Working at Alert Level 2
At Alert Level 2, schools will be open for learning. As we prepare to welcome our learners back to a physical school environment, we need to ensure that this transition is carefully managed. Throughout the system, we are all learning how to do this together.
People will have different emotions and responses when they return to school, return to previous routines, and discover the resulting short and long term changes of the post-COVID-19 world. Students may react differently over time and some responses could be triggered by seemingly unrelated events. A well-constructed plan will help ease this transition back to school.
Supporting staff and students unable to return to school
While most students and staff are likely to be returning to school following lockdown, some teachers and learners will still be learning and working from home. For the small number of learners who cannot return to school at Alert Level 2 there are a number of options. How schools manage this will depend on the age of the student, the subject or learning area and how many learners are affected.
Alternatively, they may arrange to provide distance learning opportunities as they have been throughout Alert Level 4 and Alert Level 3, which could be supported by teachers who cannot come into school.
Another approach may be to continue to use Ministry of Education-provided hard copy resource packs and Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV, or schools and kura could develop their own hard-packs based on learner need and their local curriculum. Maintaining connections with and providing opportunities for learning for students who are not returning to school is important, and there are a range of ways schools and kura can do this.
Be flexible and focus on wellbeing
This will be a time to be as flexible and responsive as possible to the needs that arise and for a strengthened focus on knowing your learners.
Teachers need to know that they can change their plans to focus more holistically on everyone’s wellbeing.
Learners will be better placed to access learning opportunities once relationships, safety, and routines are re-established.
Resources to support transition to Alert Level 2
We know that many of you will be working with your colleagues and community to ensure the return to school or kura is as smooth as possible. The following resources are available to help you plan for the return to school at Level 2. These are intended as starting points to assist with your thinking and are by no means exhaustive. The documents are editable so that you can adapt to suit your own school’s or kura’s needs. More resources aimed at teachers will be added soon.
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Transition back to school
Resources and support
The Connected Learning Advisory helpline remains available to provide advice and ideas to support teaching and learning during Alert Level 2