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Student COVID-19 Update - 22 September 2020

Student COVID-19 Update - 31 August 2020

Student COVID-19 Update - 24 August 2020

Student COVID-19 Update - 17 August 2020

Student COVID-19 Update - 15 August 2020

Student COVID-19 Update - 12 August 2020

 

 

Student COVID-19 Update - 22 September 2020 

Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 with no extra restrictions at midnight on Wednesday 23 September. The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1.  

As we move through the Alert Levels, it’s important that we continue the good practices we’ve put in place.  

Remember to:  

  • Stay at home if you’re unwell. If you have symptoms, please contact Healthline or your GP. 
  • Maintain good hygiene practices, including washing hands regularly or using hand sanitiser, and coughing or sneezing into your elbow. 
  • Be at one campus only in one day. As a general rule, there should be no travelling between campuses within the same day. 
  • Sign-in to campus when you arrive.  

Face coverings  

You must wear a face covering when travelling into, from or through Auckland on public transport or aircraft. We also recommend that you wear a face covering:  

  • On our Porirua, Petone and Wellington campus buses. 
  • On public transport.  

If you’d like to wear a face covering on campus, you can. It is a personal choice.  

Single-use face masks must be disposed of safely, so please dispose of your used masks in the labelled waste bins located at campus entry points.  

Support     

We’re here to support you and ensure you can continue your study. Please reach out to your tutor or our support services if you need assistance. You can also contact Learner Support Services on 0800 141 121 or email us at lss@wandw.ac.nz  

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Student COVID-19 Update - 31 August 2020

From Monday 31 August, masks or face coverings are to be used on our campus buses.   

  • Using a mask or face covering, and maintaining physical distance, is about keeping us all safe.  
  • From Monday 31 August, in line with Government, we ask that you use a mask or face covering on the Whitireia and WelTec campus buses.  
  • You’ll need to provide your own mask or face covering.   
  • You can make your own, or use another kind of covering, like a scarf or t-shirt.  
  • If you need help to find a mask or face covering, please contact our Learner Support Services

Remember, single-use face masks must be disposed of safely.  Please dispose of your used masks in the labelled waste bins located at campus entry points.  

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Student COVID-19 Update – 24 August 2020 

The Prime Minister has confirmed that Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3 until midnight on Sunday 30 August, then step into Alert Level 2. The rest of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2. Government will review these Alert Level settings before Sunday 6 September.

This means:

  • Our Auckland campus remains closed, with staff and students working remotely for the rest of this week.
  • Our Petone, Porirua and Wellington-based students can come to campus as usual, unless you’re unwell. Compulsory contact tracing is in place.
  • We’ll continue to provide updates, so please check Moodle regularly.

We’re here to ensure you have the support you need to continue your study. Please reach out to your tutor or our learner support services if you need assistance. 

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Student COVID-19 Update - 17 August 2020

Our priority is keeping students and staff safe and ensuring our students can continue their study.   

We will be putting up the Government’s COVID-19 QR code posters around our campuses so that we are part of the wider initiative to use the Government’s app.    

However, it is essential that we also still sign-in to our own institutes’ COVID-19 tracing system, as we must be able to provide information about who has been at our campuses for contact tracing purposes (more detail about this below).  

And, as before, be at one-campus only in one day. There should be no travelling between campuses within the same day.  

Our classroom and laboratory/studio spaces have been reviewed to ensure physical spacing, we have stepped-up our cleaning, and have hand-sanitiser in place.  

There has been a lot of misinformation spreading online. Please rely on official Government advice and be kind to each other. Like last time, we have a zero-tolerance for misinformation or COVID-19 jokes from students.   

Contact tracing   

All students and staff, when you come onto campus, must: 

  • Sign-in to the Government’s COVID-19 QR code, placed around our campuses 
  • ALSO, sign-in to our own institutes’ COVID-19 contact tracing system using the posters around campus, or use the manual sign-in process at our reception areas  

This is important. The Government requires polytechnics to be able to provide, at any point in time, a list of people who have attended each class and campus.  

Masks  

Official advice for those living in the Auckland region, at Alert Level 3, is that it’s highly recommended you wear a mask or face covering when outside the home. At Alert Level 2, you should wear face coverings where physical distancing is not possible, like on public transport or in shops.  

We’ve had queries about mask use at our Wellington campuses during Alert Level 2. If students wish to wear masks on campus, you may do so. It is a personal choice.  

More information on masks:

What to do if you are unwell or have a COVID-19 test  

  • For our Wellington students: if you’re unwell, please stay at home
  • You may wish to study from home if you’re well enough to do so 

If you have a COVID-19 test, please:  

  • Self-isolate at home until you have a test result 
  • Tell your tutor as soon as you’re tested 
  • Do not return to class until you’ve had a negative test result and are symptom-free  

Support   

Our priority is ensuring that you can continue your study and have the support you need. So please reach out to your tutor or our support services if you need assistance. You can also contact Learner Support Services on 0800 141 121 or email us at lss@wandw.ac.nz  

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Student COVID-19 Update - 15 August 2020

The Prime Minister has advised that Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3, and the rest of the country at Alert Level 2, until midnight on Wednesday 26 August. 

 For us, this means:

  • Our Auckland campus remains closed. Our Schools will confirm plans for how to continue teaching classes remotely and will be in touch with students.
  • Our Wellington campuses continue to operate at Alert Level 2 with compulsory contact tracing, and some amendments to class timetables where needed to ensure physical distancing. Where there are timetable changes, Programme Managers are contacting students directly.   

 Thank you for working with us as we have moved swiftly to these new Alert Levels. 

 Please remember:

  • Stay home if you’re unwell
  • If you have symptoms, please contact Healthline or your GP
  • When on campus, please sign-in using our Covid-19 tracing app
  • Practice good hygiene including washing hands regularly, sneezing into your elbow and using hand sanitiser
  • Read our FAQs

Our priority is ensuring that you can continue your study and have the support you need. So please reach out to your tutor or our support services if you need assistance. You can also contact Learner Support Services on 0800 141 121 or email lss@wandw.ac.nz 

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Student COVID-19 Update - 12 August 2020

The Prime Minister and Director-General of Health have advised that there have been four cases of Covid-19, in one family, in Auckland that is unconnected with international travel. On that basis, Auckland is moving to Alert Level 3, and the rest of the country to Alert Level 2, at midday today (12 August). This will last for three days, although we need to plan for it to be extended.  

Our Auckland campus is closed as of this morning. Auckland students should not come to campus until we confirm that the campus is reopened. Tutors are contacting students directly with many classes running remotely today or tomorrow. 

For our Wellington-based students, please come to classes as usual, unless you’re unwell. We need to practice social distancing, good hygiene and use masks where it is not possible to social distance (eg on public transport). Please download the COVID tracker app and start using it, if you’re not already.  

We will provide more information later today and in the coming days about our plans for running classes, both in Auckland and Wellington, so please check Moodle regularly. 

We have some very good plans that we used last time, so I’m confident we can transition to the higher alert levels seamlessly.  

Our priority is ensuring that you can continue your study and have the support you need. So please reach out to your tutor or our support services if you need assistance.  

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