning services, playgroups and schools at Orange, and must follow some public health measures.

Key points

  • All playgroups, early learning centres, schools and kura can open and children do not need to be vaccinated to attend.
  • Student accommodation, such as boarding schools, can open.
  • All parents/caregivers and other visitors are encouraged to wear a face mask indoors.
  • All ākonga (students) aged 12 years or over must wear face masks on public and school transport. 

Education services can open

  • Certified playgroups can open.
  • All licensed early learning services can open with public health measures in place.
  • Schools and kura can open with public health measures in place.

Face masks

Face masks are encouraged when inside at school.

All ākonga aged 12 and up must wear face masks on school transport.

All parents, caregivers, whānau, and other visitors are encouraged to wear face masks on site at education services.

You do not need to wear a face mask when at special interest education, such as music lessons, art groups and girl guides. We encourage you to indoors wherever it is practical.

When to wear a face mask


Vaccination requirements

Children and parents/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 education facility for their learning (except if they are participating in a workplace-based programme that has a vaccination policy).

School-organised teams and groups

All children and young people can participate in all school-organised teams and groups, regardless of their vaccination status.


If a case of COVID-19 is identified at an education service

If there is a positive case of COVID-19 identified at an education service, they will work with the Ministry of Education and public health authorities to seek advice.

Only people with COVID-19 and their Household Contacts need to self-isolate. 

If your child has been near someone with COVID-19 who is not in their household:

  • they do not need to stay home from school or kura, and
  • they do not need to get a test, unless they get symptoms.

If your child or someone in their household gets COVID-19, you should tell their school or kura. Everyone in the household must self-isolate.

What happens if you test positive

Household Contacts

Check with your school or kura about how they will manage COVID-19 cases.

A public health toolkit is available: 

Advice for early learning services and schools | Ministry of Education (external link)


Education when self-isolating

Anyone who is required to self-isolate should stay home. Do not go to any educational service.

Schools and kura should provide distance learning options if a student needs to stay home. 

Isolation and care


Student accommodation

Student accommodation, such as boarding schools, can open.

Students are encouraged to wear face masks in communal areas, and keep 1 metre apart from people they do not know.

Travel at Orange


Keep up healthy habits

Even though we are a highly vaccinated country, COVID-19 can still spread in our communities. Slow the spread of the virus by keeping up healthy habits.

Keep up healthy habits


More information for education services

Early learning services, schools and kura can find more detailed information from the Ministry of Education at temahau.govt.nz:

Advice for early learning services and schools | Ministry of Education (external link)

Social service providers can find more information from the Ministry of Social Development.

Guidance for social service providers | Ministry of Social Development (external link)

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