COVID-19 UPDATE 12 NOVEMBER 2020
Kia ora SAE students & staff,
This afternoon, the Ministry of Health announced that there has been a case of community transmission of COVID-19 within the Auckland CBD region.
For information about this case, please visit the COVID-19 government website: https://covid19.govt.nz/updates-and-resources/latest-updates/update-on-covid-19-cases-12-november
As a precaution, Minister Chris Hipkins has requested that anyone living or working within Auckland CBD should stay at home tomorrow where possible.
Given the large number of people that visit SAE each day, and the fact that many of our staff and students live within the Auckland CBD, we are heeding this advice and closing the SAE Auckland campus for Friday 13 November.
I am very aware that this is terrible timing, with many of you handing in final pieces of work and planning public presentations tomorrow. In particular, this is impacting our Level 7 students who had a public exhibition planned for tomorrow afternoon/evening. However, for the health and wellbeing of all staff, students and visitors, we need to close the campus temporarily. The length of this closure will depend on Ministry of Health advice.
Our teaching team will be in touch with students via your Slack channels to discuss specific plans, including where extensions or rescheduling of events may be required. Please be reassured that students will not be penalised in any way due to this closure.
We hope that this latest community outbreak is resolved quickly. We will re-open campus as soon as the Ministry of Health advises that it is safe to do so
In the meantime, please check your Slack channels and reach out to your Course Coordinators directly with any queries you may have about how the campus closure might impact your specific classes or assessment.
Finally, if you are feeling unwell, please seek a COVID-19 test immediately. A number of pop-up COVID testing stations will be available throughout Auckland CBD. For further information, please contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
Stay safe and keep well everyone.
I will be back in touch as soon as we have further information.
Ngā mihi nui,