We are supporting the Ministry of Education in their response to Covid-19, which involves providing devices and safe connectivity, where possible, to school-aged children who are without.
Our role is to help children and teachers stay safely connected while they learn and teach at home.
More details of both these initiatives will be coming soon.
In general terms we are setting up safe connectivity for children learning from home and a secure way for teachers to get what they need from their school servers.
We’re providing a safety net for the children’s learning devices. Once the device is set up, all websites the child tries to visit will first pass through this safety net, which blocks the worst of the web. This means websites known to host unsafe software (malware, phishing scams) and inappropriate content (adult sites and gambling) will be blocked.
While this safety net does not provide the same levels of protection as our firewall and filtering services do at schools – it adds a valuable layer of protection against the worst of the web that will benefit our children.
We are setting up a way for teachers to get secure access to their school’s network from home. This will allow them to get what they need from their school servers. This could include access to their student management systems or other files they may need to help their students learn from home and do the administration that goes along with that.
As a Crown company, our role is to support the government as they establish new ways for our children and their teachers to continue learning while schools are closed.
Learning from home is new for many, and we may be asked to do more to support our government, technology and education partners help our tamariki get the best learning opportunities during these unprecedented periods of lockdown and self-isolation.
We are here, and ready to help where and how we are needed.
We’ll be updating our website with further information as it becomes available. Find out more about Remote Access here.