Board of trustees

Can a board close a school if there is an emergency?

A school board of trustees may at any time close a school it administers because of epidemic, flood, fire, or other emergency. If satisfied that the closure was necessary, the Secretary for Education may reduce the number of half days that the school would otherwise have to be open.

Any school facing an emergency of any kind should contact their regional Ministry of Education office for assistance and advice, or the NZSTA helpdesk.

Information on emergency management, planning, and preparedness can be found on the Ministry website.

In a large emergency or Civil Defence event, such as the Christchurch earthquakes, the Ministry of Education plays a strong supporting and co-ordinating role. In that event, where many schools were too damaged to re-open, the Ministry worked with schools in a range of ways, including site-sharing, co-ordination with other agencies and providing good information to schools, parents and communities.

Updated: October 2011

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