Source: Ministry of Education
What cleaning do I have to do at Alert Level 2?
The only requirement specific to Alert Level 2 is to clean and disinfect surfaces once each day. This requirement is particularly focused towards high-touch surfaces such as door handles, bathroom taps, desk tops, handrails, etc. If surfaces look visibly dirty, they should be cleaned first. It’s best to use a disinfectant that is antiviral and follow instructions. A bleach/water solution will be appropriate for most surfaces.
There is no requirement to clean surfaces between uses by different groups, or to clean playground equipment. It is suggested that other shared equipment is cleaned regularly but, again, there is no requirement to undertake cleaning between each use by different groups or individuals.
Washing hands before and after using shared equipment including playground equipment remains a priority. Many school playgrounds will be accessible out of school hours and unable to be monitored for contact tracing. Ensuring students wash and dry their hands before and after use will help mitigate any possible risk from others using the equipment eg in the weekend.
Here’s more information about cleaning surfaces by Siouxsie Wiles - thespinoff.co.nz
Can we run food technology classes?
These classes are able to go ahead with appropriate food safety practices in place, coupled with adherence to the public health measures required for schools including hand hygiene, staying away if sick, cough/sneeze etiquette and physical distancing (not touching and having some breathing room). Where possible, a 1 metre distance is recommended particularly for adults. A reminder that you can share equipment at Alert Level 2 but it should be regularly cleaned (daily as per above is fine).
Food Standards Australia New Zealand has useful information about food safety.
The Ministry for Primary Industries has provided some guidance that may also assist you when reviewing your food handling practices – MPI Food Handling. Food Standards Australia New Zealand also has useful information about cleaning and sanitising more generally.
In these circumstances, where the appropriate food handling and other health measures have been followed, students will be able to eat the food they have made. However, this should be served as individual portions rather than sharing off a communal dish for example. Students and staff should use their own cutlery, crockery or drink container.