Early learning, schools and kura at Red

Children can attend early learning services, playgroups, schools and kura at Red.

Key points

  • All early learning centres, Playgroups, schools and kura can open, and children do not need to be vaccinated to attend.
  • Student accommodation, such as boarding schools, can open.
  • Playgroups can open.
  • All parents/caregivers and other visitors must wear a face mask indoors.
  • All students aged 8 years or over, or in Year 4 and up, must wear a face mask indoors, and on public and school transport.
  • All school staff and teachers for children in Year 4 and up must wear a face mask indoors.

For all education services

Face masks

Staff and students in years 4 to 13 must wear face masks indoors at school. 

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

Mask guidance | temahau.govt.nz (external link)

Physical distancing

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


Playgroups

Certified playgroups can open. 

Face masks

All parents/caregivers and other visitors are required to wear face masks indoors.

Face masks must be an actual mask, secured with ear loops or a head loop.

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

Types of mask


Early learning services

All licensed early learning services and kōhanga reo can open.

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.

Face masks

All parents/caregivers and other visitors are required to wear face masks indoors. 

Face masks must be an actual mask, secured with ear loops or a head loop.

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

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

Types of mask


Schools and kura

Schools and kura can open.

Face masks

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.

Ākonga do not need to wear a face mask when outdoors.

Face masks for students must be an actual mask, secured with ear loops or a head loop.

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

Wearing a face mask

Mask guidance | temahau.govt.nz (external link)


Student accommodation

Student accommodation, such as boarding schools, can open.

Students are encouraged to keep 1 metre apart from people they do not know.

Travel at Red


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.

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

A public health toolkit is available: 

COVID-19 Protection Framework advice for early learning services and schools | temahau.govt.nz (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


Keep up healthy habits to protect us

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:

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

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

COVID-19 Protection Framework guidance for social service providers | msd.govt.nz (external link)

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