COVID-19 Guidance for school hostels

COVID-19 Guidance for school hostels

Guidance for school hostels while operating.

Infection prevention and control

Hostels need to implement robust infection control measures to minimise the spread of COVID-19. The measures used may vary depending on the risk assessment and context for the hostel at the time. For example, when case numbers are higher in the school community, measures used may include airing out rooms in between use by different groups, using only rooms which are well-ventilated, grouping boarders so that they do not intermingle with other groups, and staggering mealtimes.

Anyone in the hostel who is symptomatic (even if only very mild symptoms) must be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.

Managing cases

Business continuity planning will need to include how to respond to cases whether in staff or boarders.

Boarders and staff living in the hostel who are identified as having COVID-19 should follow Health advice and isolate for five days.

Isolating from others: COVID-19 – Ministry of Health NZ

Anyone from the hostel who is a close contact of the isolating boarder is not required to isolate, but should remain very vigilant for any symptoms and test if required.  

There may be a number of boarders who will need to remain isolating in the hostel as they cannot safely return to their home. Planning must take this into account.
Where boarders isolate at the hostel:

  • They should be separated as much as is practicable from others
  • Boarders can isolate together.

Supporting boarders’ and staff health and wellbeing continues to be a priority.

Guidance for school hostels

The guidance below provides proactive steps that can be taken to ensure the facility is safe for others living there. 

Hostel regulations

Click below for further information and regulations around setting up or running a school hostel. 

Running a hostel — Ministry of Education