22 March 2020
Update for schools and early learning services: ERO to suspend visits
To take pressure off schools and early learning services as you deal with the impacts of COVID-19, to eliminate any risk of transmission, and as a consequence of the limitation on non-essential travel that the Prime Minister announced yesterday ERO has suspended all visits to schools and centres for the time being.
Essentially this means that, for the foreseeable future, we will not be able to undertake normal ERO reviews.
If your school or service has a review scheduled in the next couple of months ERO will contact you to understand your circumstances and needs. We may undertake some preliminary work, but this will be with your support and done remotely.
The situation continues to be very fluid, so if there are future changes we will let you know.
Please talk to your local ERO office if you have concerns, questions or suggestions.
The Ministry of Education COVID-19 webpage is the best source of advice if you work, or have children in, education and have questions about COVID-19.
There is also a dedicated New Zealand Government COVID-19 website which has links to all agencies providing advice about COVID-19.
If you are concerned that you or someone in your family may have contracted COVID-19, please contact the free dedicated hotline at 0800 358 5453.