COVID-19 UPDATE 12 AUGUST 2020

Kia ora SAE students 

Last night, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the Auckland region will be moving to Alert Level 3 for 3 days, as of midday today until midnight Friday. These 3 days are to allow officials to investigate 4 cases of potential community transmission of COVID-19 within Auckland. 

Under Alert Level 3, our SAE Auckland campus is closed, effective immediately. This includes all our facilities, including our studios. Students and staff should stay home and must not return to campus over this period. 

I’m very aware that this is our final week of Trimester 2 and many of you will have final classes and assignments to submit over these next 3 days. As much as possible, we will continue to work online so that we minimise any disruption to your studies. Your Course Coordinator/HoD will post messages within your Slack channel regarding how these 3 days will impact your classes and/or assignment submission. Please regularly check Slack, as well as your email. 

This swift move back into lockdown for the Auckland region aims to quickly stamp out any community transmission of COVID-19, but that largely depends on all of us. I implore you to follow the advice of the Ministry of Health, that is to stay home and, if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, to get tested. For further information, please visit https://covid19.govt.nz/.

Finally, returning to lockdown - albeit hopefully for just a brief period - is disappointing, particularly after having recently celebrated 100 days of no community transmission. It is quite normal to feel anxious and shocked by this turn of events and I encourage you to reach out for support if needed. Alex Harter, our Student Support Officer, is reopening our Student Support zoom room from today, 12-2pm daily. The zoom link is in the Student Support slack channel. Please contact Alex if you have any concerns. He can help you access professional counselling if needed, a confidential service paid for by SAE.   

I will be back in touch with you as soon as we have further information. But for now, stay home and stay safe. Hopefully this lockdown will be brief and we’ll all be able to return to our SAE campus very soon. 

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached on email, or for urgent matters over mobile 027 669-3119. 

Arohanui

Suzette 

Campus Director
SAE AUCKLAND