May 16, 2020
Activities held as part of normal operations such as curriculum-related activities are not classified as gatherings under the framework, but schools should continue to implement a range of health mitigations to minimise risk for participants and staff.
Some examples of school-based curriculum-related events and activities include:
Non-curriculum related activities at Orange
Generally, events and activities are not curriculum-related if they occur outside of class time – particularly where attendance is optional.
Non-curriculum related activities need to meet the requirements for events and gatherings under the framework when onsite and offsite.
Playing wind instruments and singing at Orange and Green
Practices and rehearsals can go ahead – a physical distancing of 1 metre is recommended where practicable especially for higher risk activities such as singing and using wind instruments.
Face masks at Orange
Updated; 16th March 2022
Changes to vaccine pass requirements for teams and groups*
As noted in our bulletin on 1 March, changes have now been made to the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework) Order.
All children and young people enrolled in a registered school are now able to participate in all school-organised teams and groups regardless of their vaccination status. This change took effect from 11.59pm Saturday 12 March.
This change will also apply to any individuals representing their school at an event or competition – for example, an individual representing their school at a debating competition (think of them as a team/group of one).
For education outside the classroom (EOTC), this will mean that an offsite provider will not be able to ask children and young people participating in school-organised curriculum-related activities for evidence of vaccination.
Social events, fund-raising events or other activities where student participants are not in a school-organised team or group are not included in this exemption from vaccine pass requirements – for example, school balls, school fairs, quiz nights.
*Published: He Pitopito Kōrero – Bulletin for School Leaders 16th March 2022
Updated 22nd January 2022
This guide was developed for Music Departments at schools and Itinerant Teachers of Music in Aotearoa for the Covid 19 Protection Frame Work inparticular for the Red Traffic Light setting.
Links to relevant MOE and COVID19 documents are found here:
Information has been gathered and put together from information published up to the 24th Janurary 2021. We will update as needed. You may need to go to the Ministry of Education for up to date information.
Who needs to be fully vaccinated?
At education sites, some people must be fully vaccinated to have contact with children and students.
Even though we are a highly vaccinated country, COVID-19 can still spread in our communities.
To slow the spread of the virus, and continue to help protect you, your whānau, and your community, it is important to keep up the healthy habits we know.
Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 18 and over who completed their primary vaccination course at least 4 months ago is already eligible for a booster vaccine.
The Government announced on 21 December 2021 that COVID-19 booster vaccinations would be mandated for workforces covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 (Vaccinations Order). This has come into effect as of the 23 January 2022.
Education, Corrections, Police, Defence, and Fire and Emergency workforces, if eligible for a booster, are required to have this by 1 March 2022.
Under the Red Traffic Light System
All ākonga (students) Years 4 and up must wear face coverings indoors and when in close contact with others.
Staff and teachers must wear face coverings when teaching and supporting children in Years 4 and up.
Parents and visitors are encouraged to maintain 1-metre distancing from other adults while indoors.
Scan in or keep a record of where you go
Scan the QR code or keep a record of where you go. This will help with contact tracing for any cases in your community.
Non-curriculum Related Activities
Non-curriculum related events should be limited and may only go ahead if a vaccination certificate is required.
If bringing others onsite, including parents and caregivers, any general rules for events applicable at the time, will apply.
Music, Instruments, Singing
When singing at Red, participants must be outside and two metres distant from each other. No singing should take place inside.
Wind instruments not to be shared and limited to home use, or outside only.
At all settings within the CPF, shared supplies and equipment (e.g. Musical Instruments) are able to be used if students and staff are undertaking regular hand washing and staying away if sick.
Teaching across schools and groups
At Red, schools and kura need to minimise as much as possible, staff working across groups/classes of students.
Unless they are fully immunised and wearing face coverings, staff such as itinerant music teachers and relief teachers will not be able to work across different schools.
As with all staff, they should closely monitor for symptoms, stay home if unwell, get tested if symptomatic, use the COVID-19 tracer app.
Education outside the Classroom
Education outside the classroom (EOTC) activities can go ahead but will need careful planning. Targeted local lockdowns, if initiated, may restrict movement across boundaries.
The key consideration for your school group is avoiding interaction with people you don’t know because they cannot be easily contact-traced.
Schools and kura must ensure that they:
Other Events and Activities
At Red, large gatherings should be avoided. While schools and kura are not considered gatherings, there are restrictions on what events and activities you can hold.
Large groups of students should be avoided indoors
Curriculum related activities continue
Non-curriculum related events are limited and may only go ahead if a vaccine pass is required.
No external students on site for non-curriculum related inter-school activities.
This document was developed as a guide for Music Departments at schools and Itinerant Teachers of Music in Aotearoa following the COVID-19 outbreak and is a working document.
Links to relevant MOE and COVID19 documents are found at the end with a chart of responsibilities for schools and music teachers.
Prepared for MENZA by the ITM Covid-19 Working group.
Music at Alert Level 2
We have had some questions about managing any potential risk associated with music classes when at Alert Level 2.
It is important to note that at Alert Level 2 the disease is contained, but the risk of community transmission remains.
“With the other public health measures we have put in place in schools and early learning services, coupled with the reduced risk of transmission at Alert Level 2, we consider the risk of infection is low.”
Dr Caroline McElnay – Director of Public Health
Music classes, singing and using woodwind instruments can take place at Alert Level 2 (but not at Alert Level 3). Practices, rehearsals and performances can go ahead – physical distancing of 1 metre is recommended where practicable including singing and using wind instruments. All other hygiene practices must also be followed including staying away if sick, regular hand washing, good cough and sneeze etiquette, contact tracing and regular cleaning of surfaces. Regular cleaning of shared equipment (instruments) will be needed.
Activities where visitors are attending, including parents and caregivers, will need to align with public health requirements for gatherings.
Staff will be able to work across different schools.
Your leadership, staff, students, and community need to understand what the risks are and how to manage them. This needs to be planned and discussed, and then detailed in your health and safety plan.
The following link has some clarification and considerations from the NZCF (NZ Choral Federation) for Alert levels 1 and 2:
The following is an American site that has been collecting articles and research from around the world