COVID-19

Information and advice for students, whānau, and the education sector.

This page was updated on Wednesday 3 June at 10:00 am.

Alert Level 2

Schools and early learning services are open on-site to all under Alert Level 2. All are safe to attend and additional public health measures are in place. It is important that all children come to school and early learning.

Tertiary organisations are able to open on-site at Alert Level 2. But students should check their organisations’ opening plans. Most are organising a phased return to on-site learning, while maintaining distance learning options.

People no longer need to stick to their bubbles at Alert Level 2 and can meet with friends and family. But people need to play it safe and continue to take sensible health and safety precautions.

All children and young people can attend early learning services, schools and kura on-site, including students in years 11 to 13. This includes students of Residential Special Schools, Day Special Schools and satellite units. The only exceptions are children or young people who are sick, have any COVID-19 symptoms, are in isolation, or are awaiting the result of a test.

Playground and  sports equipment use, as well as sports, including contact sports, can resume at Level 2 under certain conditions. School transport services have returned to normal schedules. The ongoing safety of drivers and students and the ability to contact trace remainpriorities.

Playcentres and playgroups are meeting  at Alert Level 2, with appropriate public health measures in place. School hostels return to full occupation at Level 2, and OSCAR, along with other before and after school programmes, can resume. The Food in Schools programme is  fully operational (with extra health provisions).

Distance learning is available for the small number of children who need to remain at home at Alert Level 2. Ministry staff will continue to support children with learning support needs where they are required to remain at home. Students and parents with any queries about distance learning for these students should contact their school or kura.

Distance learning

Strong public health control measures are in place in all schools, including learners and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and safe hygiene requirements. If a school or early learning service has a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, they must close for 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days. Physical distancing remains important in schools where possible.

Ministry regional staff will be supporting individual schools and services to develop and implement their Alert Level 2 plans and provide information to parents, caregivers and whānau.

Distance learning

More information about Alert Level 2

Early learning bulletin:

2 June 2020 Early Learning Bulletin (external link)

Read previous versions of He Pānui Kōhungahunga | The Early Learning Bulletin (external link)

School bulletin: 

2 June 2020 Bulletin for School Leaders (external link)

Read previous versions of the Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He Pitopito Kōrero (external link)

Tertiary bulletin:

25 May 2020 bulletin for tertiary students (external link)

20 May 2020 bulletin for tertiary providers (external link)

Read previous versions of the COVID-19 bulletins for tertiary education providers and students

More information:

Alert Level 2 FAQs [DOCX, 147 KB]

COVID-19 Alert Levels summary table [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Detailed COVID-19 Alert Levels table [PDF, 1.7 MB]

COVID-19 – Ministry of Health (external link)

Unite against COVID-19 - covid19.govt.nz (external link)

Ministry of Education COVID-19 information

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