Advice for students, parents and whānau

New Zealand is now at Alert Level 1

Together we have brought COVID-19 under control. We expect children to attend school or early learning under Alert Level 1.

Keeping good habits at Level 1

At Alert Level 1 there are no restrictions to all activities. While this is the case, it’s still important that we keep the good habits that have helped New Zealand to control the virus: 

  • Good hygiene practice everywhere remains important. Remind your children the importance of washing and drying their hands often, coughing or sneezing in to their elbow, and cleaning surfaces regularly.
  • If you or your child is sick, they should stay home. If they have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline to check if they need to get tested.
  • Keep track of your whereabouts. If you have older children, encourage them to do the same thing. This will assist with contact tracing if required.
  • Remain vigilant and stay prepared should a new case of COVID-19 be detected within the community. 

The Golden Rules for everyone at Alert Level 1 – Unite against COVID-19(external link)

Learning and social activities continue with no restrictions

At Alert Level 1, there are no restrictions at work, school, sports and domestic travel. Events such as school assemblies, camps and sports events can resume with no limits on attendees.

All children and young people must be attending their early learning service or school if they haven’t done so already. Please contact your service or school if you have any questions. Being back in their schooling routine, seeing their friends and teachers, is good for children’s learning as well as for their social, emotional and mental wellbeing.

Alert Level 1 FAQs for schools and early learning services

If your child is unable to attend because they are sick, have COVID-19 symptoms, have certain underlying medical conditions, are in isolation or waiting for a COVID-19 test result, please contact your early learning service or school immediately to discuss your situation.

Advice for at-risk people – Unite against COVID-19(external link)

If your child is in tertiary education

All on-site activities at tertiary education facilities can resume as normal, including classes, lectures, labs, workshops, tutorials, noho, meetings, etc.

Wellbeing tips

While our team of 5 million has the virus under control currently, it can still be scary for children to hear about COVID-19 and what’s happening around the world. Your children will continue to look to you for guidance and support. We have developed three age-appropriate tip sheets to help you talk with your children and work through common challenges and behaviours that might have changed because of COVID-19.

Tips for parents – toddlers

Tips for parents – children

Tips for parents – young people

Wellbeing tips in Te Reo Māori and Pacific languages

Children with disabilities

Awhi@home is a parent-led Facebook page supported by IHC and partners including the Ministry of Education and Explore services. It provides support for parents with disabled children and posts include tools, resources and videos addressing common challenges.

The page aims to help you, as a parent of a disabled child, by providing strategies and tips, links to useful resources, information on COVID-19 and one-on-one support as needed:

Go to Awhi@home on Facebook(external link) 


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