Orange Traffic Light

Orange Traffic Light – Covid19 Protection Framework


What does the ORANGE setting look like?

Case Management

Orange Setting health measures are in place from the start of Term 2. Remaining at orange will be highly dependent on the daily number of positive cases affecting staff, students and our school community, as well as MOH/MOE guidelines. At any point in time, we may need to remove/change/add to these measures. For this reason, we ask that all those in our community remain alert.

Cases of Covid19 in our school will continue to be managed carefully. Staff, families and students are expected to keep following current public health guidelines to identify who needs to be isolated and get tested. Paparangi will continue to monitor household contacts and positive case numbers for staff and students so that we are able to respond quickly should an increase in cases occur. All families need to remain on alert for changes to our current protocols/settings which may be made at short notice.

Children with complex health needs

  • Families are encouraged to take extra precautions when leaving home.
  • Parents and teachers work together to put a management plan in place that supports the student’s needs while at school.

Drop-off and pick up at the main entrance 

  • Drop off is from 8.30 am. Please use the main driveway while the shared pathway with the kindy is closed. 
  • Pick up for ALL students is at 3 pm
  • Collect Y1 Uenuku students from classroom patios.
  • Other students may walk home, meet you at the top of the driveway, around the corner or be collected from the courts outside their classrooms.
  • Pick up for unwell students – will be from the school office unless the parent themselves is unwell. In this case, please call the office and one of our staff will bring your child to you at the gate.

Events and Activities

Large gatherings, especially when indoors, continue to be one of the riskier activities we would undertake. We are reviewing our events and activities for the upcoming term to ensure we meet the health guidance for Orange and to explore alternative ways of coming together.

Face Coverings

We are very aware that masks have played a huge role in the success of our response this far due to their effectiveness in reducing the spread of the virus. Although at Orange, face masks are no longer required in schools, public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. 

  • Therefore we will continue to ask that visitors, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.
  • Staff and Y4-6 students are strongly encouraged to wear masks indoors. Masks are not required outdoors. 
  • We ask that Year 4-6 students continue to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask – such as if there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks be worn in classrooms for a specific period of time. 
  • Y1-3 students are not required to wear a mask but may do so if they wish.

Hygiene measures

  • Regular hand washing and cleaning of surfaces and high touch areas.
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Stay at home, if staff or students are unwell. Get tested. Notify the school of a positive test result.
  • Children are encouraged to bring their own water bottle rather than drink from the fountain.
  • If a child becomes unwell at school we will contact parents immediately to collect them.

Managing in an Emergency

  • An emergency may require us to evacuate buildings or move everyone inside. The priority in these situations is keeping staff and students safe from the rising threat. 
  • Ensuring sufficient staff are onsite with first aid experience forms part of our response to an emergency. 
  • Practice drills will operate as a normal per term. 

Rapid antigen testing (RATs) 

  • Use RATs when you have symptoms of Covid19 or are a household contact of someone who has tested positive (Day 3 and Day 7).
  • RATs will be offered to parents of children who become unwell during the school day.

School is open for learning onsite for all students

  • Visitors may enter school grounds, including classrooms. Visitors, including parents and whānau aged 12 and over, are asked to please wear masks and maintain physical distancing guidelines.
  • Visitors sign in at the office in the usual way. No scanning is required and use the sanitiser provided.
  • Indoor spaces will be ventilated by opening doors, windows and vents.
  • Teams use Adventure Zone on rostered days. There are no designated play areas. 

Teaching and Learning

  • Yeah, regular teaching and learning programmes are operating!
  • Hybrid learning is on stand-by and may be used if positive case numbers increase, impacting staff/student ratios. If needed, we may move to online learning for a short period of time if there is a Covid19 outbreak within the school.
  • Students who are household contacts may access hybrid learning at home during their seven day isolation period. 
  • Children who are sick with Covid are not expected to take part in learning until they have recovered and returned to school. 
  • Students who are well and not household contacts are expected to attend school on site.


  • The vaccine mandate ended at midnight on 4 April.
  • Up until 4-4-22, our staff and visiting education workers were fully vaccinated. 
  • Children aged 5-12 are eligible to have a vaccination, but schools are not required to collect information about students’ Covid vaccination status.

Visitors Welcome

  • Visitors and families are able to come onto our school site and are asked to be masked when indoors. We look forward to connecting with our families again over the coming term.
  • Physical distancing is encouraged, even outdoors.
  • We encourage parents to telephone or email any non-urgent requests & to use the school app to send absentee messages.


It will take time to get used to the changes in the Orange Health and Safety plan and we ask for everyone’s support as we all adjust to the new guidelines.

Pandemic Response Team
Updated 9 May 2022