Following the 23 August announcement of the extension of Alert Level 4, please find below an update from the Ministry of Education
Unlike the last time the country was in Alert Level 4, the Secretary for Education does not have any powers to authorise exemptions.
There are limited reasons someone can access a worksite:
- A person can go to their work premises to “enable workers to work, or continue to work, remotely or from their place of residence”. For example, if there is an issue with IT that is preventing staff and students from working and learning, an individual could go to the school site to restore systems
- To undertake necessary maintenance for the purposes of minimum basic operations (for example, securing your building, removing rubbish that is deemed a health and safety concern, fixing a power fault). Note: this does not include general property maintenance (for example, mowing lawns, pool maintenance or general cleaning)
- To care for animals.
You can contact MBIE directly on 0800 424 946 or at AL4businessservices@mbie.govt.nz for more information.
An exemption has also been approved for the sole purpose of preparing and arranging for delivery (or pick up in very limited circumstances) of hard pack materials and devices. See more about this in our bulletin on Friday (pasted below).
Anyone going to the school site for these specific purposes must follow all other public health requirements, including keeping physically distanced and wearing face coverings.
Ministry of Education advice regarding access to schools during Lockdown Alert Level 4 (afternoon Friday 20 August)
In addition to staff being able to go onsite to prepare and arrange for delivery of hard pack materials and devices, an exemption has now been granted so that in limited circumstances, some parents, caregivers or students will be able to come onto a school or early learning site in order to collect materials or devices to support distance learning.
This exemption is conditional on early learning services and schools acting in accordance with the following requirements:
All the conditions from 1 to 9 must be met for you to distribute materials on the school or early learning service site.