Island Bay School’s Planning of Onsite and Distance Learning for COVID-19 - Omicron

Updated: Mar 15

What’s different about 2022?

During 2020 and 2021 schools in New Zealand were closed for specific periods of time under the Government lockdown requirements. Otherwise, they remained open, albeit with some modifications in terms of physical distancing and mask-wearing as required in each context. Essentially, it was a binary choice – schools were either open or closed.


In 2022 the circumstances will change again. Here’s some of what we as a school are currently considering:

  • Throughout 2022 there is a very high likelihood that there will be positive cases of COVID-19 in almost every school community in NZ.

  • This will result in staff and students being unable to attend school in-person for periods of time due to them being (a) a positive case, (b) a family member of a positive case, or (c) a close contact of a positive case.

  • A repeat of nationally or regionally enforced lockdowns causing schools to be closed completely is unlikely under the new traffic light system, however, some schools may have to close for periods of time where there are significant numbers of cases identified among those attending (students and staff).


How could this look? - Scenarios


We know that in 2022 there will continue to be COVID-related changes and we are prepared for many scenarios. It seems likely that in the coming year, two things are likely to impact the way schools plan for what we do:

  • The number of students unable to attend school through having to self-isolate as a result of being exposed to or contracting COVID-19

  • The number of staff unable to attend school through having to self-isolate as a result of being exposed to or contracting COVID-19


*Please note there are other scenarios, for example, one learning area is running under a disrupted system (working remotely as they need to self-isolate) while the rest of the school is business as usual.



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