At Alert Level 2 COVID-19 is contained but there is a risk of community transmission. It is safe for students and staff to attend the school as there will be appropriate measures in place.

Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre is currently open to NZSD staff, dance tutors, full-time students and scholars. We are not open to visitors at this time.  We ask those providing lifts to staff, students or Scholars to stay in their vehicles at drop-off and pick-up.

Along with the Te Whaea team, we have implemented additional Health & Safety practices in accordance with our COVID-19 Level 2 Safety Plan:


Entry to Te Whaea is via the front door.  You are required to sign-in on VisTab AND scan the Covid Tracer App.  Please remember to sign-out of VisTab when you exit.

Accurate class rolls are more important than ever under Alert Level 2.  Should there be a COVID-19 case in our community, we would be required to pass this information onto the Ministry of Health for the contact tracing process.

If any student will not be attending school on any day, it is crucial that you let us know as soon as possible and by 8.30am at the latest.


  • Additional cleaning of toilets, changing rooms and high use surfaces will take place throughout the day.
  • Provide clear guidelines for students & staff about appropriate hygiene practices being constantly provided & reinforced.
  • Hand sanitiser available and utilised in all studios, the library and other spaces where people meet.  (While this will be provided by Te Whaea and the School, students are welcome to bring their own supply of hand sanitizer if they wish.)
  • Disinfectant is available in all areas of the school for cleaning dance equipment and other surfaces throughout the day.


  • The start of the day will be staggered by half an hour thereby limiting the number of students and staff in the corridor at any one time. This will also help with social distancing of one metre.
  • We ask that no-one use the showers.
  • The water fountains will be closed-off.  Please ensure you bring at least 2 litres of water with you to stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Students arrive in track pants with school uniform underneath. Uniform is required to be worn.
  • Leave Te Whaea promptly after your last class. At the end of your day, change your shoes and get dressed into you street clothes, sign out using the Vistab App, leave Te Whaea and go home. Do NOT wait for your friends to complete their classes.
  • Once home have a shower and wash you dance attire.

It is crucial that all students and staff stay at home if:

  • You are unwell.  Please have a COVID-19 test if appropriate.  If you have had one test, and symptoms persist into the following week, it may be advisable to seek another test. We will send anyone home immediately if they are unwell.
  • If you are waiting the results of a COVID-19 test
  • If you are a close contact of someone with a confirmed diagnosis.  In this case, self-isolate and get tested. 
  • If you have had a COVID-19 test, self-isolate until you have receive a negative result.

Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. However, this is not necessarily practical at all times.  Therefore, a gentle reminder for staff and students to practice common sense:

  • Cough into your elbow, wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap and follow the cleaning and hygiene protocols for the dance studios, pilates studio, physio rooms and Julie’s room.
  • All students and staff are required to wear masks in the pilates studio and common areas shared with Toi Whakaari and others inside Te Whaea.


The Director General of Health encourages all staff and students to wear face coverings.  Staff and students are required to wear masks in all common areas, the pilates studio and the Nola Millar Library.

Masks inside the dance studios or NZSD offices is not mandatory, but strongly recommended.  The individual’s choice to wear or not wear a face-covering in these spaces must be respected. 

Please supply and wear your own masks. There will be disposable masks available in the pilates studio.  Click Here for guidelines on how to use a face mask properly.


  • We ask that you only use your allocated studio.
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap BEFORE you enter your allocated studio
  • You should wear clean, washed dance clothes in the studio each day.
  • Wipe down any equipment in the studio you may need to use with disinfectant before and after you use it
  • All the studios will be thoroughly cleaned daily with an additional clean during the day if a new group of students are to use the room later in the day.
  • Pianists will wipe the piano keys with antibacterial wipes or spray
  • Tutors will wipe the stereo cord and knobs/the barres with the spray and wipes provided
  • Bring your own yoga mat, no exceptions
  • Bring your own towel


  • Please stay at home if you are unwell.
  • Before you come into physiotherapy we will ask you to complete a short COVID-19 questionnaire and to sanitize your hands.
  • Entry will be limited to one student and one treatment provider at a time.
  • The student and the treatment provider will both wear masks.
  • A green marker on the door means you can knock and come in. A red marker on the door means you can knock and then wait outside.
  • There will be no towels or sheets on the bed but you can bring in your own towel.
  • Wiping of the door handle and bed will occur after each treatment session as well as regular wiping down of all horizontal surfaces.
  • There will be 2 triage sessions after morning class and at lunchtime instead of 3 to allow more time for cleaning.
  • Our normal half hour slots will be available.
  • With these simple measures we can all keep safe.


  • The pilates studio will be thoroughly cleaned daily, with additional clean during the day if necessary
  • Wear a mask inside the studio at all times.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water BERFORE you enter the pilates studio
  • Wipe down any equipment required with disinfectant before and after you use it
  • The green reformer is not to be used
  • No more than 3 students in the space at one time (i.e. 3 participants / pilates session with Bea)
  • Keep a distance of 1m apart
  • Keep the door open at all times for maximum ventilation
  • The pilates studio is not to be used for socialising


  • Only students who have an appointment with Julie Routier may access the Student Support room
  • Only one student in the room at a time.
  • The Te Whaea receptionist will open the room for you at the time of your appointment
  • If you do not have a pre-booked appointment, Julie will notify reception to open the room for you.
  • Please wash your hands with soap and warm water before entering the room.


  • Students have access to the Nola Millar library from 13 September
  • Opening hours are 11am – 2pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
  • A maximum of five students in the library at a time with a 2m distancing rule.
  • No meetings, classes or tutorials in the library.
  • The tables are not to be used.
  • The TV/video room is not available for use.