COVID-19 Update

Latest Update 8th June 2020

As you may have heard, the PM has announced that we will move as a Nation to Alert Level 1 from midnight tonight.

As promised, we are now able to detail what that means for our students, staff, classrooms and campuses.

Gone are:

  1. 1-metre social distancing.
  2. The non-sharing of food.
  3. Any restriction on sitting in vans.

Staying are:

  1. Signing in using ImHere (for now).
  2. Washing our hands and maintaining good hygiene standards.
  3. If unwell, please stay at home.

 

14th May 2020

 

In order to prepare spaces to better look after your health and wellbeing, different programmes are having different start dates. Your tutor will be contacting you soon to confirm what day you can return to campus.

 

Kia ora whānau

Life at Alert Level 2 means we can resume many of our everyday activities — but we have to do so safely.

How does that look for you on your return to our campuses? Here are a few key points:

  • We all take responsibility.
  • COVID-19 is still out there. Play it safe.
  • We can study on-site if we do so safely.
  • We will ask everyone, with cold or flu-like symptoms to stay away from our campuses and seek medical advice if needed. Any concerns please refer to your tutor.
  • Keep 1 metre apart where possible, including in vans, classrooms and common areas.
  • We will keep contact-tracing records of anyone who will have close interaction with you.
  • We wash our hands. We wash our hands. We wash our hands.
  • Where required we maintain our building/van bubbles.
  • Some students have shown they can study well from home. If you would like to continue to study from home, talk this through with your tutor.
  • If you are unwell or have underlying health conditions, stay home and let your tutor know.
  • We sign in and out of campus/buildings, capturing our movements accurately (using ImHere).
  • We wash our hands often and make use of the sanitiser provided.
  • Everyone entering our buildings and vans must register their details (using ImHere).
  • We clean up after ourselves – wiping down the printers, and classroom surfaces.
  • We maintain a social distance of 1m with all other students, staff, visitors and contractors.
  • We use good sneeze/cough hygiene.
  • A cleaner will wipe down high touch areas regularly (entrances, handles, toilets, common areas).
  • We continue to support our classmates that study at distance.
  • We will communicate well - read posters reminding us of best practice, provide updates of changes, share our experiences and talk about expectations so we’re all on the same page.

Click Here to read a quick guide to signing in and out using ‘ImHere’.

 

20th Apr 2020

Today the Government has announced New Zealand will move out of Alert Level 4 lockdown at 11.59pm on Monday 27 April. We are still in Alert Level 4 until then.

Stay Home. Save Lives.

We will hold at Alert Level 3 for two weeks, before the Government reviews how we are tracking and makes further decisions on 11 May 2020.

To ensure the continued wellbeing and safety of our students and staff all Vision College campuses will remain closed during this period of Alert Level 3 (11 May 2020 at the earliest). All classes will be continuing via distance study. This may include virtual classes, online study, or study materials being sent to students.

If you are a current student and are unsure of how your class is or will be operating during Alert Level 3, please contact your tutor or email hello@vision.ac.nz for their contact details.

If you are a prospective student, please know that our enrolments are still open for our upcoming course intakes! Those courses that start during this Alert Level 3 period will be operating through distance study. The resumption of physical classes will be addressed once the Alert Level 3 ends. If you have any questions on how our courses will be operating or what studying will look like for you, please email hello@vision.ac.nz and we can provide you with the correct details.

Click Here to read the latest Tertiary Student Bulletin from the Ministry of Education.

 

14th April 2020

The government has announced a support package to financially assist tertiary students whose study has been affected by Covid-19.
 
The Government wants to give certainty to students as soon as possible that they can continue to be engaged in their education and will be supported adequately until such time that tertiary education providers can put in place alternative ways of delivering teaching and learning.

This short-term tertiary domestic package will be available from Wednesday 15 April.

Key measures include:

  • continuing support payments for students unable to study on-line for up to 8 weeks to allow providers sufficient time to make alternative arrangements to enable distance learning
  • helping to cover extra costs by increasing student loan course-related costs from $1,000 to $2,000 on a temporary basis – i.e for course-related costs like Internet and energy consumption to support learning at home
  • technical changes to ensure study being discontinued in 2020 as a result of Covid-19 does not affect student loan life-time limits and students’ Fees Free entitlement.

 
These measures, together with the support the Ministry of Social Development can already give, aim to provide an immediate response to the financial impact Covid-19 is having on tertiary students.
 
For detailed information, visit Ministry of Education

6th April 2020

Click Here to read the latest Tertiary Student Bulletin from the Ministry of Education.

2nd April 2020

Click Here to read the New Zealand Governments latest Welfare Fact Sheet.

Click Here to read the latest Tertiary Student Bulletin from the Ministry of Education.

30th March 2020

Click Here to read the latest Tertiary Student Bulletin from the Ministry of Education addressing the immediate concerns being raised by tertiary students.

23rd March 2020

To all students and next of kin,

As you are probably now aware, the Government has informed the Nation that as from Thursday morning, we are all going to be in lock-down. Over the past week, we have been fine tuning our ability to deliver our programmes to our students and clients remotely. As from mid-day tomorrow (Tuesday) we will not be requiring any of our students and clients to come to the Campus for their study. Only a few of our students will need to be on site – those needing to attend have already been informed. Over following weeks we are still going to be able to deliver programmes to the students through either paper based materials or our Cloud Campus and the tutors are still available through email.

Please look after yourselves

18th March 2020

New Zealand has twelve confirmed cases of COVID-19.

For the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19, visit the Ministry of Health website.

5th March 2020

The Ministry of Education have asked us to keep our communities updated about the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As you are aware the Prime Minister announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in New Zealand last Friday. The Ministry of Health has noted that although we have our first case of COVID-19, the chances of community outbreak remain low. This case was identified because the person affected and their family did the right thing and got in touch with health authorities.

Today, the Ministry of Health confirmed the third case of COVID-19.

As an organisation we want to continue to reinforce messages about hygiene practices:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • cover coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or your elbow
  • put used tissues in the rubbish bins.

If you are unwell, please stay home.  If you are concerned that someone is showing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, encourage them to first ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) or contact their GP by phoning ahead of their visit to explain symptoms and travel history. 

People calling the Healthline number will be able to talk with a member of the National Telehealth Service and interpreters will be on hand. The number is staffed by nurses, paramedics and health advisors.

For more information visit the Ministry of Health (MOH) COVID-19 question and answers page.

If you have travelled recently, there are now two categories for travellers arriving in New Zealand:

  • Category 1 – People who have travelled from or transited through countries in category one in the last 14 days are required to self-isolate for 14 days and contact Healthline after they have left the countries. Mainland China and Iran are the two countries included in this category (with Iran added to this category on Friday 28 February). 
  • Category 2 – People who have travelled from or via countries lists in category two who develop symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath should seek medical advice by first phoning Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contacting their GP including phoning ahead of their visit. As at Friday 28 February countries in this category are Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Thailand.


Anyone who has travelled from or transited through any of the countries listed in both categories with clinically compatible symptoms should be considered a suspect of COVID-19 case and testing performed.

Advice about self-isolation

Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. This means all situations where you may come in contact with others, such as social gatherings, work, school, child care/pre-school centres, university, faith-based gatherings, aged care and health care facilities, prisons, sports gatherings, supermarkets, restaurants, shopping malls, and all public gatherings.

If you are a visitor to New Zealand, this means you should avoid sitting in a restaurant, participating in any type of tour group, or using public transport, including flights, buses, and trains between cities in New Zealand.

If you are unsure if you should be self-isolating, please contact Healthline for free on 0800 611 116

Information about self-isolation has been updated.

Ministry of Health resources

Facebook page

The Ministry of Health now has a Facebook page: @minhealthnz. In addition to their Twitter channel [@minhealthnz], they will be using Facebook to alert people to key updates and messaging specifically about coronavirus.

Questions and answers

The Ministry has developed a novel coronavirus question and answers page. As the situation regarding novel coronavirus can evolve rapidly, the questions and answers page will be updated with the latest information.

Updated factsheet for travellers

The information for travellers arriving into New Zealand has been updated with the latest information.

Signs and symptoms

What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV?

Symptoms of 2019-nCoV are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have 2019-nCoV. Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. Difficulty breathing can be a sign of pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. We don’t yet know how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected, but current WHO assessments suggest that it is 2–10 days. 

What do I do if I am sick right now?

If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing please telephone Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116.

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