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IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MIT STUDENTS: COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 3 IN AUCKLAND

18 October, 2021

Kia ora koutou katoa,

The Prime Minister today announced Auckland will remain at COVID-19 Alert Level 3 for at least another two weeks. Please continue learning with MIT in the same way you have been so far at this alert level.

As you will be aware Semester 2, 2021 has been significantly disrupted by continued lockdown in our region. MIT had been planning to deliver the vast majority of courses this year. However, this ongoing situation has meant we have had to reassess what is achievable during the remainder of the semester. You will receive further information on our response to these difficult circumstances early next week.

WHAT LEVEL THREE MEANS FOR MIT STUDENTS

  • STAY HOME: Themajority of courses will continue to be delivered online.

  • ON CAMPUS: A very limited number of courses have returned to campus where distance learning was not practical. Staff and students returning to our facilities are following strict conditions including infection control measures, physical distancing, mask use and contact tracing.

  • CLASS SIZES: At Level 3, face-to-face delivery is only permitted in bubbles of ten or fewer, including teaching staff. There is to be no mixing between on-campus bubbles.

  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING: A distance of one metre is to be observed in class with this increasing to two metres out and about on campus.

  • MASKS: Staff and students should bring face coverings or masks with them when attending on-site activities.They are mandatory at all times at Alert Level 3, both inside and outside the classroom. After consulting learners and employees, the institute has also mandated the use of masks at Level 2 when we get there. We will share the updated policy with you once it is finalised.

  • VACCINATION: MIT strongly encourages staff and students to be vaccinated. Booking information is available here. You can get this done without a booking at the Auckland Airport Park & Ride drive through vaccination facility, 42 Verissimo Drive, Māngere. Please see details here.

  • SICKNESS: If you are experiencing cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms please do not come to campus. Instead, call your GP or Healthline and get advice about being tested.

  • LEARNING: Your lecturers will have explained how they’ll be delivering at Level 3. You will be notified on what the extension of Level 3 means for your courses in 2021.

  • EARLY CHILDCARE CENTRE: MIT Children’s Education Centre is open underthe new Alert Level guidance.  Bubbles of ten and strict conditions will be in place, including mask wearing at drop off, pick up and during interactions with staff.

  • CONTACT TRACING: Download and use NZ COVID Tracer to record your movements. Scanning or signing in manually is mandatory when you are on site at Level 3.
  • HYGIENE: Please wash your hands thoroughly, covering all coughs and sneezes with tissues or your elbow.

Further Ministry of Health information on Alert Level 3 is available here

If you need Student Support please call 0800 696 487 or email wecare@manukau.ac.nz.

If you want to talk about your enrolled classes please call AskMe! on 0800 62 62 52 or email enquiries@manukau.ac.nz

International Students requiring assistance please call 0800 648 2273 or 022 067 8180.

Stay safe, stay home and take care.

Ngā Mihi,

Gus Gilmore, MIT Chief Executive