COVID-19

Information for Parents/Caregivers and Students.

All of New Zealand (except Auckland) moves to Level 2 from 11.59 pm, Tuesday 7 September. We look forward to welcoming back our students and staff to school on Thursday 9 September.

10 things you need to know about Alert Level 3


1. Schools are open for students who need to attend. Any student (Years 1 to 10) who can’t be supervised at home by an appropriate person, needs to be able to attend school. 

Distance learning will  be provided for all students who are off-site including those required to self-isolate and those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result.

2. There is no such thing as an “essential service/business” at alert level 3 (only at alert level 4)
At Alert Level 3 a large range of businesses and services are operating (including schools and early learning services) which means that parents and caregivers may be required to go to work, rather than work from or stay at home.

3. School bubbles will need to be put in place for those attending on-site For those who are on-site, school bubbles of no more than 20 students will be formed and keep a 2-metre distance from other school bubbles. 

4. Schools are not classified as gatherings. Schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there to receive, provide, or support education services. All other requirements specified in the COVID-19 Public Health Response orders do however apply. 

5. Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school. Our Director of Education will work closely with us and health authorities should this occur. 

6. Testing remains a crucial component in preventing an outbreak. If a student or staff member is sick, they should stay home. If you have cold or flu symptoms you should call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested. If recommended to get tested, you should do so.

7. Sick people must stay at home. You should seek medical advice if you have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If you display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate.

8. We must have a contact tracing system in place. This includes displaying QR code posters at our entrances, attendance register and visitor register.

9. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply:

  • Physical distancing  of one metre inside and two metres outside at Alert Level 3
  • Hand hygiene
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces (daily at Alert Level 3).

10. The Dio team is available to provide support. Please keep in touch and reach out if you need to.


10 things you need to know about Alert Level 2

1. Schools are open to everyone, and all students must attend. At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained but there is still risk of community transmission. It is safe for students and staff to attend school and for school hostels to be operating as there will be appropriate measures in place, including for students and staff vulnerable to severe illness.

2. Learning will be onsite with distance learning offered in some circumstances.
Distance learning will be provided for those required to self-isolate, those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result, or those choosing to remain at home because they are vulnerable to illness.

3. Schools are not classified as gatherings and a range of events and activities can go ahead.
For most day to day activities at schools, the rules for gatherings do not apply. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there to receive, provide, or support education services.

However as soon as an event or activity brings people onsite who are not there for education purposes, including students, parents and caregivers, then the rules for gatherings do apply. This would include performances such as school plays, cultural events and sporting activities.

4. Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school. Our Director of Education will work closely with us and health authorities should this occur. 

5. Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport.
This includes charter buses hired by the school to transport students and staff. Anyone who chooses to wear a face-covering in any setting will be supported to do so.

6. Sick people must stay at home. You should seek medical advice if you have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If you display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate.

7. We must have a contact tracing system in place. This includes displaying QR code posters at our entrances, attendance register and visitor register.

8. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:

  • Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)
  • Face-coverings are recommended but not mandatory
  • Hand hygiene
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.

9. We will think and plan carefully before we go ahead with any activity that brings a large number of students together and/or spectators are involved. Some events may need to be cancelled or postponed when we are at Alert Level 2. Inter-regional travel is possible but only when we are confident the appropriate measures will be in place at the host venue, including requirements for gatherings.                                                                                

10. Our Dio team is available to provide support. Please keep in touch and reach out if you need to.

10 things you need to know about Alert Level 1


1. Schools are open and must operate safely. At  Alert Level 1 the virus is contained in New Zealand but not overseas. We need to have systems and practices in place in case COVID-19 reappears in our community.

2. There are no restrictions on personal movement at Alert Level 1 – all students and staff should be at school. The only people who will need to stay away are:

  • those required to self-isolate
  • individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result (most people will be able to go back to school/work while waiting for a result)
  • students and staff who are unwell.

3. Testing remains a crucial component in preventing an outbreak. If a student or staff member is sick, they should stay home. If you have cold or flu symptoms you should call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested. If recommended to get tested, you should do so. 

4. Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school. Our Director of Education will work closely with us and health authorities should this occur. 

5. We must continue to support contact tracing through the display of QR Code posters and our visitor register, attendance register. If a new case does appear in our community, our contact tracing processes will support the speedy identification of close contacts of the confirmed case. Please check-in using the NZ COVID Tracer app including when you are doing pick-ups and drop-offs.

6. There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings. Schools, like workplaces, are not considered to be gatherings. Physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events can go ahead.

7. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply:

  • Physical distancing – keep a safe distance from people you don’t know while out and about
  • Hand hygiene
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.

8. There are no restrictions on domestic travel. People should avoid using mass transport if sick, awaiting a result from a COVID-19 test or required/recommended to self-isolate.

9. Face coverings continue not to be required when in school. This includes school transport and charter buses hired by the school to transport students and staff to and from school. Anyone who chooses to wear a face-covering in any setting will be supported to do so.

10. Our Dio team is available to provide support. Please keep in touch and reach out if you need to.