Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero

The bulletin is our central channel for communicating key information to school leaders. It includes what school leaders need to know and action, local news, events and more.

Latest COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 update – 22 October(external link)

  • Parts of Waikato remain at Alert Level 3
  • Travel to an Alert Level 3 school across a regional boundary
  • Open windows and doors will ventilate classrooms 
  • Te Kura Summer School
  • He wero, he wānanga: A virtual wānanga about COVID-19
  • Can school board meetings go ahead?
  • Attendance codes for students

COVID-19 update – 21 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Why get vaccinated?
  • Addressing vaccine misinformation in your community
  • Support for vaccine hesitancy
  • Information and translations about the vaccine for parents and whānau
  • How to set your school up as a vaccination site
  • Consent for school-based vaccinations
  • Clarification: To bubble or not to bubble
  • Where to get tested
  • Reminder: My COVID record

COVID-19 update – 20 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Why it’s important for Years 11 to 13 to return onsite in Alert Level 3 areas
  • Information for Years 11 to 13 returning onsite
  • NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams 2021
  • Advice on ventilating classrooms
  • Specialist, residential and sensory schools reopening in Alert Level 3
  • Prioritising testing for the education workforce
  • Parental consent for vaccinations
  • Ka Ora, Ka Ako in Alert Level 3

COVID-19 update – 19 October(external link)

COVID-19 information

  • Information about the COVID-19 Required Testing Order
  • Questions and answers about the Required Testing Order
  • Testing requirements for school bus drivers in Alert Level 3
  • Update: Returning to school hostels in Alert Level 2 regions

Heads-up

  • Term 3 attendance collection
  • 2022 provisional roll reviews
  • Get involved: New NCEA Level 2 subjects

COVID-19 update – 18 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Cabinet's decisions this afternoon
  • Northland: Information for Alert Level 2
  • Alert Level 3 areas: Attendance data collection
  • School hostels: Mandatory testing in Alert Level 3
  • Testing requirements for school construction sites
  • Accessing your vaccination record

COVID-19 update – 15 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Vaccine and testing register
  • Clarification on mandatory testing for Alert Level 3 regions
  • Being fully vaccinated
  • Vaccine requirements and contractors
  • Where to get tested
  • Face coverings on school transport
  • End-of-year applications for ORS and SHHNF

COVID-19 update – 14 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Advice on the mandatory vaccination and testing requirements
  • Vaccination register
  • Students and staff on the other side of a boundary
  • Face coverings on school transport
  • What to do if you have a case of COVID-19 in your school
  • New session: vaccine webinars
  • Getting your COVID-19 test results
  • Settlement funding for 2022

COVID-19 update – 13 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Tonight: Vaccination live chat
  • Northland and parts of Waikato remain at Level 3
  • Events, activities, gatherings and education outside the classroom
  • Returning to school hostels in Alert Level 2 regions
  • COVID-19 board employee and ACC-funded teacher aide reimbursements
  • Wellbeing information and tips
  • Super Saturday: Get vaccinated

COVID-19 update – 12 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Applying the mandatory vaccination and testing requirements
  • Updated letter template links
  • Distance learning in Auckland: Preparing for Term 4
  • Q&A for educators on vaccines
  • Collecting unexpected event grades for NCEA
  • COVID-19 dual tuition gateway for Alert Level 3 areas

COVID-19 update – 11 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Mandatory testing for Alert Level 3 regions
  • Mandatory vaccinations
  • Alert Level 3 requirements
  • School hostels
  • Translations for Alert Level 3
  • FAQ: What can we say about vaccinations?
  • Vaccine science webinars with Dr Michelle ‘Nanogirl’ Dickinson
  • Travel across Level 3 boundaries
  • Ka Ora Ka Ako
  • Letter templates

COVID-19 update – 8 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona

COVID-19 update – 5 October(external link)

  • Message from Iona

COVID-19 update – 30 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Supporting those experiencing family violence
  • When is a gathering a gathering at Alert Level 2?
  • Changes to QR scanning code requirements
  • Permitted travel across the Alert Level 3 and 2 boundaries
  • NCEA Subjects for The New Zealand Curriculum Levels 2 and 3, and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa Levels 1 to 3
  • Immigration announcement
  • Class border exemption
  • Guidance for managing staff over the school holiday period in Alert Level 3
  • Teacher Only Days for Secondary Schools November/December 2021
  • Continuation of the emergency payment during Alert Level 3 in Auckland
  • Warning: Hikvision CCTV camera security breach
  • School construction projects

COVID-19 update – 28 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Supporting staff to get vaccinated
  • StudyIt forums for NCEA students are now open
  • Guidance for online events
  • New ERO COVID-19 research to re-engage students
  • Awards for teachers of gifted learners
  • Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence Award: Nominations extended

COVID-19 update – 24 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Reminder: Gatherings in Alert Level 2
  • Holding prizegiving and other events online: Updated guidance and considerations
  • 2022 provisional staffing and funding entitlements
  • Becoming a vaccination site
  • Update for state and state-integrated schools: hostel staff wage subsidy
  • Student or staff members returning to school from an Alert Level 4 or 3 area
  • Supporting evacuees from Afghanistan to enrol in schools

COVID-19 update – 22 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Further NCEA support for Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Guidance on exams at different alert levels
  • Reminder: Onsite permission for senior secondary school students
  • School gatherings
  • Call for expressions of interest: NCEA Level 1 – Hangarau and Pūtaiao
  • TESSOL scholarships 2022

COVID-19 update – 21 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Updated: Guidance for schools on staff matters at Alert Level 3
  • Face coverings at Alert Level 3
  • Auckland attendance numbers at Alert Level 3
  • Help to get food
  • Communicating about the need for vaccinations
  • Decile review extensions

COVID-19 update – 20 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • New requirements for face coverings in Alert Level 3
  • Alert Level 3 for Auckland
  • Going on site to prepare for the alert level change
  • Senior secondary school students return under Alert Level 3
  • Travel across alert level boundaries
  • Alert level restrictions: tips for parents from Dr Hinemoa Elder and Nathan Wallis 
  • Changes to ESOL funding Status List forms process

COVID-19 update – 17 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Information on school holidays
  • Vaccination status and privacy
  • Good ventilation
  • Education outside the classroom coordinator database
  • Improvements to SESTA online applications
  • ERO’s new approach with schools and kura

COVID-19 update – 15 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Auckland: Free distance learning support for Years 9 to 15
  • Reminder: Reimbursement of distance learning costs
  • Export Education Levy 2022 suspension consultation
  • MSD's financial assistance tool for your school community
  • Become a partner school for on-the-job teacher training

COVID-19 update – 14 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Alert Level 3 for Auckland
  • Planning for an alert level change
  • Translations for Alert Level 3
  • Face coverings in schools in Alert Level 3
  • Staffing in Alert Level 3
  • Health and safety for staff in Alert Level 3
  • Voluntary flexibility to have senior secondary school students return
  • School property in Alert Level 3
  • School transport in Alert Level 3
  • Specialist schools in Alert Level 3
  • Arrangements for secondary-tertiary and work-place learning students
  • Education outside the classroom – Alert Level 2 Q&A
  • Home internet connections available for order
  • NCEA hard-copy resources

COVID-19 update – 13 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Privacy concerns about contact tracing registers
  • Changes to school board elections
  • Reminder: Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence Awards

COVID-19 update – 10 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Gatherings in Alert Level 2
  • PLD support for distance learning
  • Encouraging vaccines in your school community
  • Education outside the classroom – Alert Level 2 Q&A
  • Access to education in different alert levels
  • Laptop delivery delay
  • Reminder: COVID-19 financial support

COVID-19 update – 9 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Further NCEA support for students at schools disrupted in 2021
  • Supporting learning progress once students are back at school

COVID-19 update – 8 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Priority vaccination for education workers
  • Learning support in Alert Level 2
    - Learning Support Coordinators
    - Learning support specialists and resource teachers
    - Day or residential specialist schools
    - SESTA transport
    - Learning support for students with compromised immunity or at higher risk
    - Alternative education settings
  • COVID-19 dual tuition programme for Year 9 to 15 students
  • Attendance codes for students on and off site
  • Education outside the classroom: Alert Level 2 guidance
  • Organising and managing events
  • Travel permissions and exemption requests
  • Going to work when you live with someone who is high risk or has underlying health conditions
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories: Release of public consultation documents and feedback

COVID-19 update – 7 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Alert Level 2: Requirements and recommendations
    - Face coverings
    - Events and activities
    - Staff working across multiple schools
    - Alert Level 2 guidance
    - Letter template for your school community
  • Staff matters at Alert Level 2 
    - Emergency payments for day relief and casual staff
    - Disclosure of vaccination status
  • Guidance on NCEA exams at different Alert Levels
  • School transport in Alert Level 2
  • School property in Alert Level 2
    - School construction projects
    - Property checklist for returning to school
    - Advice on ventilating classrooms
  • Returning to boarding: Travel in Alert Level 2
  • Travel across Alert Level boundaries
  • Mandatory record keeping
  • Reminder: Maintaining school grounds at Alert Level 4
  • Warning: Active email attack against schools

COVID-19 update – 6 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Changes to NCEA in 2021
  • 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards ceremony postponed

COVID-19 update – 3 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Changes to NCEA in 2021
  • More info needed for digital device delivery
  • Property checklist for returning to school
  • Guidance for funds raised for cancelled school events and trips
  • Warning: Increased phishing activity
  • New Google agreement
  • How our alert level guidance is developed

COVID-19 update – 2 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Northland moving to Alert Level 3
  • Translations for Alert Level 3
  • Maintaining school grounds at Alert Level 4
  • Everyone aged 12 years and over can now be vaccinated

COVID-19 update – 1 September(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Reporting attendance at Alert Level 3
  • Free distance learning support for Year 9-15 students
  • Education Gazette: a digital edition

COVID-19 update – 31 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Face coverings in schools at Alert Level 3
  • Extending support to more schools and kura in Auckland
  • Senior secondary school students return under Alert Level 3
  • Travel across Alert Level boundaries
  • Vaccine consents: messaging for parents
  • September roll return
  • Guidance for private schools
  • Safe TV viewing for students in Alert Levels 3 and 4

COVID-19 update – 30 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Attendance at Alert Level 3
  • Managing and supporting staff at Alert Level 3
  • Continuation of the emergency payment during Alert Levels 4 and 3
  • Indicative Alert Level boundary map now live
  • Information on teacher aide and education support workers paid for by ACC
  • Digital versions of NCEA hard-copy resources
  • Reminder: packaging information for device delivery by courier
  • Cybersecurity and content filtering for students learning from home
  • Advice on vandalism
  • Students from Afghanistan
  • Latest changes to ENROL

COVID-19 update – 29 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Planning for Alert Level change
  • General guidance for Alert Level 3
  • Who can access schools and kura in Alert Level 3?
  • Staffing in Alert Level 3
    – Opening in Alert Level 3
    – Teacher aides
    – Disclosure of vaccination status
    – Rostering teachers to bubbles
    – Face coverings at school
  • School property in Alert Level 3
    – Advice on ventilating classrooms
    – Re-starting school construction projects
  • School transport in Alert Level 3
  • Alert Level 3 arrangements for secondary-tertiary and work-place learning students
  • Voluntary flexibility to have senior secondary school students return under Alert Level 3
  • Specialist schools stay closed in Alert Level 3
  • Travel across Alert Levels
  • Update for state and state-integrated schools and hostels

COVID-19 update – 27 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona

COVID-19 update – 26 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Alert Level 3 guidance
  • School board elections
  • Use of schools as vaccination sites
  • Update on accessing your school site
  • Teachers and principals’ personal views on vaccinations
  • Distance learning support for Years 9 to 15
  • Insurance cover for digital devices
  • Recording and sending weekly attendance data
  • Support for duplicate staffing costs due to Alert Level restrictions

COVID-19 update – 25 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Changes to NCEA assessment dates
  • Temporary change to university and Te Pūkenga enrolment and scholarship application processes
  • Distance learning – reimbursement of distribution costs
  • Schools with teacher aides and education support workers funded by ACC
  • Schedule for Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga
  • Live and on-demand television content
  • Vaccine FAQs (including information for 12 to 15-year-olds)
  • Access to food
  • PLD in Alert Level 4
  • Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Support application and data entry processes update
  • Accord Teacher-Only Days under Alert Level 4
  • Kia Manawaroa: Information hub for whānau Māori

COVID-19 update – 24 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Mandatory record keeping
  • Extension of the emergency payment scheme
  • Vaccine FAQs (including information for 12 to 15-year-olds)
  • Workforce wellbeing EAP services
  • Further information: wellbeing for education workforce
  • More places to get help
  • Out-of-zone applications and ballots during Alert Level 4
  • Attendance codes in Alert Level 4
  • Enrolling new entrants
  • Distance learning update

COVID-19 update – 23 August [PDF, 152 KB]

  • Message from Iona
  • Accessing your school site
  • Access to food and essential items
  • Letter template for your school community
  • Letter to schools connected to a case of COVID-19
  • Students working during school hours
  • Update: The suspension process in Alert Level 4
  • Distance learning: Alert Level 4

COVID-19 update – 22 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Remind your community school sites are closed
  • Information hub for Pasifika parents and families
  • Information for migrant communities: Golden rules for Alert Level 4

COVID-19 update – 20 August (2pm)(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Limited circumstances approved for picking up learning materials and devices

COVID-19 update – 19 August (5pm) [PDF, 193 KB]

  • Message from Iona
  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine approved for 12 to 15-year-olds
  • Testing for COVID-19
  • Relief teaching costs under Alert Level 4
  • Extension to COVID-19 Regional Support Scheme 2021
  • Continue to pay your contractors
  • Packaging information for device delivery by courier
  • Suspension process in Alert Level 4
  • Student representative elections

COVID-19 update – 19 August (2pm)(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Accessing school premises
  • Health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace for schools and kura at Alert Level 4

COVID-19 update – 18 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Accessing school premises
  • New face covering requirements
  • Locations of interest – rapidly growing
  • 10 things you need to know about Alert Level 4
  • Emergency response coordinators
  • COVID information for Pacific communities
  • Agencies you can contact for assistance

COVID-19 update – 17 August(external link)

  • Message from Iona
  • Distance learning: Alert Level 4
  • Guidance for schools on staff matters at Alert Level 4
  • School hostels at Alert Level 4
  • Residential special schools at Alert Level 4
  • Locations of interest
  • Accessing your school site
  • School transport at Alert Level 4
  • Letter template

Latest regular issue

Issue 148 – 17 August 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Critical

There are no critical items

Need to know

  • COVID-19 checklist
  • Decile review
  • Border exception: family reunification
  • Update: Immigration and residency concerns

Heads up

  • Teachers’ Pay Equity Claim
  • Curriculum and assessment changes
  • Supporting staff to get vaccinated update
  • New resource: Poipoia ngā ākonga kanorau ā-roro
  • Free extra mentoring for beginning teachers
  • Teacher only days for secondary schools in 2022
  • Apply to take part in NCEA pilots in 2022
  • Feedback on draft NCEA Level 1 subject content
  • Proposed changes to NCEA subjects update
  • NCEA resources for schools and parents
  • Social Sciences learning area testing planned for The New Zealand Curriculum Refresh
  • PLD Priorities Webinars
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories supporting resources
  • Vocational Pathways review and maintenance
  • Learning Support Study Awards
  • Do you have property questions?
  • Term 3: Free Apple Education technical virtual events
  • Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence Award

Recent regular issues 2021

Issue 147 – 3 August 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Critical

  • COVID-19 vaccination programme

Need to know

  • Immigration and residency concerns
  • Support around respect, relationships and consent
  • Have your say on draft NCEA Level 1 subject content
  • Accord Teacher Only Days for secondary schools and wharekura
  • NCEA requirements are changing
  • Call for expressions of interest: four NCEA pilots in 2022
  • Consultation on what ‘high-value’ means for international education is now open
  • Creatives in Schools applications closing soon
  • Applications are now open for the Gifted Learners Awards
  • Term 2 attendance collection ends this week
  • 2022 Provisional Staffing and Funding Entitlement
  • October 2021 Operational Grant (Quarter 4)
  • Technology changes for schools applications
  • COVID-19 Regional Support Scheme reminder
  • The need for regular safety checking

Heads up

  • Introducing the Curriculum Advisory Group
  • Education Gazette content freeze
  • Mānawatia a Matariki resource pack
  • Tips to keep your school cybersafe
  • Survey of ākonga and whānau receiving computers and internet connections
  • TELA+ device update
  • Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako – change to Staffing Entitlement Notice
  • New code of practice for the pastoral care of tertiary and international learners
  • Changes to minimum sick leave entitlement
  • Residential specialist schools only pathway change
  • Updated information on mould
  • Advice on mitigating common building compliance issues
  • Save the date – Infrastructure Sector Forum 7 September

Issue 146 – 6 July 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Critical

  • COVID-19 vaccination programme

Need to know

  • New class border exception for overseas teachers
  • The future of New Zealand’s youth at risk of limited employment outcomes
  • Clarification – domestic status for unlawful students with learning support needs
  • Check your ENROL data is ready for TARG funding calculation
  • COVID-19 regional support scheme 2021
  • Private schools 2020 annual audited financial statements
  • Accord Teacher Only Days for secondary schools and wharekura
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) funding applications
  • He Tono i ngā Kupu Whakapuaki i te Hiahia Whai Wāhi Mai: Te Marautanga o Aotearoa – ngā paerewa i te Kaupae 1 o te NCEA
  • Call for expressions of interest: Te Marautanga o Aotearoa NCEA Level 1 standards
  • Cybersecurity breaches

Heads up

  • Matariki online resources 2021
  • Youth health and wellbeing survey
  • Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence Award
  • Notice to fix for state schools that require a BWOF
  • Term 2 and 3 – regionally-allocated PLD round
  • Webinar series – strengthening through PLD updated schedule
  • Strategy development for literacy and mathematics
  • Early literacy approach update
  • Tō Kōrero – Mātauranga Motuhake I Learning Support Satisfaction Survey results and next survey
  • The Inter-Yeti online safety resource
  • Term 3: Free virtual Apple education workshops

Issue 145 – 22 June 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Critical

  • Provisions for COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Information about the COVID-19 vaccine programme
  • Te Rito deployment pausing

Need to know

  • Student elections for board representatives
  • July Roll Return
  • Public engagement on NCEA subjects
  • Survey on support for English Language Learners
  • Apply now for Creatives in Schools funding
  • Orders closing soon – Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories books for schools

Heads up

  • 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards finalists
  • Resourcing Contact Centre
  • School-based health service enhancement project
  • Bullying-Free NZ Week competition
  • NZQA online learning resources
  • School leaver tertiary scholarships in the building sector
  • VLN Primary School – registrations invited for online programmes starting Term 3

Issue 144 – 8 June 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Need to know

  • COVID-19 anti-vaccination misinformation
  • School bus procurement outcome
  • National Education Growth Plan 2030 (NEGP) update
  • Unit standards, industry training organisations, and Vocational Entrance Award
  • New funding and support available for Pacific bilingual and immersion programmes

Heads up

  • Teacher Aide PLD Pilot funding closes 11 June
  • Applications for Creatives in Schools open 18 June
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories public consultation closed
  • Access to Period Products
  • Strategies for literacy and mathematics & statistics
  • Update on the New Zealand Curriculum refresh
  • Get into Gaming!
  • Webinars: building a stronger understanding of the PLD Priorities through the work of the PLD Provider network
  • No vaping/Smokefree stickers
  • Reminder: 22 June Infrastructure Sector Forum

Issue 143 – 25 May 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Need to know

  • The 2021 Wellbeing Budget Package
  • Assembly Student Management System
  • June Roll Return
  • July Roll Return
  • COVID-19 emergency payment scheme
  • Banking staffing monitoring process
  • Operational Funding Notification
  • Tapasā PLD funding
  • New teacher resource for reading comics
  • Webinars: building a stronger understanding of the PLD Priorities
  • Closing soon: public consultation on Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories draft curriculum content
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories books for schools: orders now open

Heads up

  • New AoG office supplies contract launch
  • No vaping notices
  • SESTA application form moves online
  • Register for 22 June Infrastructure Sector Forum
  • Free tool to get evidence and insights for school review and planning

Issue 142 – 11 May 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Critical

  • Education and Training Amendment Bill (No 2): Consultation on proposed changes
  • Guidance for consulting on school rules (bylaws)
  • Please use Attendance Code O for absences due to ‘family reunification purposes’
  • Term 1 attendance (Every Day Matters) collection ends this week
  • Updated public service pay guidance

Need to know

  • Webinar events on PLD
  • Confirmed staffing process for permanent teaching appointments
  • Please help confirm the range of work performed by administration staff for their pay equity claim
  • Consulting on speed limits around schools
  • Accord Teacher Only Days 2021 for secondary schools
  • Te oranga me te haumaru ākonga: Tertiary and international ākonga safety and wellbeing consultation ends 21 May
  • Te Rito rollout underway
  • Applications open for Better Start Literacy Approach
  • Professional Learning and Development update
  • Regionally allocated PLD for cultural capability

Heads up

  • Techweek2021
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories update
  • Histories books for schools and kura
  • Collaborative approach to refreshing the New Zealand Curriculum
  • Curriculum Leads begin their mahi
  • New Zealand Sign Language Week 10-16 May
  • Bullying-Free New Zealand Week 17-21 May
  • Access to period products
  • Winter maintenance reminder
  • Save the date: Infrastructure Sector Forum 22 June
  • New property training module for schools
  • Recent changes to ENROL
  • Announcing new Networks of Expertise
  • Matariki public holiday 2022
  • Education Outside the Classroom free workshops
  • Employer Engagement Toolkit
  • Get into Gaming! Online events for all Year 7-9 students and their teachers
  • ERO science reports released
  • Turnitin software

Issue 141 – 7 April 2021(external link)

  • Message from Iona

Critical

  • Vaping legislation

Need to know

Heads up


COVID-19 updates 2021

Note: The information in these bulletins was current at the time of publication.

Please refer to the Unite Against COVID-19 website for the most recent COVID-19 information or contact your regional Ministry office for Ministry specific information such as attendance data submission, PLD etc.

COVID-19 special updates

COVID-19 update – 26 July(external link)

COVID-19 update – 29 June(external link)

  • Wellington region moving to Alert Level 1

COVID-19 update – 27 June(external link)

  • Alert Level 2 – Wellington region for a further 48 hours
  • Rest of NZ – Alert Level 1

COVID-19 update – 24 June(external link)

  • Guidance for schools on staff matters at Alert Level 2
  • Support on application for relievers and casual staff impacted by Alert Level 2 COVID-19 restrictions

COVID-19 update – 23 June(external link)

  • Alert Level 2: Wellington region
  • Alert Level 1: all of New Zealand excluding Wellington region

COVID-19 update – 9 April(external link)

  • Staff undertaking travel to Australia from 19 April
  • COVID-19 diagnosis while travelling or upon return to New Zealand
  • COVID-19 vaccination programme

COVID-19 update – 5 March pm(external link)

  • Alert level changes
  • Reminder information
  • Swimming at Alert Level 2
  • Camps at Alert Level 2

COVID-19 update – 5 March(external link)

COVID-19 update and March Roll Return – 1 March(external link)

  • March Roll Returns
  • Schools remain physically open for some students at Alert Level 3
  • Distance learning and hard copy resources at Alert Level 3
  • Guidance for Auckland schools on staff matters at Alert Level 3
  • Teacher aides providing learning support
  • Alert Level 2: Staff and students returning from Auckland
  • Guidance for schools on staff matters at Alert Level 2
  • Reminder: Wearing of face coverings on buses
  • Essential links for quick reference

COVID-19 update – 28 February(external link)

  • Alert Level 3: Auckland region
  • Hostels at Alert Level 3
  • Distance Learning
  • Contactless pick-ups of devices and hard packs in Alert Level 3
  • Guidance for Auckland schools on staff matters at Alert Level 3
  • Link to template letter for parents and caregivers to use if it’s helpful and COVID-19 poster
  • Information for Alert Level 2: All New Zealand except Auckland
  • Guidance for schools on staff matters at Alert Level 2
  • Common questions at Alert Level 2
  • School construction, transport and face coverings
  • Link to COVID-19 poster

COVID-19 update – 23 February(external link)

COVID-19 update: face coverings – 18 February(external link)

COVID-19 update – 17 February(external link)

  • People leaving managed isolation
  • Please keep sending your weekly attendance data
  • Template letters for parents

COVID-19 update – 15 February(external link)

  • Information for Auckland at Alert Level 3
  • Information for the remainder of New Zealand at Alert Level 2
  • Information for all of New Zealand
  • Regular content: urgent or time-sensitive (two items)

COVID-19 update – 14 February(external link)

COVID-19 update – 28 January(external link)

COVID-19 update – 27 January(external link)


Other special updates

Public engagement on draft Aotearoa New Zealand's histories content launched:

3 February 2021 – Aotearoa New Zealand's histories(external link)


School Bulletin archive

All 2021 issues:

See issues dating back to 2018: School Bulletin archive

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