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Advice for learning from home during a COVID-19 resurgence

Learning from home

If a COVID-19 resurgence happens, your child/ren’s early learning service, school, kura or wharekura will put their learning from home plans in place. 

They’ll explain how learning from home will work and may provide learning resources or links to learning resources online. There are also resources available on our learning resources page.

Learning from Home – Learning Resources

Under Alert Levels 1 and 2, some children may need to learn from home:

  • children and young people with certain underlying medical conditions
  • children and young people in isolation
  • children and young people waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

Talk to your child/ren’s teacher if they need to learn from home. The resources on our learning resources page can also be used.

How to prepare for learning from home

If there’s a COVID-19 resurgence in your area, your child/ren’s early learning service, school, kura or wharekura will contact you to explain how learning from home will work. In the meantime, there are things you can do to prepare.

Learning resources

  • Ideally your child/ren will have a device they can use to learn and an internet connection to access online lessons/resources.
  • If it’s not possible for them to have a device to use for learning and/or you don’t have an internet connection at home, let your school/kura/wharekura know. They can discuss alternative resources to support distance learning with you. 

Staying connected

  • Make sure you have the right phone numbers/email addresses for your child/ren’s teachers, so you can contact them if needed.
  • Decide how you’ll stay connected with a co-parent/caregiver if you have that kind of arrangement.

Work arrangements

  • Talk with your whānau about how you’ll support distance learning on top of your work and/or other commitments while at home.
  • If you have an employer, discuss flexible work options with him/her if you need to keep working while you’re at home with your children.

Health and wellbeing are paramount 

Your child/ren’s health and wellbeing are the top priority during a lockdown, as they need to feel comfortable, safe and healthy for learning to happen. The Government’s COVID-19 website has lots of tips to support health and wellbeing.

Unite against COVID-19 – Health and Wellbeing

Who to contact for support

Your early learning service, school, kura or wharekura will be your first point of call if you have questions or concerns. 
Regional Ministry of Education staff will continue to support individual early learning services, schools, kura and wharekura.

For current advice and information on Alert Levels, refer to Parents.education.govt.nz or Unite against COVID-19 websites.

COVID-19 information for parents and whānau – Parents.education.govt.nz

Unite against COVID-19 website