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Checklist for parents to prepare for Alert Level 2

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It is safe for children and young people to attend early learning services and school during Alert Level 2.

Talk about why it is important to play it safe while they’re at their early learning service or school.

Play it safe

  • Children should be going to their early learning service or school.  
  • Handwashing is the most important thing your children can do to keep everybody safe – try and make regular handwashing fun by using a favourite song they can wash their hands to.  
  • Remind your children that we always wash our hands before eating, playing outside, after playing sports or with others, and after touching hard surfaces.
  • If your child is sick, they should stay at home. Children who arrive at school or an early learning service sick will be sent home.
  • Talk to your early learning service or school if you have any questions.
  • If your child is over 12 and travels to school on public transport (train, bus or ferry) they must wear a face covering. E.g. a mask, scarf or bandana. 
  • If your child travels to school on school transport they will not have to wear a face covering. 
  • Under 12s do not have to wear a face covering. 
  • Children and young people will not be required to wear face coverings at school. 

If you have younger children

  • Make handwashing fun!  Sing songs – let your child pick their own song, or maybe show them a video about handwashing. 
  • Explain to your child that if our own hands are not clean, we can make ourselves sick. Remind them that we always wash our hands before eating, playing outside, playing with others, and after playing on hard surfaces.
  • Talk to your child about playing safe when they’re with their friends. Explain to them the importance of making sure they give others ‘breathing space’ - not to be so close to others that they can breathe on or touch other children.
  • Explain to your child that they will need to eat their own food, and drink their own drinks; sharing food or drinks may make our own hands not clean and then we can make ourselves sick. 
  • Use simple words to explain why other children may be wearing face coverings. 

For school-aged children

  • We want everybody in New Zealand to be well, and they can help do that.
  • Remind them about sensible and safe distancing. Talk to your child about making sure they give others ‘breathing space’.  Remind them not to be so close they can breathe on or touch other children.
  • Explain to your child that if our own hands are not clean we can make ourselves sick.  Make regular handwashing fun – use a favourite song or game.  Show them a video about handwashing.
  • Remind your child to always wash their hands before eating, playing outside, playing with others, after sporting activities, after playing on hard surfaces including outdoor play areas.
  • Explain to your child that they should not share their lunch or any other food and drink. 
  • Let your child know that they will see more cleaning of their school and their classroom.  

For older children, remind them to play it safe and socialise safely

Remind young people:

  • About safe and sensible distancing. Talk to them about how they give others ‘breathing space’ – not being close enough to feel other people’s breath.    
  • They need to try and keep to 2 metres between people they don’t know
  • That tracking where they’ve been and who they’ve met will be important to help keep all New Zealanders safe. Their actions can help keep others safe as it helps with contact tracing.
  • Remind your young person that if they are travelling on public transport they must wear a face covering. 

If your child needs to stay at home

  • Your child should only stay at home if they are at greater risk of getting severe illness from Covid-19, in isolation, or awaiting test results.
  • Contact your early learning service or school to discuss ongoing support for home learning

More information about distance learning