Covid-19 information for staff

Updated 24 September 2021

Rangatiratanga

We all have a role to play in containing and minimising the spread of the Covid-19 virus within Aotearoa. Te Wānanga o Raukawa (TWoR) is committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and communities. This is at the forefront of every decision we make.

Rangatiratanga requires us to make decisions that are in the best interests of our kaimahi, ākonga, manuhiri, hapori and whānau in these challenging times.  At delta alert level 2 we need to remain vigilant. Covid-19 is in our communities and the possibility of spread and raised alert levels is a reality.  At alert level 2 we need to be prepared for a shift to level 3.  We are our own best protection, kia mataara!

Students financially affected by any postponements should contact dionne.seng@twor-otaki.ac.nz or karina.taylor@twor-otaki.ac.nz.

Tumuaki Message for Staff

Tēnā tātou, listen to our Tumuaki, Mereana Selby and the key messages for staff regarding arrangements for the remainder of the 2021 year with Delta on our shores.  Click here to access the recording and transcript.

The main campus of Te Wānanga o Raukawa in Ōtaki is now operating at a Delta level 2 status. Access to some facilities and services will resume with restrictions.  Our main campus is currently open to approved kaimahi and students accessing the library only.

  • Every person coming on to the Ōtaki campus must sign in and out with Kaitiaki, Reception or other designated service desks. This includes students, staff, gym members, suppliers, services, manuhiri, parents and tamariki of He Iti Nā Mōtai.
  • Please scan the covid tracer QR code located at Kaitiaki and each designated entrance to buildings on site.
  • Manukau and Gisborne sites remain closed to students and the public.  Courses continue to be delivered online.
  • Mask wearing is mandatory in public spaces i.e entering the gym, library, student hub and strongly recommended where distancing of 2metres becomes difficult.
  • All residential seminars (noho) continue to be delivered online.
  • Te Ohu Haumaru are currently investigating ways to bring students back on site to complete practical components safely.
  • Academic areas will communicate any changes to delivery dates and practicums.
  • Academic support is available for students via Wā Tautoko. Up to two hours of one to one pūkenga support either online or face to face.
  • Academic support is available for students via Wā Tautoko. Up to two hours of one to one pūkenga support either online or face to face for Ōtaki students starting Monday 13 September.  Please make contact with your students who are needing extra support during this time.  View the information flier pdf DL2 Wā Tautoko Information.pdf (0.20MB)
  • Financial support is available for students who have already invested in attending noho prior to the Covid-19 rāhui, including reimbursement of travel expenses and noho costs.

Staff and students in areas under different alert level restrictions should adhere to the alert level appropriate to their region. 

Re-opening of services 

Te Whare Pukapuka has re-opened with a pre-booking service for students to spend up to two hours in the library - visit the library page for details.  Students can call or email the librarians to have resources sent out.

Ngā Purapura Gym is now open for members to pre-book time for their workout.  Contact them directly via their Facebook page.

Ngā Purapura Café has re-opened with  a dine in or takeaway service.  The menu is available on the Ngā Purapura Facebook page or view the webpage for details. 

For whānau at Alert Level 4

  • All residential seminars (noho) continue to be delivered online.

  • Academic areas should continue to communicate any changes to delivery dates and practicums.

  • Academic support is available for students via Wā Tautoko. Up to two hours of one to one pūkenga support online.

Stay safe and well. Kia tau ngā manaakitanga ki runga ki a tātou katoa. 

Key points for staff working on campus during alert level 2

  • Campus hours are 8.30am – 5.30pm weekdays only.
  • Remember to bring your mask or two.
  • Authorised staff only are allowed on site.
  • Sign in and out with Kaitiaki daily.
  • Scan the covid-tracer code located at Kaitiaki and the relevant code at each building or sign in manually.
  • If you are unwell, stay home.
  • Kia noho haumaru ngā mokopuna - please do not bring tamariki on to campus.
  • Remember your mask and the 2metre distancing rule.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow and assist our cleaning crew by wiping down any high-touch areas with isopropyl spray.
  • Wash your hands regularly and make use of any hand sanitiser.
  • The main kitchen is closed, when using kitchens in your area, wear a mask except when eating and maintain robust hygiene practices.
  • Avoid gathering and breaking your bubble for smoke or social breaks while on campus.

Keep communicating with your students. Encourage them to stay up to date with our Covid-19 information through our website and by downloading the Te Wānanga o Raukawa app.

Kotahitanga 

  1. Ensure you are up to date with our stance at each alert level so our messages to students are united and consistent.
  2. If you are unwell, have cold-like symptoms contact your kaihautū and call Healthline.

Kia mataara!

  • At Alert Level 2 - Be prepared to revise your delivery according to social distancing and limits on gatherings.  Students and staff from regions in higher alert levels will not be able to travel to attend noho.  Deliveries may move to a mix of face to face and for those who are unable to attend, online.
  • At Alert Level 3 - Work from home, where possible.  Communicate to your students and continue to deliver online.
  • At Alert Level 4 - Work from home.  Communicate to your students.  Courses are delivered online.

 

Minimise the Spread – Social responsibility

You have a responsibility to yourself and others in avoiding the risk of spreading Covid-19 or other illnesses if you have been unwell.  We must strive to maintain rigorous hygiene practices and minimise any risk to our most vulnerable including our kaumātua, our mokopuna and those with underlying health issues at this time.

This means not going out in public if you are sick. Following this advice is critical to the overall response within Aotearoa.

Protecting yourself and others:

  • Keep up to date with media announcements about the nation's response to Covid-19 in Aotearoa
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues
  • Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds)
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Avoid personal contact – such as hongi, kissing, sharing cups, or sharing food – with sick people
  • Clean and disinfect frequently‑touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs, phones, keyboards

Coronavirus Covid‑19 symptoms include:

  • A cough
  • A high temperature (at least 38 ºC)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Body and muscle aches and pains similar to that of the flu

Check with your doctor if you are eligible for a free flu vaccination this year.

Wairuatanga

Look after yourself and your whānau. Take time to care for your wellbeing and stay safe. Reach out to your whānau, friends or support services if you feel the need. Stay in touch with mahi and your hoa mahi using our online technologies, Yammer, Teams and email. Kia tau ai te manaakitanga ki runga ki a tātou katoa.

Manaakitanga

Ministry of Health website for the latest information

For further Covid‑19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline:  Freephone 0800 358 5453 or call +64 9 358 5453.  Check the Ministry of Health website for the latest updates on the coronavirus.  Stay updated with our stance on Covid-19.

  • On Tikirau/Wiki/Covid-19
  • On Yammer 
  • Keep checking back to this web page  for TWoR staff
  • Download the Te Wānanga o Raukawa app from your device app store: 
    1. Go to your device app store – Apple store or Google Play 
    2. Download the SchoolAppsNZ
    3. Go to ‘Schools’ type in ‘Te Wānanga o Raukawa’ and ‘join’ 
    4. Choose the ‘General’ and 'Covid-19' groups to receive all relevant information. 

 

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Covid-19 Updates

Remember to visit the Covid-19 Information page on our website to see key messages to students and visitors.