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EMAIL | COVID-19 Alert Level 2: How to protect yourself and others

The Government has this afternoon confirmed that COVID-19 Alert Level 2 will continue for Aotearoa New Zealand until 11.59pm on Monday 21 September, pending cabinet confirmation earlier on Monday.

We anticipated this outcome, so there will be no change to the guidelines already in place for Term 4. To remind yourself of what this means for UC, follow this link>

Minimising risk to you, our staff and UC whānau remains our primary focus. Here are just four things you can do to ensure you’re best protecting yourself and others while you’re on campus:  

  1. Prioritise contact tracing

Please use the Government’s NZ COVID Tracer app, or your Canterbury Card, to scan into every building and lecture theatre you enter on campus. Download the NZ COVID Tracer app now.

There are QR codes inside lecture theatres and other spaces, so there is no need to crowd around entrance ways – maintain physical distancing as you enter venues, and scan the code/s once inside.

  1. Physical distancing and designated seating

Room capacities are limited to ensure physical distancing and stickers are being used to indicate where to sit. If there isn’t a seat for you in a lecture theatre then you will be unable to stay in the lecture, and will need to watch the lecture online.

A physical distance of 1 metre should be maintained at all times. The 1m rule is being strictly enforced in the library and numbers in the Central Library are limited to 700 to help with this.

You should not be asked to ignore this guideline in any situation, if you have any concerns about this, email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

  1. Face coverings

Anyone attending lectures or other classes including labs, tutorials and workshops in person are expected to wear a face covering.

Face coverings help to protect you and others when you are unable to maintain physical distancing, by stopping droplets from spreading when you speak, laugh, cough or sneeze. Information on how to make a DIY face covering can be found here>

Face coverings do not need to be worn by people with a disability or physical or mental health condition which makes it difficult to wear a face covering. Check out this video from the UCSA Exec team for more: https://youtu.be/9X1qXn4qJiY

  1. Maintain good hygiene
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue
  • Put used tissues into the bin or a bag immediately after use
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Look at scientific facts, not hype and,
  • If you’re sick, please don’t come to campus.

For more information, visit UC’s COVID-19 webpage and if you have any questions or concerns, email UCprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

Look after yourselves and each other.

Have your say on online learning during lockdown

UC Students: We want to hear about your perspectives and experiences of studying online during COVID 19.

This is part of a cross-institutional research project (including the University of Canterbury) exploring the challenges and opportunities experienced by students during lockdown.

Please take a few minutes to complete the online questionnaire by clicking on this link or scanning the QR code.

Share with your friends across NZ Universities.

QR code
https://tinyurl.com/ybx4q4v4

Further information, including ethics approval, consent, and researcher details are at the start of the questionnaire.

 

On Campus in Term 4 – COVID-19 Alert Level 2 extended

Today the Prime Minister confirmed that Aotearoa New Zealand will remain in Alert Level 2 until at least 11.59pm on Wednesday 16 September, with a review taking place on Monday 14 September.

As we head into Term 4, our focus is on minimising risks to you, our staff and the UC whānau, while continuing to provide great learning opportunities both online, and on campus.

What this means for UC is outlined below, and we will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.  

  • Lectures will be offered both on-campus (with physical distancing) and online (live or recorded) for the remainder of the year.
    • On-campus lectures will run for most courses, please check Learn and MyTimetable for any updates.
    • Room capacities will be limited to ensure physical distancing (about 50%) and stickers will be used to indicate where to sit.
    • If there are no seats available, you will not be able to stay in the lecture theatre and will need to watch the lecture online.
  • If you attend lectures or other classes including labs, tutorials, workshops in person you are expected to wear a face covering. This helps stop droplets spreading when you speak, laugh, cough or sneeze. #coverforeachother
  • You need to bring your own face covering and you’ll find information on how to make a DIY face covering can be found here>
  • Face coverings do not need to be worn by people with a disability or physical or mental health condition which makes it difficult to wear a face covering. Lecturers may also remove face coverings to ensure clarity for live and recorded lectures.
  • Further information regarding the Examination Timetable will be released mid-September.
  • You will need to scan the NZ COVID Tracer app as you move around campus. Download the NZ COVID Tracer app now.
  • There will be many QR codes available for scanning inside lecture theatres and other spaces to prevent unnecessary crowding around the entrance ways, while maintaining physical distancing.
  • You will see signage around campus reminding us that ‘COVID loves crowds’, please be mindful of maintaining physical distancing, following signage and if you are sick, please don’t come to campus.
  • Libraries and common spaces remain open with restrictions in place, click here for more information.
  • All student care teams are available visit canterbury.ac.nz/support/health/
  • Check out the UCSA’s video below!

Should we revert to Alert Level 3 or 4, lectures will be online only. We will be in touch with more information should this happen. Follow this link for more on what UC is doing to manage COVID-19>

Keep yourself safe – maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering, keep track of where you’ve been, wash your hands and stay home if you are sick.

We look forward to seeing you back on campus from Monday.

Check out this message from the UCSA Exec. 
Make a DIY face covering>