Information and advice for students, whānau, and the education sector.
This page was updated on Friday 26 June at 2:55 pm.
Alert Level 1
New Zealand is at Alert Level 1.
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Ministry of Education COVID-19 information
- Flu vaccinations for education workforce
- Alert Level 1 FAQs for Schools and Early Learning Centres
- Home learning
- Advice for early learning services
- Advice for schools/kura
- Advice for tertiary providers/whare wānanga
- Advice for tertiary students
- Advice for students, parents and whānau
- COVID-19 and wellbeing
- School transport services under Alert Level 1
- Contact tracing apps
- Video conferencing options and guidance for early learning services, schools and kura
- Key contacts
Revised guidance on assessing for COVID-19
The Ministry of Health has updated its guidance on assessing for COVID-19.
There is currently no known community transmission of COVID-19 in New Zealand.
The vast majority of adults, children and young people with the following will not have Covid-19:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- Temporary loss of smell.
However, people who are close contacts of confirmed cases, or have recently travelled or had contact with recent travellers, should get assessed.
You can Ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your GP for advice on whether or not you or your children or whānau need to be tested.
Confirmed, probable or possible cases linked to your school
As anticipated, new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as New Zealanders return home.
Testing for possible cases and those presenting with symptoms continues, with more than 340,000 people tested in New Zealand as at 22 June.
If there is a confirmed case in your school
While unlikely at Alert Level 1, if there was a confirmed or probable case linked with your school or early learning service, you would be advised of that by the Medical Officer of Health or your local public health authority (or local Ministry of Education staff working in conjunction with local health authorities).
Our regional staff will work with you and local health authorities to agree a plan. That will happen quickly and support will be provided to assist you to communicate with and support your community and staff.
If you become aware of a case associated with your school or early learning service and haven’t received notification from health authorities, please contact your local public health unit or your local Ministry of Education contact for information and support:
Local health authorities through the Medical Officer of Health will make the decision about whether a school or service needs to close for a period of time, and will determine who is required to undertake self-isolation.
Who needs to stay away?
Unless directed by the Medical Officer of Health, the only people who need to stay away are those who are:
- Self-isolating (at the request of health authorities)
- Waiting for COVID test results
Everyone else should be at school.
Anyone who is a contact of a ‘close contact’ is not required to self-isolate. Close contacts are self-isolating as a precaution only, and will monitor for symptoms.
For example - a staff member who had close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19 will be asked by health authorities to self-isolate for 14 days from when they last had contact with the confirmed case. Their family members and other close contacts of the staff member are not required to self-isolate unless they have also had close contact with a confirmed case.
Guidance – all in one place
For convenience we have summarised the existing health and safety requirements for each Alert Level into one document:
Health and Safety in schools for COVID-19 – Guidance for Alert Levels 1 – 4.
As new information comes to hand, the information in this summary guidance might change. If this occurs, we will quickly advise you, update the summary guide for levels 1 – 4 and disseminate.
Our regional teams continue to be available to support you if you have any questions or concerns.
Webinar for wellbeing
Shining the Light on learners in years 9 and 10.
Webinar #8 – Nau mai, Haere mai, Afio mai!
Webinar 8 will be looking at recognising and responding to learner gain and coverage of learning after lockdown, adapting to blended learning environments and keeping hauora and wellbeing in mind!!
The panel will include:
- Ruth Snowden - principal advisor, Ministry of Education (host)
- Laurayne Tafa - associate consultant, Cognition
- Gayas Fathima - parent, bringing their perspective
- Meredith Ellingham - teacher at Tamatea High School
- Sophie Ralph – hauora leader and deputy principal, Rolleston College.
Flutracking is an online survey which asks if you have had a fever or cough in the last week and which can help us track COVID-19.
Registering online will help our surveillance efforts by providing early detection of community spread of the flu and also of COVID-19 symptoms.
This is a practical thing everyone can do to help us monitor flu and COVID-19 symptoms throughout NZ.
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