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.
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.
More information about Alert Level 2
Early learning bulletin:
Ministry of Education COVID-19 information
- Flu vaccinations for education workforce
- Travel and Visa information
- Alert Level 2 FAQs for schools and early learning services
- Distance learning
- Advice for early learning services
- Advice for schools/kura
- Advice for tertiary providers/whare wānanga
- Advice for students, parents and whānau
- Ministry school transport services under Alert Level 2
- Advice for parents and whānau with children with learning support needs
- Alert Level 2: Advice for parents and whānau with children with learning support needs
- Advice for tertiary students
- COVID-19 and wellbeing
- Advice for Ministry Suppliers
- Childcare options for children aged 0-13 of essential workers
- FAQs for signatories - students on commercial or repatriation flights
- International students – critical incidents, homestay issues and supporting mental wellbeing
- Video conferencing options and guidance for early learning services, schools and kura
- Key contacts
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