Welcome to SAE Auckland and COVID-19 UPDATE - 29 January 2021

Kia ora SAE students!

The 2021 Academic year is nearly here, with Trimester 1 commencing on Tuesday 9 February.

We are looking forward to welcoming back our returning students to SAE, as well as welcoming all our new students starting studies with us this year.

The team have been busy over the summer break, with equipment upgrades, studio refurbishment and, of course, the academic team have worked tirelessly developing course materials. It looks like an exciting year ahead. 

Before you return to campus, I would like to remind you of our COVID-19 Safety Protocols. 

SAE Auckland takes the health and safety of our students, staff and visitors very seriously. As part of our COVID-19 response, we have developed a detailed SAE Auckland Business Continuity and Safety Plan outlining how we operate across all 4 Alert Levels. This is attached, as well as the Studio Protocols for our current Alert Level 1.

Under Alert Level 1, we are able to proceed with all campus activities, however we must exercise care and vigilance at all times. This means you must:

  • scan in daily through the COVID tracing app or manually enter your details on the COVID-19 sign-in forms at the entranceway of all buildings
  • maintain good hand hygiene – wash your hands often and use the hand sanitiser provided
  • cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • wear a face mask when in close proximity to others. A reminder that face masks are mandatory on public transport
  • physical distancing is encouraged where possible
  • Most significantly, you must stay home if you are sick and seek medical attention including a COVID test if needed

As you’ll be aware, there are some current positive COVID-19 cases under investigation. The Ministry of Health is regularly updating locations of interest. If you attended one of the locations listed during the relevant timeframes, you should immediately isolate and call Healthline about when and where to get a test. You must not visit our SAE Auckland campus. If you are needing to isolate, please alert me on s.major@sae.edu

If we move Alert Levels prior to the commencement of our academic year, I will be in contact to discuss how this might impact SAE Auckland. Please check your emails regularly, as well as Slack channels and our COVID-19 response webpage.

While we appreciate these are challenging times, be assured that SAE Auckland is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors. Throughout your studies, we will provide ongoing support and communication to ensure you feel safe and informed. The aroha and compassion across the SAE community last year helped us navigate a difficult year together. Let’s ensure we maintain that same sense of kindness and understanding as we begin our 2021 academic year.

If at any time you have any questions or concerns regarding our COVID-19 response, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly on (027)669-3119.

I look forward to seeing you all on campus on 9 February! 

Dr Suzette Major

Campus Director, SAE AUCKLAND