Professional Learning and Development (PLD) and the COVID-19 Protection Framework

We would like to provide you with guidance on what PLD delivery will look like under the framework. This advice is still current for the move to the framework’s ‘Red’ level. Over the next few days, the government may provide further updates to the framework due to the Omicron variant, so if that occurs, we will provide additional advice on the PLD website on how that may further impact PLD delivery.

Under each of the three levels of the framework – Red, Orange, and Green – PLD delivery can take place onsite as schools and kura are open at all levels with public health measures in place.

These public health measures include the vaccination requirements for the education sector, mask use, physical distancing, good hygiene practices, contact tracing measures, and travel requirements. These measures must be always followed. 

PLD facilitators must comply with the vaccination requirements for the education sector and be vaccinated for COVID-19 from 1 January 2022 to deliver PLD in-person on a school site.

PLD delivery under ‘Red’:

  • Under ‘Red’, the framework states there should be “no non-essential visitors onsite” at schools and kura. It is up to the school or kura and the facilitator (and their provider) to determine whether the PLD is essential and requires an in-person visit to the school site.
  • PLD delivery can continue virtually and therefore a PLD facilitator doesn’t need to be considered an essential visitor.
  • If both the school and facilitator deem face-to-face delivery essential, and all parties are comfortable and compliant with the public health measures and the framework guidance, then the PLD facilitator can be considered an essential visitor and the PLD delivery can take place onsite.
  • PLD hours should only be postponed as a final resort as virtual delivery is still encouraged if in-person delivery is not possible.
  • A cautious approach should be taken with in-person delivery under ‘Red’ due to the highly transmittable nature of the Omicron variant. Virtual delivery should be the primary approach for delivery in areas/towns/regions with lower vaccination rates or active COVID-19 cases/clusters.

All parties – School/kura, PLD Facilitator, and PLD Provider – must be comfortable with the PLD delivery taking place in-person. If one or more parties are not comfortable, this decision must be respected, and all parties should work together to find the best alternative to ensure the PLD delivery can continue. This is likely virtual delivery via a video conferencing platform.

Orange is like the Alert Level 2 guidance we have previously provided - PLD delivery can take place in-person onsite with the public health measures in place.

We will provide guidance around PLD delivery at Green later in 2022 once the government announces that moving to Green is a possibility.

Additional resources to understand the framework and its implications for the education sector can be found here:

If you have any questions, please email PLD.Enquiries@education.govt.nz

Professional Learning and Development (PLD) and the COVID-19 Protection Framework

We would like to provide you with guidance on what PLD delivery will look like under the framework. This advice is still current for the move to the framework’s ‘Red’ level. Over the next few days, the government may provide further updates to the framework due to the Omicron variant, so if that occurs, we will provide additional advice on the PLD website on how that may further impact PLD delivery.

Under each of the three levels of the framework – Red, Orange, and Green – PLD delivery can take place onsite as schools and kura are open at all levels with public health measures in place.

These public health measures include the vaccination requirements for the education sector, mask use, physical distancing, good hygiene practices, contact tracing measures, and travel requirements. These measures must be always followed. 

PLD facilitators must comply with the vaccination requirements for the education sector and be vaccinated for COVID-19 from 1 January 2022 to deliver PLD in-person on a school site.

 PLD delivery under ‘Red’:

  • Under ‘Red’, the framework states there should be “no non-essential visitors onsite” at schools and kura. It is up to the school or kura and the facilitator (and their provider) to determine whether the PLD is essential and requires an in-person visit to the school site.
  • PLD delivery can continue virtually and therefore a PLD facilitator doesn’t need to be considered an essential visitor.
  • If both the school and facilitator deem face-to-face delivery essential, and all parties are comfortable and compliant with the public health measures and the framework guidance, then the PLD facilitator can be considered an essential visitor and the PLD delivery can take place onsite.
  • PLD hours should only be postponed as a final resort as virtual delivery is still encouraged if in-person delivery is not possible.
  • A cautious approach should be taken with in-person delivery under ‘Red’ due to the highly transmittable nature of the Omicron variant. Virtual delivery should be the primary approach for delivery in areas/towns/regions with lower vaccination rates or active COVID-19 cases/clusters.

All parties – School/kura, PLD Facilitator, and PLD Provider – must be comfortable with the PLD delivery taking place in-person. If one or more parties are not comfortable, this decision must be respected, and all parties should work together to find the best alternative to ensure the PLD delivery can continue. This is likely virtual delivery via a video conferencing platform.

Orange is like the Alert Level 2 guidance we have previously provided - PLD delivery can take place in-person onsite with the public health measures in place.

We will provide guidance around PLD delivery at Green later in 2022 once the government announces that moving to Green is a possibility.

Additional resources to understand the framework and its implications for the education sector can be found here:

If you have any questions, please email PLD.Enquiries@education.govt.nz