Please make sure that your teacher is aware if your child will need to attend school should we move to Level 3.

Please make sure we know if you need to borrow a school device for learning or require hardcopy materials.

Current Status: Level 2: from Thursday 9 September 2021

  • School is open for learning
  • MOE and Health protocols will be followed
  • All visitors must sign in or scan COVID Tracer app 
  • Please wear a mask if you are visiting our school or keep 2 m distance from others.

At Level 3

  • Distance Learning operates 
  • school is open to students where whanau are not able to arrange supervision at home
  • At school students will continue with their Distance Learning programmes and safety precautions are in place - social distancing, sanitising etc as per MOE guidelines

At Level 4 

The school is closed.

Distance Learning will operate.

Please stay out of school grounds - including playground and court area.​​​​​​​

On Wednesday 31 August we move to Level 3: at this level, the children of essential workers, who have no other childcare arrangements, may attend school. 

Distance Learning will still operate.

Other alert level information

Things you need to know about Alert Level 1

1. Schools are open and must operate safely.

At Alert Level 1 the virus is contained in New Zealand but not overseas. We need to have systems and practices in place in case COVID-19 reappears in our community.

2. There are no restrictions on personal movement at Alert Level 1 – all children and staff should be at school.

The only people who will need to stay away are:

  • those required to self-isolate
  • individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result (most people will be able to go back to school/work while waiting for a result)
  • children, students and staff who are unwell.

3. Testing remains a crucial component in preventing an outbreak.

If a child or staff member is sick, they should stay home. If they have cold or flu symptoms they should call their doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested. If recommended to get tested, they should do so.

4. Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school.

Your Director of Education will work closely with you and health authorities should this occur. Please contact your Ministry regional office if you hear of a confirmed case in your school community but haven’t been advised about it by health officials.

5. You must continue to support contact tracing through the display of QR Code posters and your visitor register, attendance register and timetable.

If a new case does appear in your community, your contact tracing processes will support the speedy identification of close contacts of the confirmed case. Please encourage your community to check-in using the NZ COVID Tracer app including when they are doing pick-ups and drop-offs.

6. There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings.

Schools, like workplaces are not considered to be gatherings. Physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events can go ahead.

7. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply:

  • Physical distancing – keep a safe distance from people you don’t know while out and about
  • Hand hygiene
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.

8. There are no restrictions on domestic travel.

People should avoid using mass transport if sick, awaiting a result from a COVID-19 test or required/recommended to self-isolate.

9. Face coverings continue not to be required when in school.

This includes school transport and charter buses hired by the school to transport students and staff to and from school. Anyone who chooses to wear a face-covering in any setting should be supported to do so.

Information for STATUS: LEVEL 2.  

COVID Response @Alert Level 2

1. HNI is open to everyone, and all children must attend.

At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained but there is still risk of community transmission. It is safe for children and staff to attend school and for school hostels to be operating as there will be appropriate measures in place, including for children and staff vulnerable to severe illness.

2. Learning will be onsite with distance learning offered in some circumstances.

Distance learning should be provided for those required to self-isolate, those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result, or those choosing to remain at home because they are vulnerable to illness.

3. Schools are not classified as gatherings and a range of events and activities can go ahead.

For most day to day activities, the rules for gatherings do not apply. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there to receive, provide, or support education services. However any event or activity brings people onsite who are not there for education purposes, including students, parents and caregivers, then the rules for gatherings do apply. This includes performances such as school plays, cultural events and sporting activities.

4. Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school.

5. Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport but must be worn by students over 12 traveling on the GoBus.

6. Sick people must stay at home.

They should seek medical advice if they have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If that person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate.

7. All visitors must sign in and use the contact tracing system in place.

HNI will display QR code posters at our entrances, and provide a visitor register.

8. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:

● Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)

● Hand hygiene

● Cough and sneeze etiquette

● Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.

9. HNI will plan carefully before going ahead with any activity that brings a large number of students together and/or spectators are involved.

Some events may need to be cancelled or postponed when we are at Alert Level 2. Inter-regional travel is possible but only where we are confident the appropriate measures will be in place at the host venue, including requirements for gatherings.