Update: 19 March 2020
From the Director of the University of Auckland’s English Language Academy:
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation develops in New Zealand, I wanted to personally to update you on what we are doing to protect the well-being of our students, partners, staff and colleagues.
Given the dynamic and ever-evolving nature of this situation, we are monitoring the situation daily and following advice from the University of Auckland, World Health Organisation (WHO), the Ministry of Health and other education and health authorities.
Here at the school we have taken extra cleaning and disinfecting measures, including wiping down desks and other surfaces and providing hand sanitisers on every floor. We have also replaced our joint Leavers’ Ceremonies and Graduations for smaller celebrations. Vitally important is encouraging all students and staff at our school to follow the health measures outlined by the Ministry of Health – which include good hand washing and personal care. You can find more information about these measures by clicking HERE.
We are also working with students and agents whose enrolments have been affected, and are providing flexibility around deferring start dates. More information on this can be found HERE. We also have a dedicated space on our website for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) which can be found HERE.
In addition, our Academic team are working hard preparing our online learning platform in consultation with the University of Auckland and look forward to providing more information on this soon.
Meantime, I’d like to personally extend my heartfelt sympathies to all of you who are currently experiencing difficulties. We are deeply aware of the challenges and uncertainty facing our industry at this time and our hearts and thoughts are with you all.
I’d like to sign off by sharing a quote from the Dawn Freshwater, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Auckland: “The challenge of COVID-19 will in time pass, and we will return to normality, stronger and with a renewed sense of purpose”.