Schools connected to a confirmed case

Schools connected to a confirmed case

In addition to below guidelines, stay home if you're feeling unwell. If cases remain unwell, they should seek additional health advice.

What cases and contacts need to do in Phase 3

For information about what to do if you are a case or contact, and for information about the support available in the different phases, please visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Response to Omicron - Unite against COVID-19

What to do if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in your school

You will need to get in touch with your regional contact person during business hours to let us know you have a case.

We will need to know if the case is a:

  • student
  • teacher
  • other staff member

Schools no longer need to undertake contact tracing in their schools under Phase 3 of the Omicron response. 

Regional contacts for schools and early learning services connected to a confirmed case

Letter templates

In the event there is a case of COVID-19 in your school, you may wish to use these letter templates.

Return to school after recovering from COVID-19

Go to the COVID website for information. 

Return to school - Unite against COVID-19

Contacts in group accommodation

If there is a case connected with a school hostel, overnight trip, school camp, or when providing home-based care, no one involved would be classified as a household contact.

COVID-19: Information for Household and Close contacts - Ministry of Health

Instead, close contacts of that case may choose to self-isolate but are not required to do so. At a minimum, they should be asked to monitor closely for symptoms for 7 days.

As soon as they become symptomatic, they must isolate and ask to get tested.

Click below for more information about school hostels.

Guidance for school hostels

Overnight trips and camps

  • Anyone who is identified as a confirmed case will be required to isolate for 7 days.
  • Anyone from the overnight trip/camp who is a close contact of that case is not required to isolate. However, as a precaution you may choose to ask them to isolate for a period of time following their last exposure to the case. There is no legal requirement for this to occur. A period of seven days from their last exposure to the case is recommended should they choose to isolate (this assumes they are isolating separately from the case).
  • Anyone in the group, including close contacts of a confirmed case, who is symptomatic (even if only very mild symptoms) must be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.
  • When cases do arise, they can travel back to their homes to isolate. However, public transport cannot be used to do this. Therefore, your trip/camping plan must include how cases will be returned safely to their homes to isolate. If returning home is not possible, then you will need a plan for cases to isolate:
    • they should be separated as much as is practicable from others
    • cases can isolate together
    • close contacts choosing to isolate should be separated as is practicable from others, but they may isolate together
    • close contacts can isolate with the case, but there is an obvious risk of transmission of the virus if sharing the same room while the case is infectious.
  • Supporting the health and wellbeing for all members of the group, including staff and volunteers, continues to be a priority.

The guidance for isolating safely in school hostels provides some very helpful information to support people to isolate safely and can be applied to overnight stays and camps.

Guidance for isolating safely in school hostels