Information for Parents/Caregivers and Students.

The Waikato Region is currently at Traffic Light Red

At Red, we need to take action to protect our vulnerable communities and our health system from COVID-19. 

Education can open at Red, but you may have to follow public health measures.

All ākonga (students) Years 4 and up must wear face coverings indoors and when in close contact with others.

Staff and teachers must wear face coverings when teaching and supporting children in Years 4 and up.

This includes:

  • in classrooms and assemblies
  • when accessing public venues
  • at student health services
  • All ākonga aged 12 and up must wear face coverings on public transport and school transport.

All parents, caregivers, whānau, and other visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings on site.

You do not need to wear a face covering when at special interest education, such as music lessons, art groups and girl guides. We strongly encourage you to.

A small number of staff, teachers and students are able to apply for an exemption.

Vaccination status

Children and parents or caregivers of a child or student cannot be prevented from going to school or early childhood services based on their vaccination status.

This includes:

  • licensed early childhood education services and registered primary and secondary schools, including private providers
  • school hostels
  • school transport services for all students
  • out of school care and recreation (OSCAR) programmes
  • secondary students who attend a tertiary organisation for their learning.

Who needs to be fully vaccinated

At education sites, some people must be fully vaccinated to have contact with children and students.

This includes:

  • teachers
  • staff
  • home-based educators
  • support people in schools and early learning centres, including volunteers
  • teacher aides
  • administration and maintenance staff
  • contractors.

An on-site register will be kept.

A small number of staff and teachers are able to apply for an exemption.

 If a case of COVID-19 is identified at an early learning service or school

If there is a positive case of COVID-19 identified at an early learning service, school or kura, the early learning service or school will work the Ministry of Education and public health authorities to seek advice.

Education when self-isolating

If you are sick, waiting for your COVID-19 test results or have been asked to self-isolate you should stay home, and not go to your educational facility.

Your school, kura, or tertiary facility should provide distance learning options if you need to stay home.

Talk to your education provider if you or your child needs to learn from home.

Student accommodation

Student accommodation, such as boarding schools, can open.

Students are encouraged to wear face coverings in communal areas, and keep 1 metre apart from people they do not know.

Students can travel back and forth between their home and their student accommodation.

Keep up healthy habits to protect us

Even though we are a highly vaccinated country, COVID-19 can still spread in our communities.

To slow the spread of the virus, and continue to help protect you, your whānau, and your community, it is important to keep up the healthy habits we know.

  • Regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands or use hand sanitiser.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Keep your distance from people you do not know.
  • Clean or disinfect shared surfaces often.
  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and get a test.
  • Keep up healthy habits