Our current status
New Zealand is now at COVID-19 Alert Level 1, meaning that everyone in New Zealand can return without restriction to work, school, sports, and domestic travel. Restrictions on gatherings are no longer in place.
As of Monday 6th July, the Media Design School campus will be fully re-opened, operating at our usual hours of 8am-9pm Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm on Fridays, and 10am-5pm on Saturdays. All programmes will be taught on campus from this date, although remote learning options will remain in place for those students who are unable to return to campus (see Special Circumstances below).
We'd like to extend a big thank you to the entire MDS community for your support and resilience during this time If you have general questions or concerns about our current response, you can email email@example.com or phone 09 303 0402.
Key Information for Students Returning to Campus:
- From Monday 6th July, the campus will re-open fully and will operate at our normal hours, with all student services available.
- Students are encouraged to return to studying on campus from July 6th. However, lessons will continue to be streamed remotely to ensure that any students in Special Circumstances who are unable to return to campus can continue to learn from home.
- Timetables and classes will continue as scheduled, and, as usual, attendance in class will be mandatory.
- While there are no specific social distancing requirements at Alert Level 1, we will have additional hygiene resources on campus and we expect all students to continue to practice good hygiene and to stay home if they are feeling unwell.
Special Circumstances for Students
We don’t anyone to feel they have to be on campus if they feel unsafe or uncomfortable doing so, or if they are in the high-risk category. We also recognise that the events of the past few months have meant some students have needed to relocate, and it is not currently viable for them to study on campus.
If you fit into this category and need to continue learning from home for the time being, you will be able to do so. You will need to reach out to your Lecturer or Programme Leader as soon as possible, to make them aware of your situation and explain why you will not be returning to campus.
If you have not made contact with a faculty member, we will assume that you intend to take your classes on campus. As always, you will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unable to attend a lesson, either remotely or in person.
Key Information for Staff Returning to Campus:
- From Monday 6th July the campus will re-open fully and will operate at our normal weekday hours, with all staff and student resources available.
- We anticipate that the majority of Programme Leaders, Lecturers and Students will have returned to campus by Monday 6th July. However, lessons will need to continue to be streamed remotely to ensure that any students who are in special circumstances and are unable to return to campus can continue to learn from home.
- Students in special circumstances will need to apply to continue learning remotely – the details of that process are outlined above.
- If you are in an at-risk category, or are otherwise unable or uncomfortable returning to campus, please let your manager know and they will work with you to reach a solution.
- While there are no specific social distancing requirements at Alert Level 1, we will have additional hygiene resources on campus and we expect all staff to continue to practice good hygiene and to stay home if they are feeling unwell.
Advice from the MoH
Advice from the NZ Ministry of Health
New Zealand's dedicated COVID-19 website contains a wealth of useful advice and information around protecting yourself and our wider community.
The government has issued clear guidelines for Alert Level 1 that are essential for everyone to understand and adhere to.
As we unite to recover from the effects of COVID-19, it's still important that we keep the basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow.
We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required. Businesses should help customers to keep track of where they’ve been by displaying the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster.
Alert Level 1
Advice from the government about what you should do
We have now entered COVID-19 Alert Level 1 meaning that, aside from ongoing border controls, the majority of other restrictions no longer apply.
The Government have issued ten useful 'Golden Rules' for life at Level 1.
- If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
- If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
- Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
- If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
- If you’re concerned about your wellbeing or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
- Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
- Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
- Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
- People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.
Remember, that no matter which Alert Level we find ourselves at:
Food will always be available – production will continue, distribution will continue, supermarkets will continue. You will always have access to food.
Medicines will always be available.
Healthcare for those that need it will be available.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) still do not recommend travel outside of New Zealand. In order to reduce the chances of COVID-19 spreading within New Zealand, additional border measures have been implemented and domestic travel is still restricted.
You'll find more detail about travel restrictions here.
Symptoms of COVID-19
- difficulty breathing.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, make sure to phone your healthcare provider, or the dedicated COVID-19 Healthline number: 0800 358 5453.
Difficulty breathing is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.
Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. We encourage all students and staff to:
wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
cough and sneeze into their elbow
It is worth reiterating that good hygiene and ongoing health is essential in ensuring our campuses are healthy and productive places. We always encourage students and staff to practice the highest standards.
Managing your mental wellbeing
The Ministry of Health website has a lot of helpful information on managing our mental health during this time:
We are in uncertain and unprecedented times, and everyone will respond differently to how COVID-19 is impacting them. It’s completely normal for people to be feeling a wide range of emotions, including worried, anxious, scared.
New Zealand is known for its manaakitanga and now more than ever we need to remember the power of kindness and uniting together. While there are things that we can’t always control, there are things you can do to boost your mental wellbeing and that of your loved ones.
If over days and weeks your distress or stress symptoms are escalating or you feel you are not coping, all Media Design School's network of support is here to help you. Students can speak with our Student Counsellor, Flora, by emailing email@example.com, and staff can access the EAP at any time. You can also call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Where can I get more information?
While we are working hard to keep this page updated as we receive new advice, the Ministry of Health's website is your best source of up to date information.
If you have other questions or concerns, contact Healthline at 0800 358 5453 or your GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages and they do have Mandarin and Cantonese speaking staff available.