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Parents and whānau

Advice for learning from home

Under Alert Level 1

New Zealand moved to Alert level 1 at 11.59 on Monday 8 June.

Schools and early learning services continue to be safe to attend for all children and young people.

It is time for us to Unite for the Recovery/Kia Kotahi mō te whaioranga.

How we're uniting - Unite for the recovery website

Play it safe

Schools and early learning centres continue to be safe to attend. They have a good cleaning routines in place and they are continuing to encourage good hygiene practices. In all cases, children or adults who are sick are asked to stay at home.

Many schools and early learning centres supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at entrances – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app, the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that.

NZ COVID Tracer app - Ministry of Health website

Under Alert Level 1:

  • Physical distancing is not a requirement but where possible or practicable is encouraged when you are around people you don’t know.
  • There are no specific public health requirements.
  • There are no restrictions on personal movement so all students, children and staff continue to be safe to go to school / early learning, and all students must attend school.
  • You are no longer required to keep a contact tracing register but will continue with the usual practice of having a visitor and an attendance register (and will need to work with local health authorities to identify close contacts, should there be a case connected with the school).
  • There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings or on physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events.

Golden Rules

There are key public health measures, the Golden Rules for everyone in New Zealand to follow as we Unite for the Recovery/Kia Kotahi mō te whaioranga:

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  • If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  • If you’re concerned about your wellbeing or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  • Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  • Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  • Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
  • People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

More information about the Golden Rules for everyone at Alert Level 1 - Unite for the recovery website

Previous Alert Level guidance