Alert Level 3 Bulletin
Previous Alert Level 3 advice was published in the School Bulletin on 1 May 2020.
We encourage schools and Secondary Tertiary Programme Lead Providers to ensure they have clear processes in place to communicate with each other, so that schools and providers are best able to support students at this time.
Alternative learning options
As a part of preparation for delivering students’ education online, we advise that the school’s Gateway Coordinator put in place alternative learning options for these students. For example, the Gateway Coordinator should provide the affected students with additional theory material to complete until they are able to go back to the workplace.
Secondary Tertiary Programme Lead Providers should also provide online alternative learning options for students and consider restructured learning plans where possible in the event the alert Level declines later this year.
The Ministry is also looking at ways we can support schools and Secondary Tertiary Programme Lead Providers to deliver alternate learning options.
Further information and resources regarding distance learning are available at the Learning from home website and the Kauwhata Reo website.
During the announcement at 1:30pm on Tuesday 23 March, Minister Hipkins announced that Parliament would seek a supply bill to allow funding to continue to flow to all providers and that there would be no funding returns required for non-attendance or failure to meet benchmarks.
Secondary Tertiary Programmes will continue to be funded where a student remains enrolled in the course, even if the tertiary component part of the course is postponed till later in the year (as it would be for block course learning as an example).
If School Lead Providers or schools have any concerns with their Secondary Tertiary Programme/Trades Academy funding and delivery they should contact Trades.Academy@education.govt.nz. Tertiary Lead Providers with similar concerns should contact their TEC Relationship Manager or Advisor.
Schools with concerns around Gateway should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ministry will provide further national advice in due course. This advice will include support that can be provided to students.
The advice provided above can also be applied to Secondary-Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) courses, where participation and courses offered are determined by the school directly.