Early learning services, schools and tertiary education facilities (such as universities, polytechnics and Wānanga) are all open for all ages during Alert Level 2. Residential Specialist Schools and Day Specialist Schools including satellite units will be open for children to attend. School transport will start again.

Schools and early learning services will be in touch with parents about their children returning at Alert level 2.

Students will still be able to do distance learning if they can’t attend school, for example, if they are at high risk of becoming very unwell from COVID-19, or if they need to self-isolate. Staff from the Ministry of Education, resource teachers and school staff will continue to support children with learning support needs by phone and Skype if children are at a higher risk of getting severe symptoms from COVID-19, or they need to self-isolate. You can find more information here: www.education.govt.nz/

It is important that all learners can continue their education, whether they are at school or at home.

Early learning services and schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff. Schools and other education providers will be taking extra care and following public health guidelines to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.

On the advice of public health officials, any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for long enough to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.

  • Alert Level 2 FAQs for schools and Early Learning Centres

Tertiary education

Tertiary education is a safe environment for students and staff to return to at Alert Level 2. Tertiary education facilities will implement public health requirements and physical distancing as appropriate for the context, and will work closely to ensure a safe environment where students can continue their learning. They will need to maintain distance learning capability to help manage within these constraints, and ensure safety of staff and students at risk of COVID-19.

Workplace-based learning will be conducted within the specific rules applicable to the relevant industry.