Breaking News..... Covid-19 is now among us!
Kia ora koutou,
Unfortunately, during the routine 5 day test, one of our student tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday (September 5) and has been self-isolating. Since then, a staff member and another student have now tested positive for COVID-19. At this stage all other students and staff are still testing negative (and we hope it stays that way).
We have been expecting this and have good measures in place so that students who need to isolate are comfortable, well cared for, and can participate in classes remotely if they choose.
We are making sure that students and staff will continue to take precautionary measures (including masks, social distancing, testing weekly - or more often if feeling unwell).
We hope for sunny skies in the next few weeks and a more positive outlook (translation: negative test results!).
Ngā mihi nui
Running Programs Under Covid-19
Running our programs under Covid has made things somewhat more complicated!
We have, however, put in place a detailed plan to safely deliver our programs and keep students and staff as safe as we can given the circumstances.
We have ensured our plan is aligned with the New Zealand government mandated Covid-19 'traffic light' system (COVID-19 Protection Framework). (See www.covid19.govt.nz for full details). Since the start of the pandemic New Zealand has been one of the leaders in managing the outbreak, and the risk levels are much lower than many other parts of the world.
Under these guidelines we believe it is safe to offer our programs at all levels, and at all times we are ready to move up or down levels depending on the situation. It is worth noting that, under the traffic light system, large scale lock downs are not required.
Basic protections required at all levels.
- EcoQuest require all staff & students to be fully vaccinated.
- Record keeping / scanning of QR code required (Covid Tracer App)
- Good personal hygiene practices (regular hand washing / sanitizer & coughing sneezing into your elbow) apply at all levels.
Green - Limited Community Transmission
Aims to allow almost ‘normal’ social and economic activity while continuing to build health system capability.
- Case numbers are kept low through testing,contact tracing and quarantine.
- Hospitalisations remain at a manageablelevel
- Face coverings encouraged when moving around the campus, in public spaces and where 1m physical distancing can’t be met (i.e. bathrooms, elevators, access ways)
- 1m physical distancing encouraged
Orange - Community Transmission
Community transmission of COVID-19, with increasing risks to vulnerable communities, and pressure on the health system.
- Programs would run as usual, including the regular field trips and visits to public places.
- Vaccine passports are a key requirement for access to public places.
- Social distancing is mandatory as is contact tracing.
- Within public guidelines students will be free to travel during time off.
- Public gatherings or events will be limited to 100 people.
Red - Take Action
need to take action to protect our vulnerable communities and our health system.
- Emphasis on mandatory 1m social distancing. This will require careful coordination in shared spaces.
- Face masks required in class, when moving around the field centre, in public spaces and where 1mphysical distancing can’t be met (i.e. closecontact courses, bathrooms, elevators, accessways)