COVID-19 Protection Framework
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As a member of Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ) we follow their guidance in working with the Covid-19 Protection Framework. This is updated regularly.
What does it mean for EOTC and Auckland Sea Kayaks?
Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) and Outdoor Education (OE) are hugely valuable
components of an authentic rich curriculum. It’s great that schools can offer students and staff
opportunities to reconnect with each other, have rich learning experiences, and enjoy the benefits
of being in nature.
Units of work or programmes that involve time away from school or in the outdoors can continue if
The guidance below helps highlight how these requirements relate to EOTC and OE.
The key controls for schools and all workplaces are:
• ensure people with COVID-19 symptoms or feel generally unwell stay away from school and
• wear masks
• maintain physical distancing
• enable good hygiene practices
• ensure good ventilation (open doors and windows)
• keep track of people that enter your school
• ensuring that all school staff, contractors (employed directly by the school), and volunteers
comply with the mandatory vaccination and mask requirements.
Key considerations for EOTC and OE
Those unwell stay home
• School staff are to observe students before leaving on EOTC events, checking for symptoms,
and asking those presenting as unwell to go home.
• There is no physical distancing requirement between group members, only between groups.
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• Physical distancing from members of the public should be maintained at 2 metres. Some
examples where maintaining physical distance is difficult but must be appropriately
o narrow public walking tracks
o inside venues where members of the public are present
o exiting a bus in the city
o entrance ways to public buildings such as libraries and museums
o mountain biking, when gathering at trail heads or sections of a trail.
• In situations where physical distancing is not ideal, extra emphasis on hand washing and
drying (or cleansing with hand sanitiser) before and after activities.
• Air out rooms between use by different groups or only use rooms which are well-ventilated
• Open windows and doors whenever possible
• Work outside whenever practical.
Good hygiene practices
• Coughing into their elbow
• Trying to avoid touching their faces
• Hand washing and drying
• Regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces (e.g., minivan door handle).
• Exercise caution with common touch points (e.g., gates or doors) and wash or sanitise hands
after touching these surfaces.
• Ensure these touch points are regularly cleaned or consider if they can be minimised (e.g.,
door latched open).
• Playgrounds (including in public parks) can be used, with an emphasis on hand washing and
drying (or cleansing with hand sanitiser) before and after use. Consider strategies to
• Shared supplies and equipment can be used if students and staff are undertaking regular hand
washing and stay away if sick. Where practical, equipment should be regularly cleaned.
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• If you provide any school clothing (such as waterproof jackets or thermals) these should only
be used by the student they are allocated to during the activity and, washed and dried
• Students and staff should wash and dry their hands or use hand sanitiser before and after
using playground equipment or equipment/gear.
• Activities such as exercising, singing, dancing and shouting are considered higher-risk and
should be done outdoors wherever possible. For singing there should be at least 2 metres
• Keep a record of each vehicle used and the students and staff that travelled in it, to enable
• Have hand sanitiser available for each student to use as they board the vehicle.
• Masks are required for all students aged 8 or older or are in Year 4 and above on public and
school transport (including school vans).
• Volunteers or staff transporting students who are not their own children in private vehicles
are required to wear masks.
• Masks must be worn when indoors by students in Years 4 and above, and all staff providing
or supporting their education. Masks are not required by staff or students for Years 1 to 3 or
for students/staff that have exemptions.
• Masks are required (students in Years 4 and above, and all staff providing or supporting their
education) when visiting indoor locations that are open to the public while you are there
such as libraries, museums, and shops.
• Consider the use of masks when working in proximity outdoors, where this is practical.
• The use of medical-grade masks is mandated for staff and volunteers (unless they are
exempt for mask wearing) and recommended for students.
• See the Transport section above for mask requirements in vehicles.
Along with your usual risk management approach for EOTC or OE activities you will need to consider:
Should our school permit overnight experiences e.g., multi or overnight camps at managed
facilities, tenting at public conservation land?
Overnight camps offered by external providers can go ahead. You need to work closely with the
provider to ensure all the health and safety requirements are agreed upon, including how they are
meeting the required public health measures.
Longer and overnight tramping is permitted, although these should still be easy trips within your
group’s ability and to places you’ve been before. Tents are allowed.
Can we go tenting?
Yes, you can use tents. However, you should consider strategies to reduce the risk of sharing a tent
overnight, such as reducing the number of students per tent to allow more space per student (trying
to avoid breathing in each other’s faces), top and tailing sleeping positions can help. Careful health
checking pre camp will also help reduce the risk.
The emphasis should be on good hygiene, including hand washing or sanitising hands and leaving
the tent if you need to cough or sneeze (or using your elbow). Tents should be aired out if possible
between groups. Records should be kept of which tent each student was in.