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COVID-19 Protection Framework summary

Summary information about the COVID-19 Protection Framework and how to apply it in school settings. Health measures common to all framework settings. Updates from the Ministry of Education guidance can be found here .

Basic hygiene  

Includes good hand hygiene, cough, and sneeze etiquette, avoid touching your face, and regularly clean and disinfect surfaces. Use hand sanitiser at entrances to indoor spaces at Orange and Red.  Maintain good hygiene | Unite against COVID-19

If you are sick 

Stay home and get tested. If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home. Call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested.  

Staff are to observe children on arrival, checking for symptoms. Those presenting as unwell will be asked to go home or arrange for parents or caregivers to come and pick up. 

Case management

Cases of COVID-19 in a school will continue to be managed across the framework. Staff and students should follow public health guidance to identify who needs to self-isolate and get tested. Schools do not need to undertake contact tracing for their staff or students. 


Indoor spaces should be well ventilated, for example by opening windows, doors, and any vents. If mechanical ventilation is used, make sure the ventilation system is regularly maintained.  Ventilating schools | Te Mahau 


The best way to reduce the risk of severe illness from COVID-19 is to be up to date with vaccinations.  COVID-19 vaccination | Unite against COVID-19