To follow on from yesterday’s update, we would like to provide more information around regionally-allocated PLD session cancellations due to Alert Level 4.

 

Cancellations prior to Alert Level 4: 

The normal cancellation policy for any regionally-allocated PLD session is: If a school or kura cancels a PLD visit or session (if online via Zoom etc.) without giving 48 hours’ notice, the PLD hours will be considered used. If a school or kura cancel with over a 48-hour period, the hours are not considered used and should be rescheduled. 

Therefore, if an 8-hour session is cancelled within 48-hours’ notice, these 8 hours are considered delivered and subtracted from the total PLD hour allocation. The PLD facilitator does not have to deliver an additional 8 hours later, they would deliver the remainder of the undelivered hours.

The PLD provider is entitled to claim the hours as delivered. They can also claim for any travel expenses that are not able to be refunded/credited due to the cancellation. 

This cancellation policy will apply to all PLD visits or sessions before 11:59pm 17 August 2021.

 

Cancellations because of Alert Level changes:

The move from Level 1 to Level 4 on 11:59pm 17 August 2021 was less than a 48-hour window of notice, and we recognise there will be many PLD sessions scheduled to take place over the next three-seven days and travel and accommodation booked in. 

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 due to moving to alert level 4. The expectation is that the session will either occur online as planned or be rescheduled to later time. 

The school or kura and PLD facilitator should first discuss if the hours can be rescheduled or transitioned to an online session via Zoom, Skype etc. to continue as planned. If required, facilitators can use existing PLD hours within the existing SOWs to provide support to schools and kura to transition to online learning.

If an online session does not take place in the timeframe as planned, or the session cannot be rescheduled to a later date, then those hours will be considered used and the PLD provider is entitled to claim the hours as delivered.

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.

 

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.

Please contact the National Office PLD team if you have any questions or need advice. We will review each cancellation situation on a case-by-case basis.

To follow on from yesterday’s update, we would like to provide more information around regionally-allocated PLD session cancellations due to Alert Level 4.

 

Cancellations prior to Alert Level 4: 

The normal cancellation policy for any regionally-allocated PLD session is: If a school or kura cancels a PLD visit or session (if online via Zoom etc.) without giving 48 hours’ notice, the PLD hours will be considered used. If a school or kura cancel with over a 48-hour period, the hours are not considered used and should be rescheduled. 

Therefore, if an 8-hour session is cancelled within 48-hours’ notice, these 8 hours are considered delivered and subtracted from the total PLD hour allocation. The PLD facilitator does not have to deliver an additional 8 hours later, they would deliver the remainder of the undelivered hours.

The PLD provider is entitled to claim the hours as delivered. They can also claim for any travel expenses that are not able to be refunded/credited due to the cancellation. 

This cancellation policy will apply to all PLD visits or sessions before 11:59pm 17 August 2021.

 

Cancellations because of Alert Level changes:

The move from Level 1 to Level 4 on 11:59pm 17 August 2021 was less than a 48-hour window of notice, and we recognise there will be many PLD sessions scheduled to take place over the next three-seven days and travel and accommodation booked in. 

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 due to moving to alert level 4. The expectation is that the session will either occur online as planned or be rescheduled to later time. 

The school or kura and PLD facilitator should first discuss if the hours can be rescheduled or transitioned to an online session via Zoom, Skype etc. to continue as planned. If required, facilitators can use existing PLD hours within the existing SOWs to provide support to schools and kura to transition to online learning.

If an online session does not take place in the timeframe as planned, or the session cannot be rescheduled to a later date, then those hours will be considered used and the PLD provider is entitled to claim the hours as delivered.

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.

 

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.

Please contact the National Office PLD team if you have any questions or need advice. We will review each cancellation situation on a case-by-case basis.