COVID-19 UPDATE 14 SEPTEMBER 2020
Kia ora koutou
Today, the government reviewed the COVID-19 Alert Levels and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the current Alert Levels will remain in place for at least one more week. That means, Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) will remain at Alert Level 2.5 and the rest of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2. The government will re-consider Alert Levels again next Monday 21 Sept. Should a shift in Alert Level be announced, the earliest that this would occur would be midnight, Wednesday 23 Sept.
That means, for the meantime, we will continue as we are at SAE Auckland with a mix of online and on-campus classes. Keeping some classes online, means those on campus are able to spread out and ensure we are maintaining physical distancing. But we also want to ensure you have access to our studios, equipment and labs as much as possible. So, as a reminder, the key principles of Alert Level ‘2.5’ include:
Stay home if you are sick and seek medical advice if required
Sign in each day through scanning the COVID-19 app upon entry or via our manual contact tracing register
Maintain physical distancing of 1 metre
Maintain good hand hygiene
All staff and students are encouraged to wear masks whilst on campus, and in particular when in areas of close proximity such as our studios
All staff and students at high risk of COVID-19 should stay at home
Classes are held both on campus and online, ensuring that all students have at least one class on campus per week
Studios are fully open, 8am-10pm Monday to Sunday
Film equipment can be booked and taken off campus as per normal.
As always, keep a close eye on your Slack channel, as well as your Axis timetable, where the latest information will be posted.
Should the government move Alert Levels next week, we will review our protocols and, if needed, update accordingly. Our aim is, of course, to get all students back on campus as much and as soon as possible. However, we need to await a full return to Alert Level 1 before that can happen.
I’ve been so impressed with the commitment and attitude you’ve all taken through this tough year and encourage you to ‘stay the course’ as we move through Trimester 3. Keep being safe, kind and mindful of yourself and others. And please, reach out for support at any time through our fabulous Student Support team. You are also welcome to contact me directly.
Keep safe everyone. He waka eke noa – we are all in this together!
Ngā mihi nui,