Education at Red

Education can open at Red, but you may have to follow public health measures such as wearing a face mask.

Key points

Early learning, schools and kura

  • All playgroups, early learning centres, schools and kura can open. 
  • Children and teachers in Year 4 and up must wear a face mask indoors.
  • Staff, parents/caregivers and visitors to education services must wear a face mask indoors.

Tertiary education

  • Tertiary institutions can open, and students can attend in person.  
  • Staff, students and visitors must wear a face mask indoors in public areas at tertiary education facilities, and indoors during teaching and learning activities.

All education facilities can open

This includes:

  • certified playgroups
  • all licensed early learning services and kōhanga reo
  • schools and kura
  • tertiary institutions.

All parents/caregivers and other visitors to early learning, schools and kura are encouraged to maintain 1-metre distancing from other adults while indoors, for example, to settle your child or to view a service.

Early learning services

Parents/caregivers who can supervise their children at home are encouraged to do so. This does not prevent parent-led services from opening. If required, services will be able to make choices about their capacity to manage attendance.

Tertiary education

Tertiary students can attend classes, lectures, labs, workshops, tutorials and meetings in person when tertiary sites are open.

My Vaccine Pass is not required, but tertiary providers may have their own requirements. Check with your provider. If you do not meet their vaccine requirements, talk to them about alternative learning options.

Capacity is based on 1-metre distancing.

You do not need to physically distance at a tertiary education facility. However, tertiary providers may impose their own distancing requirements.


Face masks

All parents/caregivers and visitors to education services must wear a face mask indoors.

Find a full list of when you need to wear a face mask:

When to wear a face mask

Types of face masks

At playgroups

Staff and volunteers must wear medical-grade face masks when indoors.

Children do not need to wear a face mask.

Early learning services

Staff and volunteers do not have to wear a face mask, but they can if they want to.

Children do not need to wear a face mask when attending early learning services or on early learning service transport. This includes buses or vans chartered or used by early learning services to carry children, students and staff.

Schools and kura

All ākonga (students) aged 8 years or over, or in Year 4 or up, must wear face masks at schools and kura when:

  • indoors
  • on public transport at all times
  • on school transport.

Staff and teachers must wear medical-grade face masks when teaching and supporting children in Years 4 and up.

Face mask guidance | Ministry of Education (external link)

Tertiary education

Staff, students and visitors must wear a face mask indoors in public areas at tertiary education facilities, and indoors during teaching and learning activities.

Face masks must also be worn indoors when accessing services such as student health, pharmacies and other retailers on-site.


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, staff 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.

Advice for staff

Public health toolkits from Te Mahau, the Ministry of Education:

Early learning connected to confirmed cases | Ministry of Education (external link)

Schools connected to confirmed cases | Ministry of Education (external link)


Keep up healthy habits

Healthy habits help protect you, your whānau and others from catching or spreading COVID-19. Examples include:

  • wear a face mask indoors
  • stay home when sick
  • open windows to let out stale air
  • wash or sanitise your hands
  • physically distance from people you do not know.

Keep up healthy habits


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