As announced by the Prime Minister at 6pm yesterday, the country moved to Alert Level 4 at 11:59pm, 17 August 2021.

 

What this means for all Ministry funded PLD:

  1. All Ministry of Education offices will be closed during alert Level 4 and all staff will be working from home.
  2. Schools and kura are closed under alert level 4, meaning no PLD can be delivered in person on a school site. Schools and kura should work with their facilitators to transition scheduled sessions from in-person to online, and use programs including Zoom or Skype for their session.
  3. Alternatively, if the PLD cannot go ahead in the next three - seven days, the PLD sessions should be rescheduled, if at all possible either online or be rescheduled to a later time.  Should this not be possible, please contact the Ministry team that manages the PLD support to discuss. 
  4. There is no additional COVID PLD support available. If a school or kura needs support transitioning to distance learning, they should discuss getting support from their current facilitator and/or provider.
  5. Schools and kura should consider using the Distance Learning Review Tool to identify their needs for distance support, which can be found on the PLD website. They should also browse the Learning from Home and Kauwhata Reo websites to see if any resources or supports available there that might suit them with their immediate needs.
  6. Please ensure that PLD visits are recorded on paper or in an app for contract tracing purposes. This includes facilitators travelling and/or visiting a school site for a PLD session or school leaders attending a PLD session at an offsite location.
  7. The focus for this, and all future lockdowns, is for PLD delivery to continue as scheduled wherever and however possible – we understand this may mean that compromises may need to be made, but PLD should not be indefinitely postponed because of a lockdown.

 What this additionally means for Regionally-allocated PLD:

  1. Most of the regionally-allocated PLD Term 3 2021 panel meetings are scheduled to take place next week from the 23rd. We are working with the regional office PLD teams to ensure the panel meetings take place as planned – either in person if the country moves to alert level 2 or 1, or via Zoom.
  2. If the PLD cannot go ahead in the next three-seven days, the PLD sessions should be rescheduled, if at all possible. Our intention at this time is that no regionally-allocated PLD hours will be considered used/lost if the session is unable to go ahead in the next 48 hours. The expectation is that the session will either occur online or be rescheduled to later time.  Should this not be possible, please contact the PLD team.
  3. If a PLD provider incurs any additional or unforeseen travel expenses due to this alert level change, we encourage them to contact PLD.Providers@education.govt.nz to discuss with us.
  4. The National Office PLD team are not reissuing or amending existing Statements of Work for schools or kura to work with different providers or facilitators for additional distance support.

Please contact the National Office PLD team if you have any questions or need advice:

General advice:

Please follow all government advice on the COVID-19 and Ministry of Health websites regarding contact tracing, hygiene, social distancing, and lockdown guidelines.

Information on Alert level 4 and what to do under this level can be found here: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and-updates/alert-level-4/.

Please also follow all information related to schools and education through education.govt.nz and through the School Leaders Bulletin

Please keep up to date with the information published on Education.govt.nz and through the Bulletin, and we will continue to update via email or on the PLD website news section when required.

As announced by the Prime Minister at 6pm yesterday, the country moved to Alert Level 4 at 11:59pm, 17 August 2021. 

 

What this means for all Ministry funded PLD:

  1. All Ministry of Education offices will be closed during alert Level 4 and all staff will be working from home.
  2. Schools and kura are closed under alert level 4, meaning no PLD can be delivered in person on a school site. Schools and kura should work with their facilitators to transition scheduled sessions from in-person to online, and use programs including Zoom or Skype for their session.
  3. Alternatively, if the PLD cannot go ahead in the next three - seven days, the PLD sessions should be rescheduled, if at all possible either online or be rescheduled to a later time.  Should this not be possible, please contact the Ministry team that manages the PLD support to discuss. 
  4. There is no additional COVID PLD support available. If a school or kura needs support transitioning to distance learning, they should discuss getting support from their current facilitator and/or provider.
  5. Schools and kura should consider using the Distance Learning Review Tool to identify their needs for distance support, which can be found on the PLD website. They should also browse the Learning from Home and Kauwhata Reo websites to see if any resources or supports available there that might suit them with their immediate needs.
  6. Please ensure that PLD visits are recorded on paper or in an app for contract tracing purposes. This includes facilitators travelling and/or visiting a school site for a PLD session or school leaders attending a PLD session at an offsite location.
  7. The focus for this, and all future lockdowns, is for PLD delivery to continue as scheduled wherever and however possible – we understand this may mean that compromises may need to be made, but PLD should not be indefinitely postponed because of a lockdown.

 What this additionally means for Regionally-allocated PLD:

  1. Most of the regionally-allocated PLD Term 3 2021 panel meetings are scheduled to take place next week from the 23rd. We are working with the regional office PLD teams to ensure the panel meetings take place as planned – either in person if the country moves to alert level 2 or 1, or via Zoom.
  2. If the PLD cannot go ahead in the next three-seven days, the PLD sessions should be rescheduled, if at all possible. Our intention at this time is that no regionally-allocated PLD hours will be considered used/lost if the session is unable to go ahead in the next 48 hours. The expectation is that the session will either occur online or be rescheduled to later time.  Should this not be possible, please contact the PLD team.
  3. If a PLD provider incurs any additional or unforeseen travel expenses due to this alert level change, we encourage them to contact PLD.Providers@education.govt.nz to discuss with us.
  4. The National Office PLD team are not reissuing or amending existing Statements of Work for schools or kura to work with different providers or facilitators for additional distance support.

Please contact the National Office PLD team if you have any questions or need advice:

General advice:

Please follow all government advice on the COVID-19 and Ministry of Health websites regarding contact tracing, hygiene, social distancing, and lockdown guidelines.

Information on Alert level 4 and what to do under this level can be found here: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and-updates/alert-level-4/.

Please also follow all information related to schools and education through education.govt.nz and through the School Leaders Bulletin

Please keep up to date with the information published on Education.govt.nz and through the Bulletin, and we will continue to update via email or on the PLD website news section when required.