Events and activities

Events and activities

COVID-19 guidance for schools and kura when running curriculum and non-curriculum related gatherings at Red, Orange and Green.

There are health measures in place

Regardless of the type of activity or location, there are a range of public health measures that should be in place, to keep participants and organisers as safe as possible.   

The COVID-19 Health Response (Protection Framework) Order (the framework) includes a number of requirements schools must follow when holding events and activities. 

COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework) Order 2021 - New Zealand Legislation

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: 

  • assemblies
  • technology centres 
  • physical education classes (including swimming) 
  • parent-teacher meetings 
  • examinations 
  • school plays or performances during class time 
  • cultural activities during class time 
  • pōwhiri ceremonies (for example, start of year/new student or staff welcomes) 
  • music during class time 
  • inter-school events during class time (such as inter-school sport events) 
  • science fairs. 

Red 

  • Activities with large numbers of children/students such as assemblies should not go ahead unless outdoors. 
  • When thinking about the size of your indoor activity, it is recommended that the total should not exceed 200 people or a maximum capacity limit based on the maximum number of people who could occupy the space if each person was 1 metre apart (whichever is the smaller). 
  • It’s recommended that only essential visitors should be onsite.  
  • Where other students are coming onsite for learning, 1 metre physical distancing should be applied where practicable. 
  • Examinations will require 1.5 metres physical distancing between candidates. 

Orange 

  • Activities with large numbers of students, if they are to go ahead, should take place in well-ventilated areas or outdoors. 
  • Students from other schools are permitted to be onsite and must follow all health measures.  
  • If risk assessment indicates higher risk for your community, consider how you might limit any large indoor gatherings. 

Green 

  • No specific requirements for events.  
  • Students from other schools are permitted to be onsite and must follow all health measures.

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. 

Some examples of events and activities that are not curriculum-related include: 

  • prizegiving events involving the wider community (parents and whānau) 
  • school balls and leavers’ dinners 
  • weekend sports 
  • community use of swimming pools or other facilities 
  • out-of-hours music and art, and sporting and cultural activities held out of school hours 
  • school fairs and fundraising events 
  • PTA meeting 
  • religious instruction during school hours (state schools only).

Red 

  • Events should be limited. 
  • Activities with large numbers of students should not go ahead unless held outdoors. 
  • When thinking about the size of your indoor activity, it is recommended that the total should not exceed 200 people or a maximum capacity limit based on the maximum number of people who could occupy the space if each person was 1 metre apart (whichever is the smaller). 
  • Students from other schools should not be onsite.  
  • Activities need to meet the requirements for events and gatherings under the framework when onsite and offsite. Workers at indoor events and gatherings are required to wear masks.  
  • These rules will also apply if you are hiring out your facilities.

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Orange  

  • Activities with large numbers of students, if they are to go ahead, should take place in well-ventilated areas or outdoors. 
  • There are no indoor capacity limits. You are strongly encouraged to use allocated seating for large events (such as those with more than 500 people) or apply a maximum capacity limit based on the maximum number of people who could occupy the space if each person was 1 metre apart. 
  • Students from other schools are permitted to be onsite and must follow all health measures.   
  • Workers at indoor events and gatherings are required to wear masks. 
  • The same rules/guidance will also apply if you are hiring out your facilities. 

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Green 

  • No specific requirements for events.  
  • Students from other schools are permitted to be onsite and must follow all health measures.

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Kapa Haka at Red

Curriculum-related 

Curriculum-related kapa haka can go ahead. If you are offsite, you will need to follow the requirements of the venue/provider, in addition to implementing health measures. 

All forms of vocalisation used in kapa haka performance, for example karanga, haka, pao and waiata, carry a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

Because kapa haka often have movement and vocalisation happening at the same time, there is also a higher risk associated with the increase in exhalation or breathing when practicing or performing while moving. 

For these reasons, public health advice is that holding kapa haka activities indoors remains a higher risk for spread of COVID-19. 

As such, wherever possible, performances and rehearsals should be held outdoors. 

Extra-curricular 

While extra-curricular kapa haka activities can go ahead, we continue to discourage non-curriculum related events on school sites. 

If you do decide to hold a kapa haka event on a school site, please refer to our general advice for non-curriculum related events and activities below, and to our Vaccination information page. 

Requirements and recommendations for kapa haka at Red 

  • Avoid sharing equipment. It is recommended that ākonga involved in kapa haka do not share equipment (for example, poi, rākau). If equipment does need to be shared or passed between participants, they must thoroughly wash and dry their hands before and after use. 
  • Maintain physical distance. Kapa haka participants should be physically distanced by at least 1 metre where practicable, and at least 2 metres apart if performing karanga, pao, waiata, or haka or speaking loudly. 
  • Keep groups small. Large numbers of students gathering together should be avoided. The maximum number gathering should be no more than 200. 
  • If indoors, use large spacious rooms. While outdoors is preferred, students can take part in a practice or rehearsal indoors in a defined space. There should be at least 1 metre of space per person for any indoor spaces used (this provides a capacity limit for indoor spaces to prevent overcrowding). 
  • If indoors, use well-ventilated spaces. The best way to ventilate your indoor spaces is by fully opening all windows and doors 
  • Use masks. During kapa haka practice inside and outside, we encourage the use of masks whenever this allows (for example, before and after practice or performing, or when practice or performance is paused). 
  • Stay home if unwell. Ākonga, kaiako and kapa haka leaders or tutors should not participate and stay home if they are feeling unwell (and should seek advice about getting tested for COVID-19). 
  • Limit visitors onsite to only those who are essential. 

Other activities, playing wind instruments and singing

Red 

Activities that involve physical exertion, singing and playing wind instruments, remain a higher risk for spread of COVID-19. 

Current public health advice is that wherever possible, these activities should be held outdoors.  

If you decide to go ahead and hold these types of activities indoors: 

  • It must be in a well-ventilated space. 
  • Use a large spacious room wherever possible. 
  • There should be at least 1 metre of space per person (to determine a capacity limit). 
  • Participants should be physically distanced by at least 1 metre where practicable, and at least 2 metres apart for singing and when using wind instruments. 

Orange and Green 

Practices and rehearsals can go ahead – physical distancing of 1 metre is recommended where practicable especially for higher risk activities such as singing and using wind instruments.  

Vaccine status

Across all settings, you cannot require proof of vaccination from students.  

More information on vaccination, including vaccine status, parents and other adults attending events

More information

Bringing others onsite 

As soon as you bring others onsite who are not receiving or providing education services, including other adults who are not related to any of the students participating, you will need to follow the relevant rules which apply to all events and activities for each traffic light setting. 

Life at Red including events and activities 

Life at Orange including events and activities 

Life at Green including events and activities 

Further guidance for school sport and recreation 

Further guidance for school sport and recreation is available on the SportNZ website. 

COVID-19 Protection Framework - SportNZ