ASHS Update – Things you need to know about Alert Level 2

ASHS Update – Things you need to know about Alert Level 2

Albany Senior High School
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Things you need to know about Alert Level 2

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We’re looking forward to welcoming all our students and staff back at school on Monday following the return to Alert Level 2. Our health and safety plan is in place as it has been under every alert level, and you can be assured we’ll continue doing everything we can to keep our young people safe.

Schools are open to everyone, and all students must attend

At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained but there is still risk of community transmission. It is safe for young people and staff to attend school as there will be appropriate measures in place, including for children and staff vulnerable to severe illness.

Learning will be onsite with distance learning offered in some circumstances
Distance learning will continue to be provided for those required to self-isolate, those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result, or those choosing to remain at home because they are vulnerable to illness.

Schools are not classified as gatherings and a range of events and activities can go ahead
But we must be able to meet usual health and safety requirements and the specific public health requirements for COVID-19 for Alert Level 2.

Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport
This includes charter buses hired by the school to transport students and staff. Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering in any setting should be supported to do so.

Sick people must stay at home
They should seek medical advice if they have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If that person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 they must self-isolate.

Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:

  • Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)
  • Hand hygiene
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces

We will think and plan carefully, before we go ahead with any activity that brings a large number of students together and/or spectators are involved.
Some events may need to be cancelled or postponed while we remain at Alert Level 2. Inter-regional travel is possible but only where we are confident the appropriate measures will be in place at the host venue, including requirements for gatherings. This will be managed on a case by case basis. 
For more detailed information for Alert Level 2, please refer to our health and safety guidance on our website.

If you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s website has information to help you do that. We’ll also keep a visitor register for anyone who doesn’t have the app, and also for anyone who comes onsite for a period of time. This will help us with contact tracing in the unlikely case it is needed.


I also encourage you to read the ASHS NCEA Information update (if you haven’t already) or you can watch the video here.

Link to the ASHS NCEA Update video: 


And as always, please remember: 

Be kind.

Stay safe.

Stay home (until Monday at least).


We got this team!!


See you on Monday!


Ngā mihi


Claire Amos

Principal | Tumuaki

Albany Senior High School

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