Parents urged to keep children and young people at home under Alert Level 3

New Zealand remains at Alert Level 4 and all education services remain physically closed.

Today however, the Prime Minister announced that New Zealand will move to Alert Level 3 from 11.59pm on Monday 27 April.

Under Alert level 3, the plan is for schools to re-open for a Teacher-Only Day on 28 April. Schools and early learning services will re-open for those needing to attend from 29 April. It may however, take a bit longer for some schools and early learning centres to be ready so parents should check the opening date with their school or service.

At Alert Level 3, all children and young people who can stay at home should stay at home and all children will have access to distance learning. But parents who have no way of supervising their children’s distance learning, or who need their children to return, can send their children back to school or early learning centres. Also, as previously announced, under Alert Level 3 education of students in Years 11 to 13 will continue remotely, as will most tertiary education.

New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 3 for two weeks from 28 April, and Cabinet will review this alert level on 11 May.

For more information on what Alert Level 3 means for parents, educators and learners, see:

COVID-19 update - Special School Bulletin (20 April 2020)(external link)

COVID-19 Special Edition of He Pānui Kōhungahunga – the Early Learning Bulletin (20 April 2020)(external link)

Prime Minister’s remarks on COVID-19 alert level decision – 20 April 2020(external link)

For tertiary providers and students, read the COVID-19 Bulletin for tertiary providers and students (20 April 2020)(external link)


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