ACTIONS TO MITIGATE THE RISKS POSED BY COVID-19
INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS STILL TO ARRIVE/RETURN TO NEW ZEALAND
The borders have now been closed, and anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident will be unable to enter New Zealand. We do not know how long this will last but you will be unable to return for Semester One.
Current students who are outside of New Zealand will be contacted individually to discuss what this means for you, in terms of visas, fees paid, and remaining study. This will take time but if you have not heard from us by the end of March, please email Academic Registry.
FLEXIBLE STUDY ARRANGEMENTS
If students are required to self-isolate, or if schools are required to temporarily close, we will continue to support students. Further information about replacing some or all classes with online learning will be provided as plans develop. We are exploring options and in discussion with NZQA.
Many events in New Zealand are being cancelled. We will be reviewing all IPU New Zealand events on a case by case basis. Students who wish to organise group activities must consult with Student Support and follow the process provided.
Students who have recently returned to New Zealand are staying in self-isolation for 14 days. This is enough time for us to know for sure if they have the COVID-19 virus or not. During this time they are staying in separate halls of residence from other students and have their meals delivered to them.
To minimise the spread of disease, we expect all our students and staff to follow Ministry of Health guidelines on social distancing and washing hands well. We need to work together to protect those vulnerable to illness.
PEOPLE IN SELF-ISOLATION
MUST NOT go closer than 2 metres from people, or stay around people for more than 15 minutes.
MUST NOT use public transport (eg: buses, taxis) or go in cars with friends.
MUST NOT invite visitors to come to see them.
MUST NOT share towels, cups, plates or other items with anyone else (including other people in self-isolation).
MUST stay 2 metres away from other people. That includes other self-isolated people (unless there is a group of people who travelled together, eg: family on a holiday).
MUST spend only short times around other people. Less than 15 minutes is OK.
MUST spend little time in shared spaces like bathrooms and kitchens.
MUST call healthline (0800 358 5453) if they have a cough, fever, shortness of breath (hard to breathe), sneezing or a runny nose. (Students can call Student Support, and Student Support will help them contact a doctor.)
MUST wash their hands (20 seconds of washing with soap, then rinse and dry) after being in places used by other self-isolated people (eg: bathrooms). Good quality hand sanitizer can be used instead, if hands are not dirty.
SHOULD open windows if possible. Fresh air helps keep rooms and people healthy.
SHOULD use phones, Skype and social media to keep in touch with other people, to avoid feeling alone.
If you should feel unwell, please contact Student Support (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Healthline (0800 358 5453), immediately.
If you are an overseas student and you are unwell because of COVID-19, the New Zealand Government covers the cost. If you are unwell because of other reasons, your insurance policy applies.
KEEPING UP TO DATE
For further information on what you should be doing to make yourself safe and the latest updates from government departments, please see the following links.
The New Zealand government's 'Unite against Covid-19' website
Palmerston North City Council - Coronavirus Updates page
Midcentral District Health Board - Coronavirus Updates page