LATEST UPDATE - Thursday 25 March
The Learning Connexion campus in Taita is now closed until further notice. We will continue to operate as a Distance Delivery School through our well established distance programme.
Following the Government's announcements in recent days, The Learning Connexion has closed its campus until further notice. Distance Delivery study will continue unaffected.
We urge students to stay away from campus during this period, stay safe at home, and follow the rules for nationwide lockdown, as outlined on the Government's COVID-19 website.
In addition to cancelling our Graduation ceremony in April, we have cancelled the opening night of our student exhibition, which was scheduled for Thursday 2 April. We are currently reviewing how to manage some sort of online exhibition.
As soon as we have updated information, we will let you know. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email email@example.com
The health and wellbeing of our TLC community is our priority. Please keep informed on how we can all best unite to fight COVID-19 on the Government's website.
Message to current students
Wednesday 25 March
The Learning Connexion has closed its campus in accordance with the COVID-19 lock down instructions and has made arrangements for all staff to work from home.
Programme delivery will continue for all students.
Distance Delivery students - we are looking at ways we can transfer calls. Hopefully by Monday 30 March the 0800 ARTPOWER line will be up and running so we can take your messages.
In the meantime, your programmes will continue to be delivered to you as usual by your mentor. Feel free to contact them as you would normally.
Onsite students – you will continue to study, but your classes will shift to an online/digital format (this includes DD students who attend some onsite classes).
Term 1 Block 2 classes will run next week as follows:
• Your class tutor will communicate with you via a range of systems
• In most cases this will start with an email and then may shift to other apps depending on what will work best for you and your tutor e.g. email, Skype, WhatsApp, text, Zoom, Messenger or phone, etc.
• If you want to speak to someone at school – call the school as usual (calls will be diverted to staff working from home) and leave a message. Your message will be passed on to the person you want to speak with and they will get in touch with you. (Hopefully, by Friday, we will have a better system for contacting tutors directly. We will update you once we have this in place)
• Your hours of work in the ‘class’ will be recorded by your tutor.
If you have any further questions – please contact Programme Support at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Learning Connexion team
Current situation - COVID-19 in New Zealand
New Zealand has moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 4. This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of your household.
As of Thursday 26 March New Zealand has 283 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19. For a summary of the current status see the Ministry of Health's current cases page.
With continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low. However, the chances of a community outbreak are increasing.
New border measures are in place as of Monday 16 March. Most travellers arriving in New Zealand are now required to self-isolate for 14 days – check the Ministry's information for travellers arriving to New Zealand to find out more.
If you have been overseas within the last 14 days and develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath, phone Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contact your GP, including phoning ahead of your visit.
New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 4 – Eliminate
Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern has announced New Zealand COVID-19 alert levels. These new alert levels specify the public health and social measures to be taken. Nationwide, New Zealand has moved to Level 4 - Eliminate.
See more information about Alert levels.
Preventing the risk
Everybody should follow the following basic principles to reduce the risk of COVID-19 or passing it on to others:
- regularly washing hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly)
- covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze
- staying home
- avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
- cleaning surfaces regularly (when infection is suspected).
Please visit the official Government COVID-19 website for more information about about preventing the risk.
Healthline has set up a dedicated 0800 number specifically for health-related calls about coronavirus.
The Healthline existing number 0800 611 116 is still the main number to call for non-coronavirus health concerns.
Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages including Mandarin and Cantonese.
TLC April Graduation
The Learning Connexion has made the decision to postpone our 2020 graduation ceremony, which had been scheduled for Friday 3 April. Our hope is that circumstances will allow us to reschedule the ceremony later this year or, failing that, to combine your graduation with next year’s graduation ceremony.
You will receive your certificate in the mail over the coming weeks and we will keep all graduates updated with regards to rescheduling the graduation ceremony.
We understand how disappointing this will be for those of you who are graduating, but we thank you for your understanding.