Our current status
Auckland is currently at Alert Level 1, meaning there are no specific restrictions in place around social gatherings, although ongoing social distancing and contact tracing are encouraged. As of Thursday 8th October, all MDS staff and students will be able to access the campus without prior approval.
Beginning Monday 12th October, we will resume our normal operating hours:
- Monday – Thursday 8am-9pm
- Friday 8am – 6pm
- Saturday – 10am-5pm
All campus facilities will be open and available, including kitchens, reception, library, student support and student services. Please continue to check in using the QR code when you are on campus and stay home if you are feeling unwell.
As previously communicated, all courses will also be delivered remotely for the remainder of this year. Lecturers will mostly be teaching on site but will continue to deliver classes via Blackboard, Collaborate or Discord, meaning the content will also be accessible remotely. In maintaining this remote learning option, we can ensure minimal disruption to the learning experience for those students who are unable to return to campus at this time.
This means that, although we encourage students to re-join us on campus at Level 1, if you are unable or uncomfortable returning, you will be able to continue learning remotely. We are confident that this is the best solution to offer maximum flexibility for all students and to make sure that we’re well prepared to respond efficiently, should New Zealand’s alert levels increase and require us to move off campus at short notice
Official information and guidelines on restrictions can be found here.
If you have general questions or concerns, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 09 303 0402.
Remember, if you have been, or are getting tested for Covid-19 you must let the MDS team know by emailing email@example.com with the following information:
- Your full name
- Your programme and year level
- The date of your Covid-19 test
- Your best contact email and phone number
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 against COVID-19, it's 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 returned to COVID-19 Alert Level 1 in Auckland. This means that COVID-19 is contained, although there is still a risk of it returning to the community. Aucklanders are encouraged to continue good habits, such as using the contact tracing app, observing social distancing and wearing face coverings on public transport.
Here are a few ‘Golden Rules’ for keeping safe at Alert Level 1.
1. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or come to school. Don’t socialise.
2. If you have cold or flu symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline and make sure to get tested.
3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands!
4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate, you must do so immediately.
6. If you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
7. 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.
8. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. We should all be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
9. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.