Kia ora koutou
The Prime Minister announced earlier today that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is now in the community and therefore all of Aotearoa New Zealand will move to Traffic Light Red setting from 11:59pm this evening, Sunday 23rdJanuary 2022. At the Red setting, we all need to take action to protect our vulnerable communities and our health system from Covid-19.
This means for BTI that only vaccinated staff, students, contractors and visitors will be able to come onto campus and will need to scan their My Vaccine Pass at reception when they arrive. They must also sign or scan in using the Covid Tracer app.
All people on campus must keep 1m physical distance and masks must be worn at all times. If you have cold or flu symptoms or have been at a location of interest, you should isolate and call Healthline for advice.
BTI Executive leaders met this afternoon and have agreed that all onsite intensives planned to take place before Easter will now be held online.
Kaiako and staff are meeting again over the next few days to discuss other learning arrangements and we will be in touch about these as soon as we can.
In the meantime, please join with us in praying for our country, for our whānau, and for our communities. As Christians, we have great assurance of the sovereignty of God at all times and in all places. God has led BTI this far by his grace, sustains us still and will lead us on.
As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to get in touch.
Ma te Atua tātou e manaaki,
Dr Andrew Butcher
Te Taiurungi/ Principal of BTI