The Prime Minister announced changes to the COVID-19 Protection Framework which came into effect on Friday 25 March, and to vaccine mandates and My Vaccine Pass, which came into effect on Monday 4 April.

New Zealand moved to the Orange level of the traffic light system at 11.59pm Wednesday 13 April.

 

The key changes are:

From 11.59pm Friday 25 March:

  • changes to the framework for levels Red, Orange and Green came into effect. For further information on the changes visit the School Bulletin.
  • there is no requirement to display QR code posters (although we encourage schools to retain them) or for visitors to QR scan to check-in.

From 11.59pm Monday 4 April:

From 11.59pm Wednesday 13 April:

  • all of Aotearoa moved to Orange in the framework. Cabinet will review the framework colour level again in mid-May.

PLD Delivery under Orange from Wednesday 13 April

There are no restrictions on numbers of visitors on site at Orange so face-to-face PLD delivery is permitted with public health measures in place.

Face-to-face delivery of PLD can occur at the discretion of the school or kura in agreement with the PLD Provider organisation. All parties must be comfortable with the PLD delivery taking place on site.

If the kura or school is not comfortable with onsite delivery of PLD, sessions should continue via virtual delivery. PLD delivery should not be indefinitely postponed.

For all face-to-face PLD sessions, the following mandatory public health measures must be adhered to:

  • QR scanning is no longer a requirement. A PLD facilitator’s visit to a school or kura should still be captured in a visitor register, as is normal practice.
  • There are no indoor or outdoor capacity limits.
  • Masks are no longer required at school settings. However, face masks are one of the key health measures that we can use to slow the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. Anyone who wishes to wear a face mask at Orange should be encouraged and supported to do so. Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when indoors.

It is important to remain aware a school may decide it is appropriate to have additional health measures in place, such as wearing a mask indoors. Any additional health measures must be followed.

For further information on health measures in place at Orange visit our website.

 

For people covered under the Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order

Workers in early learning services, schools and kura are no longer required to be vaccinated to work with children or students, or to work on site where children and young people might be present. 

Schools or kura can ask workers and suppliers about their vaccination status if they have a good reason to do so. For example, a staff member is undertaking work which requires vaccination. Schools and kura would need to have sufficient reason for requesting and holding vaccination information and should follow their normal processes for storing private information. 

Please be aware that schools and kura may put their own policies in place to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. Each school will decide what work, if any, will continue to need to be undertaken by a vaccinated worker following a risk and health and safety assessment process. This process will require an explanation for why the additional mitigations are proportionate to the situation and level of risk. Learn more about the removal of mandatory vaccination requirements and what this looks like in the sector from the School Bulletin.

It is unlikely that many schools would determine through this risk assessment process that all workers and providers will need to be vaccinated. But as has been our consistent approach, it is up to the school or kura to determine their own health and safety policies in regard to vaccinations, in consultation with their community and board. For further information on risk assessments please visit Te Mahau.

For use of My Vaccine Pass

The Government also removed My Vaccine Pass requirements from the COVID-19 Protection Framework at 11.59pm Monday 4 April.

 

Please read the additional guidance on the changes to the traffic light system to familiarise yourself with the government and Ministry’s general advice. You can find these here:

 

The Prime Minister announced changes to the COVID-19 Protection Framework which came into effect on Friday 25 March, and to vaccine mandates and My Vaccine Pass, which came into effect on Monday 4 April.

New Zealand moved to the Orange level of the traffic light system at 11.59pm Wednesday 13 April.

 

The key changes are:

From 11.59pm Friday 25 March:

  • changes to the framework for levels Red, Orange and Green came into effect. For further information on the changes visit the School Bulletin.
  • there is no requirement to display QR code posters (although we encourage schools to retain them) or for visitors to QR scan to check-in.

From 11.59pm Monday 4 April:

From 11.59pm Wednesday 13 April:

  • all of Aotearoa moved to Orange in the framework. Cabinet will review the framework colour level again in mid-May.

PLD Delivery under Orange from Wednesday 13 April

There are no restrictions on numbers of visitors on site at Orange so face-to-face PLD delivery is permitted with public health measures in place.

Face-to-face delivery of PLD can occur at the discretion of the school or kura in agreement with the PLD Provider organisation. All parties must be comfortable with the PLD delivery taking place on site.

If the kura or school is not comfortable with onsite delivery of PLD, sessions should continue via virtual delivery. PLD delivery should not be indefinitely postponed.

For all face-to-face PLD sessions, the following mandatory public health measures must be adhered to:

  • QR scanning is no longer a requirement. A PLD facilitator’s visit to a school or kura should still be captured in a visitor register, as is normal practice.
  • There are no indoor or outdoor capacity limits.
  • Masks are no longer required at school settings. However, face masks are one of the key health measures that we can use to slow the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. Anyone who wishes to wear a face mask at Orange should be encouraged and supported to do so. Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when indoors.

It is important to remain aware a school may decide it is appropriate to have additional health measures in place, such as wearing a mask indoors. Any additional health measures must be followed.

For further information on health measures in place at Orange visit our website.

 

For people covered under the Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order

Workers in early learning services, schools and kura are no longer required to be vaccinated to work with children or students, or to work on site where children and young people might be present. 

Schools or kura can ask workers and suppliers about their vaccination status if they have a good reason to do so. For example, a staff member is undertaking work which requires vaccination. Schools and kura would need to have sufficient reason for requesting and holding vaccination information and should follow their normal processes for storing private information. 

Please be aware that schools and kura may put their own policies in place to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. Each school will decide what work, if any, will continue to need to be undertaken by a vaccinated worker following a risk and health and safety assessment process. This process will require an explanation for why the additional mitigations are proportionate to the situation and level of risk. Learn more about the removal of mandatory vaccination requirements and what this looks like in the sector from the School Bulletin.

It is unlikely that many schools would determine through this risk assessment process that all workers and providers will need to be vaccinated. But as has been our consistent approach, it is up to the school or kura to determine their own health and safety policies in regard to vaccinations, in consultation with their community and board. For further information on risk assessments please visit Te Mahau.

For use of My Vaccine Pass

The Government also removed My Vaccine Pass requirements from the COVID-19 Protection Framework at 11.59pm Monday 4 April.

 

Please read the additional guidance on the changes to the traffic light system to familiarise yourself with the government and Ministry’s general advice. You can find these here: