May 13, 2020
We have been following the advice and guidance from the Ministry of Health via Taranaki District Health Board since the news of the Covid-19 outbreak was first announced back in January.
On Monday 23rd March, the New Zealand government announced that NZ would shift to alert level 3 and would then move to alert level 4 within 48 hours to reduce the spread of Covid-19. In accordance with the government's instructions on the nationwide lockdown, we made the decision to close the PIHMS campus and cease all face-to-face classes with immediate effect.
The Government has announced New Zealand will move from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm on Wednesday 13 May. Until then we are still in Alert Level 3. Temporary limits on gathering numbers will be in place when we first move to Alert Level 2. Cabinet will review Alert Level 2 restrictions on Monday 25 May.
For all the latest updates from the Government on Covid-19 please visit: https://covid19.govt.nz/
New start dates:
Academic (online) May 11th 2020
Operations May 18th 2020
Please note we will continue to deliver the academic part of the course online for the full semester until mid-July via the Canvas learning platform. It is not guaranteed that the levels will not lift again and limit onsite attendance which is why we have decided to continue with online learning for the short term.
We will continue to have the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff as a number one priority and we will continue to update you on the situation and the latest advice from authorities.
1. Are offsite students allowed onsite?
Although we will be moving into Level 2, as a large accommodation provider/organization, we will continue to discourage visits to the PIHMS property unless essential. With this in mind, please be aware that offsite students (other than those studying in operations) are not allowed onsite. So with this in mind, there is no campus access available to those students in academic studies, living offsite. No meetings or group studies are allowed and staff/lecturers will be available by email, phone or Canvas, not in person.
2. Which students are allowed on to the PIHMS campus?
Only Operational students are permitted to return onsite to PIHMS (even when/if the levels drop further). Those operational students coming onsite for classes will be required to follow certain protocols, which will be discussed directly with those impacted following the advice we have received from TDHB. Students who are studying purely academic papers, are expected to remain offsite and online courses will continue for this full semester. If for any reason, you urgently require accommodation at PIHMS, you will be required to apply for this option (there is no guarantee that you will be able to return onsite).
3. What do Operational students need to do to move back onsite to the PIHMS campus?
Operational students can begin to check back in from the weekend of 16 – 17 May, ready to start classes on Monday 18th May. FULL DETAILS of travel arrangements MUST be supplied for any students expected to return to PIHMS accommodation. All those returning to PIHMS, MUST give FULL DETAILS of arrival plans (region, date, time and method). Do not turn up unexpected, as you will NOT be allowed access to the property, without prior consent.
4. When a student arrives on campus, what do they need to do?
You are asked to please MsManu, once you have made your travel plans and before departing the region you are travelling from. You will need to advise Ms Manu of where you are travelling from, your method of traveling and your estimated arrival time. You will then be asked to meet her at the front entrance, please do not pass the cones that are in place, to stop any non-residential visitor. You will then be required to complete a full check in, including completing questions to verify your travel and health history. Only when this is completed will you be given access to your allocated room.
5. Is social distancing required?
Physical distancing will be important during the initial stages of re-integration of those from outside the Taranaki region, so all arriving students will be asked to isolate for the first 7-10 days, this is not a full isolation and you will be able to attend your operational shifts, meals etc, however you must ensure you keep a minimum of 1 metre distancing in these early days of your arrival at PIHMS. With this in mind, you will be temporarily allocated to an isolation room before moving back to your permanent room, after it is confirmed that you are overall healthy. If there are any concerns, you will stay separate for at least 14 days, any major concerns and you will be fully isolated. Remember, we need to 'play it safe'.
6. What are we doing about contract tracing?
Tracking and tracing requirements at large accommodation providers, requires that you must sign in and out, when you leave/return to PIHMS property. Sign in/out sheets will be placed at the exits to all accommodation blocks and at Front Office and Administration.
How are you feeling?
We understand these are tough times for many of you as you continue to study from home, where you may also be supporting family/whānau so please do keep in touch and let us know how we can support you.
Here are some links for support should you require:
If at any time you wish to speak to someone you can free call or text 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor for free through the Ministry of Health. You can also speak to PIHMS Student Support by contacting Ms Manu on 021 827 603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org