Please note, in the latest Ministry of Education Bulletin, specific reference to:
- Why we're in Alert Level 4
- Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine approved for 12 to 15-year-olds
- Testing for COVID-19
- Relief teaching costs under Alert Level 4
- Extension to COVID-19 Regional Support Scheme 2021
- Continue to pay your contractors
- Packaging information for device delivery by courier
- Suspension process in Alert Level 4
- Student representative elections.
19 August 2021
Iona Holsted – Secretary for Education
|Kia ora anō,
I am sorry if it feels like death by a battery of bulletins today – but I know there was a lot of interest in hearing as soon as possible about opportunities to get hard materials and/or devices delivered to students, so rather than hold up that information we decided on two editions today.
This second bulletin addresses questions that have been raised with us and other relevant information.
Of significance is the Government’s decision to make the Pfizer Vaccine available to 12 to 15-year-olds from Wednesday 1 September (with bookings open from tomorrow). Vaccination dates are now available for all people over the age of 40. There is no shortage of vaccines and more sites will be available over the next few days, now is a good time to get vaccinated – you are allowed out, even during Alert Level 4 to get vaccinated!
High levels of vaccination are a prerequisite to a more porous border and to minimise the risk of further and longer lockdowns.
Earlier today we provided advice that you can directly (or through couriers) deliver devices and hard materials to students’ homes. I know that for some families a managed contactless collection system may be needed. I hope to confirm this option tomorrow.
Thank you for your leadership again and support for your communities during this uncertain time.