MoE Update – 21 March 2020

Information supplied from Ministry of Education on Saturday 21 March 2020.

With the announcement that New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact for COVID-19, people over 70 years of age and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions (see below) are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel.                             

This applies also to all staff, children and young people in schools and early learning services who have compromised immunity or are over 70 years of age.

High risk individuals

While the majority of people who are confirmed with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms, some individuals are at risk of more severe symptoms.

Older people, particularly those with pre-existing health problems, are more likely to get severe illness and are therefore considered at high risk. High risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:

  • a compromised immune system
  • liver disease
  • cancer
  • kidney disease
  • heart disease
  • diabetes mellitus

Further information is available at:


Funding for early learning services

Please refer to our funding information regarding absence funding for children –