Kia ora te whanau
We hope that you have had a relaxing weekend under lockdown and that you and your whanau are staying safe and well.
As you will be aware, Auckland and Northland remain on Level 4 at this stage, while the rest of the country is due to move to Level 3 at 11.59 p.m. Tuesday 31st August.
Alert Level 3
For most Branches the Level 3 details have a number of key areas where changes may be made compared with the last Alert Level 3 provisions, last year.
Some of the key points are:
- All tertiary education organisations should be closed with all teaching and other activities being done remotely wherever possible.
- Staff/student bubbles are limited to ten people or fewer with onsite examinations only allowed for these groups
- At-risk staff should not be onsite unless fully vaccinated
- Staff and students should bring/wear face coverings or masks when attending onsite activities
- Face coverings/masks should be worn at indoor facilities (for example, libraries, student health services) where these are open
- Face coverings/masks are strongly recommended at all other times particularly where physical distancing may be difficult
- Contact tracing systems should be in place for all staff and students on site
Alert Level 4
Auckland and Northland remain at Alert Level 4. This means essentially no change for them. The attached Tertiary Bulletin and Guidelines give full details on the L4 requirements.
If staff members receive contrary advice from their manager they should immediately question it and refer the manager to the Tertiary Bulletin and the updated Level conditions, both of which are attached.
If concerns or issues remain the TIASA member/s should immediately contact TIASA at any of the email contacts listed below.
There was mention on today’s 1 p.m. media conference that the number of cases at AUT had reached 20. AUT has this evening clarified the situation, which is that there are currently 14 AUT students who have tested positive (5 of whom were not infectious while on campus) and it is understood that the other cases referenced at today’s media conference are family members of one of the student cases. As always, our thought and aroha are with all at AUT.
We will be meeting with the education sector peak bodies’ emergency Covid management group following the Prime Minister’s Update on Monday afternoon and will advise you if there are any changes to the attached Alert Level information.
Take care of yourselves and each other,
TIASA Te Hononga
Please see below the links to the last Bulletins: