Covid update (9 Sep) - New Protocols

8 September 2021

Kia ora

We hope you are all well as Northland moves into Alert Level 2. We are looking forward to opening our campuses again on Monday, and resuming face-to-face teaching where it is safe and practical to do so.

Our Auckland campus will remain closed while the region is still in Alert Level 4, with remote delivery continuing, but our Auckland whānau remain in our thoughts.

Continuing with remote delivery across NorthTec for this week has gives us all time to prepare for working and studying under Delta Level 2 conditions. We thank your for your patience.

We have now received guidance from the Ministry of Education about the regulations for tertiary education under Delta Level 2. When we return to campus, the following will apply:

  • Anyone with Covid-like symptoms must not come to campus and must get tested and receive a negative result before returning.

  • All students, staff and visitors must scan in using the contact tracer app, or sign an attendance register.

  • Class sizes will be limited by the ability to meet physical distancing requirements.

  • Gatherings that are considered not to be education-related are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.

  • Physical distancing of 1 metre or more must be observed within teaching spaces, and 2 metres in public areas.

  • Students and staff must wear face masks on campus at all times (except when eating and drinking). This decision has been made in order to protect everyone, including our whānau and vulnerable and elderly people in our homes and communities. NorthTec will do all we can to support students who cannot wear masks to continue studying remotely.

  • Masks will also be compulsory if travelling in NorthTec vans or fleet vehicles with passengers, and physical distancing must be maintained.

  • Students and staff who are considered to be at higher risk of becoming severely ill with Covid-19 are not required to return to campus if not fully vaccinated. ‘Fully vaccinated’ means that you have had your second vaccination at least two weeks before returning to campus. To work out if you are in the higher risk category, go to the Ministry of Health website.

  • If you believe you are in this category please contact your tutor to discuss options for continuing to learn remotely.

  • If you have questions about Covid vaccination or whether you are considered to be in the high-risk category, you can contact the Student Health Centre via health@northtec.ac.nz or 027 246 0269 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm) and/or contact your GP or other healthcare provider.

  • Overnight noho marae will not be permitted at Alert Level 2, due to the increased risk of transmission of Covid-19 with cumulative exposure time.

When we return to campus, classes, lectures and workshops will need to be managed so that we’re able to maintain physical distancing measures. This may involve some different arrangements than before lockdown, so please bear with us as we all work out our “new normal”. Please be patient, please be kind and remember that all measures being put in place are to keep everybody safe and help make sure that we continue moving down through the Alert Levels.

Again, we look forward to seeing you back in class next week, and we continue to think of our students and staff in Auckland.

Ngā mihi

Emergency Management Group