Kia ora koutou,
BTI have received advice from the Ministry of Education around expectations for tertiary institutions during this Covid-19 Alert Level 2, so we can now give you all a bit more detailed information about how being on campus and in class will work.
Classes will resume on campus from 13 Sept
Classes will resume on campus for those who normally attend on campus from Monday, 13 September.
Masks should be worn on campus
Many of you will know that this time around, Level 2 requires that we wear masks in public spaces, including libraries and museums. When you come onto BTI campus, we strongly encourage you to wear a mask and will have some available from Reception should you require one. Our staff will also be wearing masks. Advice on how to wear a mask safely.
Sign in when on campus
It is also now required that you record where you have been and when under this Level 2. When you come onto BTI campus, you should sign in using the NZ Covid Tracer app by scanning a QR code or using the manual sign in sheets. To download the Covid Tracer app, go to the your app store or visit the government Covid-19 website.
Keep your distance and keep washing your hands
We encourage students to maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and other students or staff on campus. This is a time of reconnection and it will be lovely to meet together, but it is still important that we keep physically apart, for now. Coupled with good hand hygiene, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, and staying home if you are unwell, this social distance will help keep our staff and your fellow students safe while we work and study together.
We are working hard in the meantime to make sure that extra hygiene measures and sanitiser stations are set up around campus, as well as setting up signing in and distanced teaching areas.
We know this can be an unsettling and anxious time, so please reach out to one of our staff if we can help, or your friends and whānau. You can also talk to someone 24/7 by calling 1737.
Ngā mihi nui,
Dr Andrew Butcher
Te Taiurungi/ Principal
Kia ora koutou,
BTI are grateful to welcome students and staff back onto campus under government Covid-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines from Thursday, 9 September.
Online teaching will continue for the rest of this week.
We will be in touch with more details in the next day or two, as these are finalised, about online tutorials, class size restrictions etc. Please read these emails as this is our primary means of keeping in touch with you.
Please be aware that there are important things to remember under Level 2 when on campus:
Finally, we would like to celebrate with all of Aotearoa New Zealand that this lockdown period has been working to slow and stop the spread of Covid-19 in our community. Our combined actions of staying home, and Aucklanders continuing to stay home, have saved lives and we can be proud of this. This is good news.
We also know that whatever alert level, whatever kind of day we’re having, God, Immanuel, is with us. And that’s good news for all people for all times.
Ma te Atua tātou e manaaki, In God we trust,
Dr Andrew Butcher
Te Taiurungi, Principal
There was news this week about the government's Covid-19 plan including increasing vaccination availability and opening up the border: see https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and-updates/latest-updates/government-sets-out-plan-to-reconnect-new-zealanders-to-the-world/
At BTI we also have a plan, that will be implemented if there is any change to Covid-19 Alert levels. We will be in touch with you again as soon as we can should things change.
In the meantime, we need to keep on doing all the things that keep us safe together: signing in when you're out and about, staying home if you're sick, wearing a face covering on public transport or planes, and practicing good hand hygiene.
Ma te Atua tātou e manaaki
(In God we trust)
Kia ora koutou,
With grateful hearts we confirm that BTI will continue teaching on campus and online, and all intensives will go ahead, following the government announcement that Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 and the rest of New Zealand to Alert Level 1 from midnight tonight.
Please continue to play your part in keeping everyone safe by washing your hands thoroughly, signing in or scanning QR codes when out and about, and, most importantly, staying home if you're sick.
More information on the Covid-19 Alert Levels and what each Level means can be found on covid19.govt.nz
Kia ora koutou.
In light of the change in Covid-19 Alert levels last night, we want to reassure our students that we remain open under Alert Level 2. All BTI courses will continue being taught on campus in Tauranga and by distance.
As our CEO and Dean Dr Andrew Butcher says, "We have been here before, BTI has a plan and we know what to do. Much more than this: we have a great and good God, who looks after us in the grandeur and in the detail, who provides for us in everything and who reminds us that always and everywhere for this we have Jesus."
Teacher Education students:
Social Work and Practice students:
All students should continue to follow the latest guidance from the government, including:
Please continue to play your part in keeping everyone safe by washing your hands, staying home if feeling unwell, scanning QR codes when you come onto campus, and maintaining physical distancing.
We understand that this is an upsetting time and can increase anxiety levels and stress for students and whanau. Please talk to one of our staff if you have any questions or concerns, or call 1737 at any time to talk to someone.
More information on the Covid-19 Alert levels and what this means can be found on covid19.govt.nz