Tertiary and international education at Orange

Tertiary and international education at Orange

Tertiary education will operate normally, and public health measures (for example capacity limits, physical distancing, face masks and ventilation) are strongly recommended. There is community transmission with increasing risk to vulnerable communities and pressure on the health system. Broader public health restrictions are limited to only those needed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure pressure on the health system remains manageable.

Vaccination requirements

There is no Government vaccination requirement for tertiary education premises at any setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

If providers wish to continue with their own vaccine policies or restrictions, they will need ensure these are consistent with an updated workplace health and safety risk assessment and in consideration of their normal responsibilities.

You can find more information at Undertake risk assessments for tertiary education.

Any vaccination requirement put in place by a provider will, however, not apply to school students accessing secondary-tertiary provision (unless this involves workplace-based learning where that workplace is subject to a workforce vaccination requirement, either imposed by government or by the tertiary provider or business themselves).

Certain basic needs services are also exempt from the vaccination requirement.

Other vaccination requirements may apply to certain businesses and services onsite at tertiary education providers.

Remote learning

Where possible, providers are encouraged to make learning options available for those who are unable or unwilling to attend classes being held onsite.

Teaching and learning spaces

Tertiary education providers can choose capacity limits in teaching and learning spaces for Orange and Green, taking into account the community transmission and vaccination rates in their area and other public health requirements they may impose (for example physical distancing, face masks, and ventilation).

Providers should also consider their staff and learner wellbeing and safety systems, plans and goals.

Teaching and learning spaces include spaces for workshops, classes, labs, tutorials, meetings, noho marae, exams and assessments, as well as for orientation and induction activities required in teaching and learning programmes.

Face masks are strongly encouraged, particularly in poorly ventilated indoor areas. Face masks can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by offering protection to both the wearer and the people around them.

Research and related activities can take place if they comply with the general COVID-19 requirements that apply at Orange, the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and relevant WorkSafe regulations. Providers are encouraged to utilise dedicated health and safety risk assessments for each activity, controlled group sizes for onsite work (including in the field), and other public health measures as appropriate (including face masks).

In studios, theatres and other spaces that creative and humanities disciplines use, high-risk activities such as singing should be carefully managed.

Libraries and indoor hubs

Tertiary education providers can choose capacity limits for libraries and indoor hubs for Orange and Green, taking into account the community transmission and vaccination rates in their area and other public health requirements they may impose (for example physical distancing, face masks, and ventilation).

Providers should also consider their staff and learner wellbeing and safety systems, plans and goals.

Face masks are strongly encouraged, particularly in poorly ventilated indoor areas. Face masks can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by offering protection to both the wearer and the people around them.

Workplace-based learning, including apprenticeships, practicums, internships and work placements

Workplace-based learning (including support and assessments) is to be managed subject to the policies, practices and public health control requirements applying to that workplace, including vaccination requirements. Workforce vaccination requirements, including those imposed by the government and by a tertiary provider or business themselves, also apply to secondary school students undertaking formal workplace-based learning, for example, via the Gateway programme. See also secondary-tertiary provision at tertiary sites below.

For students intending to enrol in courses or programmes involving workplace-based learning in workplace settings requiring vaccination, tertiary education providers need to ensure students are aware that vaccination is required for completion.

Secondary-tertiary provision at tertiary sites

School students accessing their secondary learning in a tertiary setting are generally exempt from any My Vaccine Pass requirements that the tertiary provider may choose to put in place. Tertiary education providers should take precautions to protect all their students and staff, as appropriate for each setting. This may include alignment with school guidance.

COVID-19 Protection Framework advice for schools and kura

Other measures could include requiring face masks and keeping class sizes small. 

However, where a secondary student undertakes workplace-based learning as part of their course at the tertiary provider, if workforce vaccination requirements apply for that workforce, then these vaccination requirements take precedence. This includes vaccination mandates imposed by government (e.g., for healthcare workers) and by a tertiary provider or business themselves (based on a workplace health and safety risk assessment). This applies both where the workplace-based element occurs onsite at a tertiary provider or at a business (not onsite at a tertiary provider). In these instances, the secondary student must be vaccinated to participate in that specific programme (or part of the programme that is work-based). 

School students should be made aware of different requirements operating across delivery sites.

Staff working onsite

In Orange and Green, staff can be onsite, subject to their provider’s risk assessment and with relevant public health measures in place. Providers may consider remote working options as part of their risk assessment.

Onsite businesses and services (e.g., retail, hospitality, gyms, health and counselling services, student support)

Businesses and services on tertiary education sites should operate subject to COVID-19 Protection Framework guidelines and rules for the relevant sector (e.g., retail, hospitality, gyms, close contact businesses). In onsite businesses, vaccinations may be required for staff, either as part of a government vaccination mandate (e.g. for health care workers) or as part of that business’ own workplace health and safety policies. Some businesses may also require customers to display a MVP as a condition of entry.

Guidelines for these businesses and services are available on COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) — business.govt.nz.

Onsite settings where vaccine passes cannot be required for access

Vaccine passes cannot be required for access to certain locations, including health and disability services, all licensed early childhood education services and registered schools, dairies, and pharmacies. See the Unite Against COVID website for the full list of vaccine pass prohibited locations.

Unite Against COVID — covid19.govt.nz

Events and gatherings

For guidance on holding events (e.g., graduation, conferences) or gatherings (e.g. social sports), refer to the COVID-19 Protection Framework guidance on events and gatherings at the different traffic light settings.

Details are available on the Events and gatherings guidelines — business.govt.nz.

Record keeping

Tertiary education providers are no longer required to enable people to record their visit (for example through displaying COVID Tracer QR codes). 

However, providers should retain capability to swiftly reinstall COVID Tracer QR codes in case these are required again in future. There is no longer a requirement to offer alternative forms of recordkeeping (for example paper-based).

Student and staff travel

Travel follows the general COVID-19 Protection Framework rules.

Travel - Unite Against COVID-19 — covid19.govt.nz

Student accommodation

There is no Government requirement for residents or staff in tertiary student accommodation to be vaccinated. We suggest that providers undertake a thorough risk assessment of their accommodation and develop clear systems and practices for staff and resident wellbeing and safety at each setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

Providers’ assessments may need to be reviewed and updated as New Zealand progresses through the current COVID-19 outbreak to ensure it remains aligned with current public health guidance.

The public health justification for requiring vaccination is when the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 at work is higher than it is in the community. Tertiary student accommodation providers may also consider other risk factors that are relevant and justifiable in respect of their workplace.

It is important that providers work with their staff, students and their representatives when identifying health and safety risks and how these will be managed.

The tertiary and international Code of Practice requires student accommodation providers to have emergency management plans in place, including plans for supporting residents when it becomes unsafe for them to remain in student accommodation.

Tertiary and international Code — nzqa.govt.nz