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EMAIL | UC Information on the move to Alert Level 1

Today the Government announced that the majority of Aotearoa New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 effective from 11.59pm tonight and Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm, Wednesday 23 September.

A move to Alert Level 1 means there are no restrictions on our daily routines, but our borders will remain closed.

This is welcome news as we get closer to the end of the academic year and examinations. This year has been challenging and it will be important to continue encouraging students to focus on their wellbeing, learning and final examinations, while looking after your own wellbeing, to ensure a strong finish to this year.

In Term 4 all face-to-face lectures, tutorials and labs will resume, and you will need to continue providing online (live or recorded) lessons and course materials. You will still see seat stickers in lecture theatres, but at Level 1 they do not need to be abided by. You will be advised if the situation changes.

Even though there are no restrictions at Alert Level 1 it is important to remember COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, and we recommend you continue to follow general advice to ensure we are keeping ourselves and our UC community safe.

  • Face coverings help keep you and others safe. Continuing good habits with face coverings will keep you and others safe, even at Alert Level 1 when it’s no longer compulsory.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell. This is the best thing you can do to stop any future spread of COVID-19. If you have cold or flu symptoms please call your GP or Healthline (0800 358 5453).
  • Location trackingis still important at Alert Level 1, the Government’s advice is that fast and effective contact tracing helps to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand. When you are on campus, please keep note of where you’ve been, and use the NZ COVID Tracer app to scan QR codes or scan your Canterbury Card.
  • Focus on your hygieneby washing your hands frequently. Sneeze or cough into your elbow, and remain vigilant with cleaning.
  • Remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate.Please be compassionate and kind, we are in this together.

The email sent to students today is available here.

Follow this link for more on what UC is doing to manage COVID-19 and if you have any questions about the future direction of the University, email ucahead@canterbury.ac.nz

EMAIL | COVID-19 Alert Level 2: Protecting 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 students 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.
QR codes are plentiful inside lecture theatres and other spaces, so please encourage students not to crowd entrance ways and maintain physical distancing as they enter venues, and scan the code/s once inside.

  1. Physical distancing and designated seating

Room capacities will be limited to ensure physical distancing and stickers will be used to show where to sit.

A physical distance of 1m should be maintained at all times.

In no situation should students be asked to ignore physical distancing guidelines. If you have any concerns about this, email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

  1. Face coverings

You play a vital role in encouraging students to wear a face covering while in lectures and other teaching situations, and are expected to wear one – you are not however expected to enforce the wearing of face coverings.

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.

See the email sent to students today here

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

On campus in Term 4 – Alert Level 2

UC has been operating at Alert Level 2 for a few weeks now. On Monday students will return to campus for Term 4. Here is a reminder of how UC operates at Alert Level 2 and what the key principles are.

Teaching and learning

  • Lectures will be online and on-campus from Monday 7 September
  • Check your LEARN site for changes.
  • Labs and small specialist classes under 100 will continue with physical distancing, if possible.
  • Tests will go ahead with physical distancing.
  • Assessments due during this period will not change.

Libraries and common spaces will remain open with the following restrictions

  • The 1 metre physical distancing rule will be strictly enforced in the library.
  • The Central library will be limited to 700. Everyone entering the library must scan the QR code provided and use their Canterbury Card.
  • The Rec Centre will remain open with reduced class sizes. Book your place via the app.
  • Cafes and food outlets remain open with physical distancing.

Location tracking

  • UC is required by the Government to implement processes for location tracking so data can be logged and used for contact tracing if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus.
  • All students and staff will be required to scan either your Canterbury Card or the government app QR code with your mobile phone when entering buildings and spaces around campus.

Health and wellbeing

  • The Health Centre will continue to provide services. Phone prior to appointment, no walk-ins.
  • All student care teams are available to provide support.
  • Please speak to your manager about working from home, if required.

The key principles for Alert Level 2 are to:

  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Physical distance where possible.
  • Consider wearing a mask in places where you can’t physically distance.
  • Track your location via the government app, NZ COVID tracer.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.

For more information visit UC’s webpage on COVID-19 Information or if you have any questions email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

Remember, if you are sick do not come to the campus – play it safe and please stay home.

 

Email | Staying at Alert Level 2 – what you need to know

Kia ora koutou students and staff,

The Prime Minister has tonight extended the alert levels for 12 more days – Auckland will stay at Alert Level 3 and the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand will stay at Alert Level 2 until 11.59pm Wednesday 26 August.

This is good news for us, I encourage all students and staff to continue to focus on teaching and learning. We’ve got a week to go until classes finish, so we’re nearly there.

What this means for UC is outlined below and we will continue to keep you updated as more information is made available. Send any questions to ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

UC campus and student accommodation will remain open.

Teaching and learning

  • Learn sites are the main place for updates and detailed course information.
  • Lectures will continue online.
  • Labs and small specialist classes under 100 people will continue with physical distancing. In some circumstances face coverings may be required. If this is the case we can provide coverings to any students who haven’t brought their own.
  • Tests will go ahead with physical distancing.
  • Assessments due during this period will not change.
  • Application forms for special consideration for COVID-19 reasons can be found here.

Libraries and common spaces will remain open with the following restrictions

  • The 1 metre physical distancing rule will be strictly enforced in the Central Library and access will be limited to 700 people.
  • Everyone entering the library must scan the COVID QR code on display and scan their Canterbury Card (to enable us to track numbers).
  • The RecCentre will remain open with reduced class sizes. Book your place via the RecCentre app.
  • Cafes and food outlets remain open with physical distancing.
  • Additional cleaning of UC premises has commenced again at Alert Level 2.

Location tracking

  • UC is required by the Government to implement processes for location tracking so contact tracing can take place if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in our community.
  • You are required to scan either your Canterbury Card or the government app QR codes on display with your mobile phone when entering buildings and spaces around campus.

Health and wellbeing

  • All student care teams are available visit https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/health/
  • Please call the Health Centre prior to your appointment. The Health Centre will not take walk-in appointments.
  • The At Risk Student Register has been reactivated to students to update their details.
  • Staff, if you need to work from home for health reasons, please discuss this with your manager.

The key principles for Alert Level 2 are to:

  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Physical distance where possible.
  • Consider wearing a face covering in places where you can’t physically distance.
  • Track your location via the government app, NZ COVID tracer.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call Healthline 0800 611 116 and get advice about being tested.

More information

Visit UC’s COVID webpage for information about cleaning on campus, risk registers, wearing face coverings and financial support.

We have done this before, and we will get through this together. Kia kaha.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

Email | UC moves teaching online from midday 12 August until midnight 14 August

Kia ora koutou students and staff,

The Prime Minister has announced that Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 and the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2 at 12pm on Wednesday 12 August until midnight Friday 14 August.

UC campus will remain open.

Teaching and learning

• Lectures will move online from midday Wednesday 12 August.
• Check your LEARN site for changes.
• Labs and small specialist classes under 100 will continue with physical distancing, if possible.
• Tests will go ahead with physical distancing.
• Assessments due during this period will not change.

Libraries and common spaces will remain open with the following restrictions

• The 1 metre physical distancing rule will be strictly enforced in the library.
• The Central library will be limited to 700. Everyone entering the library must scan the QR code provided and use their Canterbury Card.
• The Rec Centre will remain open with reduced class sizes. Book your place via the app.
• Cafes and food outlets remain open with physical distancing.

Location tracking

• UC is required by the Government to implement processes for location tracking so data can be logged and used for contact tracing if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus.
• All students and staff will be required to scan either your Canterbury Card or the government app QR code with your mobile phone when entering buildings and spaces around campus.

Health and wellbeing

• The Health Centre will continue to provide services. Phone prior to appointment, no walk-ins.
• All student care teams are available visit https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/health/
• Staff members, speak to your manager about working from home, if required.

The key principles for Alert Level 2 are to:
• Practice good hand hygiene.
• Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Physical distance where possible.
• Consider wearing a mask in places where you can’t physically distance.
• Track your location via the government app, NZ COVID tracer.
• If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.

For more information visit https://covid19.govt.nz/updates-and-resources/latest-updates/new-zealands-alert-levels-are-changing-at-12-noon-on-wednesday-12-august/ or if you have any questions email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

Remember, if you are sick do not come to the campus – play it safe and please stay home.

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui | Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.

Ngā mihi,

Michel Fivet
Incident Controller