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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.

EMAIL SENT TO ALL UC STUDENTS RE COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2 EXTENDED

The following email was sent to all UC students this afternoon following the Prime Minister’s announcement at 1pm.

Kia ora koutou,

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 that lectures will be offered both on-campus (with physical distancing) and online (live or recorded) for the remainder of the year. For more information click here.

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. Follow this link for more on what UC is doing to manage COVID-19

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

Ngā mihi nui,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor

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.

 

COVID-19: face coverings on campus

In situations where physical distancing is not possible, it is advisable to wear a face covering or mask. The preference is that people obtain and use their own reusable face covering, however UC has a small number of disposable options for use, where close contact is unavoidable e.g. frontline staff, close teaching situations in labs etc.

Once used, a disposable face covering represents a biohazard. We recommend you wear the covering home and dispose of it there. If this is not possible there are disposable bins on campus:

If you require a face covering, please email the Health and Safety office by email and include the following information:

  • What situation you want the face covering for
  • How many you need

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