Covid Level 1

Ministry of Education

9 things you need to know about Alert Level 1

1. Schools are open and must operate safely.

2. There are no restrictions on personal movement at Alert Level 1 – all children 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)

• children, students and staff who are unwell.

3. Testing remains a crucial component in preventing an outbreak.

If a child or staff member is sick, they should stay home. If they have cold or flu symptoms they should call their doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested. If recommended to get tested, they should do so.

4. Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school.

5. Any visitors to school must continue to support contact tracing through the display of QR Code posters and our visitor register in our reception.

There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings in school at Level 1.

6. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply:

• 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. Individuals travelling to, through and from Auckland by plane are required to wear a face covering.

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 should be supported to do so.

Full details can be found on the website.

Exams at Alert Levels 1, 2 and 3

All exams including NCEA and Scholarship are able to proceed at Alert Levels 1, 2 and 3.

In the unlikely case that a region or regions were placed under Alert Level 4, exams will not be able to go ahead in those regions as schools are not open onsite at that level.

NZQA has recently disseminated information including a detailed checklist about managing NCEA and Scholarship exams at Alert Levels 1, 2 and

3. Please contact them if you haven’t received this information already.

At all alert levels:

• If a school is at the centre of or implicated in an outbreak or cluster and/or has been closed by the Medical Officer of Health, exams will not be able to take place until public health authorities give approval.

• Anyone who is unwell must stay away.

• Those students identified as close contacts of a confirmed case cannot attend their exam(s).

• Because physical distancing will be in place for all exams, there are no restrictions on the number of students attending an examination in a single venue (such as the school hall).