Education during Alert Level 2
As of Thursday 14 May 2020 Aotearoa is now at Alert Level 2.
What does education look like under Alert Level 2? The following is from the Government’s COVID-19 website.
Early learning services, schools and tertiary education facilities will all open at Alert Level 2.
On the advice of public health officials, any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.
Early learning services and schools
All early learning centres and schools will be physically open including years 11 to 13. Distance learning will be available for those unable to attend school, for example where people are self-isolating.
Early learning services and schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff. Additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.
Tertiary education facilities are open.
Tertiary education is a safe environment for students and staff to return to at Alert level 2. Tertiary education facilities will implement public health requirements and physical distancing as appropriate for the context, and will work closely to ensure a safe environment where students can continue their learning. They will need to maintain distance learning capability to help manage within these constraints, and ensure safety of staff and students at risk of COVID-19.
Workplace-based learning will be conducted within the specific rules applicable to the relevant industry.
Learning from home during Alert Level 3
Digital inequality, disruption and poor education system performance for Māori exacerbated by Covid-19 will be evident in recovery over coming years. While some schools and providers are doing well - others are not. There are many families reporting stress from home schooling, no access to televisions, data and devices, low levels of digital literacy.
Some of these resources may help.
Some key websites for education
If you have tamariki/rangatahi and no educational resources or digital access – contact your school in the first instance. If you have any concerns you should then contact your local Ministry of Education office.
Ministry of Education Information for students, parents and whānau about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).
Ministry of Education - Distance Learning for all students started on 15 April, with half of the country’s schools already well set up using the internet. Some online resources and information to tautoko whānau and help with learning have been developed.
Sparklers at home provide fun wellbeing activities to support whānau with tamariki to look after their wellbeing and feel good.
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) have advice for tertiary students and providers in relation to Covid-19 and what is being done.
Ngai Tahu have developed a range of education resources.
Te Reo Māori resources
Kōhanga Reo National Trust have some rauemi for whānau with pēpi.
Te Taura Whiri have a selection of high quality resources to assist with learning Māori.
Te Whanake Māori language series has evolved out of the need for Māori language resources for adults that reflect modern methods of teaching second languages. Toku Reo and Te Whanake are free online.
Many whānau are connecting and learning about karakia, Maramataka, and te reo and iwi wānanga at this time through Facebook and Zoom. You may want to login to your iwi, hapū or marae website to find out more.
Digital access and support
Jump is a wireless internet service and is widely available in rural and urban areas. But not everywhere. It is a pre-paid service, offering 30GB of data for $5. Find out how to sign up.
Digital Wings Trust works to donate refurbished IT equipment to charities and community organisations. Preference is given to those working in youth education to employment.
The Computers in Homes Connect programme supports digital inclusion by providing learners with training, devices, data access, technical support. Find out how your organisation can become a Referral Partner for Computers in Homes Connect.