Term 2 of the school year begins today

No one will be in any classrooms today.

The second term of the school year starts today, but nobody is going to class.

Schools are in lockdown along with the rest of the country and more than 800,000 teachers and students are now starting two weeks of remote learning.

The curriculum leader for Year 7-8 at William Colenso College in Napier, Shyna Kesha, says she and other teachers are looking forward to getting back to teaching, even if it was via phone and internet.

"It will be great to see our kids again, I can't actually wait, I can't wait to see what they've been up to.

"Students need their teachers, but teachers need their students as well."

She says the focus will initially be on simply connecting with students.

"Making sure that they are emotionally okay, physically okay and just ensuring that they know that we are available to them.

"It's really important to re-establish those relationships again, especially when our students are coming into a time when they don't have a full understanding of what school might look like."

The Education Ministry says last week it sent 23,664 hard-copy packs of education materials to children in Year 1-10 who attended decile 1-3 schools and it expects to send a further 40,000 this week.

Yesterday, the ministry also sent laptops or chromebook computers to families that did not have one and expects to send at least 5000 this week.

In addition, two educational television channels start broadcasting today.

English-language content will air on TVNZ channel 2+1, TVNZ on Demand, and Sky Channel 502, while Maori Television will broadcast content in te reo Māori.

The channels will run from 9am to 3pm on school days.

-RNZ/John Gerritsen

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