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COVID-19 Student Update

Updated 23 April 2020. Updates to this page are made and notified to stakeholders as the situation develops and changes at NZIHF are required.


This page covers general information about Coronavirus and COVID-19 and provides information on NZIHF's response to the situation.


To keep up to date with official Government advice on the pandemic please consider using these sites;

New Zealand Government Covid-19 main information site

Ministry of Education Covid-19 information

Ministry of Health Covid-19 information


Current Government Advice to Tertiary Institutions

Most tertiary education will be through distance learning. Tertiary education facilities may open for limited activities involving small stable groups (up to 10 people who do not change). Campus research that can’t be done off campus such as lab work, and practical hands on learning, such as trades courses, where the learning can happen in small groups with appropriate physical distancing. Courses where close contact is unavoidable will remain online only. 


NZIHF Current Status

New Zealand will be moving to Alert Level 3 at midnight on the 27th of April, NZIHF’s delivery will remain unchanged until Alert Level 2 so all campuses remain closed.


What is Coronavirus and COVID-19

This video covers the details of the virus and the resulting disease


COVID-19 Alert Levels

The Government has implemented different levels to represent the risk and range of measures that will be employed within the local and/or national area.

The current alert level is identified here

The range of alert levels is covered in this document



At risk people

While the majority of people who are confirmed with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms, some individuals are at risk of more severe symptoms.

Currently the Government has instructed anyone with these conditions to stay at home as much as you can.

At risk people include:

  • Those over 70: Older people often have underlying health issues, including respiratory issues that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

  • People with medical conditions: Underlying medical conditions can make you more vulnerable to COVID-19. In particular, people with respiratory conditions, such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), heart conditions, high blood pressure, kidney problems and diabetes.

  • People undergoing a treatment for cancer and blood conditions: As treatments for cancer and blood conditions affect people’s immune systems, this makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

  • Pregnant women: Health experts do not yet know if pregnant women are impacted by COVID-19 in the same way as other people. However, pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that may increase their risk from some infections. 

  • People without easy access to healthcare

If you are an at-risk person you are encouraged to not attend contact sessions at this stage.  Complete this form and submit it. Your tutor will be in touch with alternative study arrangements as NZIHF has made provisions for this situation.


Illnesses and Study

Staff or Students who have any of these symptoms;

  • a fever
  • cough  
  • shortness of breath  
  • sneezing or a runny nose


MUST call your GP, before you visit. 

If you do not have a GP call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu.


You also need to:  

  • stay at home  
  • avoid close or prolonged contact with other people  
  • stop having visitors to your home, and  
  • stay off public transport


For students you need MUST submit this form so NZIHF understands you are ill, getting tested, and self-isolating until you get your results.

NZIHF will load this form on to your file and expect you to start attending any contact sessions again within a week unless you have a positive test result.  COVID-19 tests are usually turned around in 72 hours.


NZIHF expects you to;

  • Complete your online studies during that time to the best of your abilities
  • Continue to pay all fees as due



Testing and Academic Progress

A Positive Result

If you test positive for Coronavirus you MUST complete this form as soon as your result is available. 

NZIHF will load this form on your file and note the return date you have entered.


NZIHF expects you to contact your tutor prior to your return to confirm you are coming back at which time your tutor will arrange catch up sessions to bring your academic progress back in to line with your groups.  This can include;

  • Requiring you to attend practical forums
  • Requiring you to complete additional tasks / online work
  • Requiring you to attend 1 on 1 coaching session and/or additional classes with another group who are covering the topic
  • Any other learning activity that in the sole opinion of your tutor will catch you up on the material and assessments


A Negative Result

If you test negative for Coronavirus you MUST complete this form as soon as the result is available.

NZIHF will load this form on your file and note you will return to any contact sessions on the return date you have entered.

Generally, unless there are some exceptional circumstances, you will need to return to study within 5 days of your results - this generally being ample time to get over standard colds and flus.



NZIHF's Precautions and Preparations

Risk management


On returning to campuses NZIHF will undertake additional cleaning by tutors of all surfaces before and after any contact session and  also have contract cleaning at its campuses increased in frequency.

Products being used are endorsed for use with bacteria and viruses by cleaning professionals and we are following these protocols with cleaning



We have placed signage throughout campuses reminding all users of the campus of the fundamental prevention activities;


Spacing / Distancing

We will have modified classroom and skills centre delivery methods in this way;

  1. Desks in classrooms should be moved apart as much as possible with the students spread as much as possible
  2. For tasks during the labs, keep the same student pairing the entire lab wherever possible
  3. Students should coach and interact with each other at a distance of at least 1 metre (this is pretty normal in terms of personal space)
  4. Students can cue, spot or be closer at times where it is needed but being mindful of their positioning
  5. All surfaces used should be wiped down after use – as would be standard practise in a gym environment – you wipe down the cardio you use, you wipe down the bench, you wipe down your stretch mat.  If students haven’t been doing this, it’s overdue for enforcement
  6. Students should be encouraged to wash their hands before and after sessions and after any eating
  7. Any practical work, whether assessment or learning, should be modified to allow the principle of safe distancing to be maintained



Daily review

Weekdays at 8:30am management are reviewing all new information provided on a national call and responding as required to new developments including preparing for eventualities




NZIHF has stocked up its campuses to be able to operate for at least a month with critical cleaning supplies and toiletries in place.  We may run out of milk and biscuits, but that's highly unlikely too!

Remote work

Staff are preparing to work remotely if they need to with each case being analysed on its merits.  If the country or your region moves to a 'Level 3' status work from home for staff and delivery to students will be reviewed.

Blended learning

NZIHF has reviewed the current delivery and identified the following within the Level 4 Personal Training Programme;

  1. Course 1 and 2 still require contact for teaching and assessment.  Should we need to deliver these programmes remotely we can provide and support learning at a distance and pick up the practical assessments at a later date within an extended enrolment period if required.
  2. Course 3 and 4 could be delivered remotely with additional online material (video lectures and applied knowledge tasks - such as designing / adapting programmes and submitting them), assessments via Skype, Facetime, Zoom, or many another remote method. 


Further Questions

If you have further questions for NZIHF, start by contacting your tutor as they should have the most current NZIHF position on our response and your studies.


The Challenge

NZIHF staff are meeting this challenge calmly and directly.  Students are doing the same.  As a country, this is our path to success.  Careful consideration, accurate information, caution and clear action. 

We won't get everything right, but working together, being steady and strong, and keeping flexible over time, we will get to the best outcomes possible for everyone.

NZIHF wishes you all sustained health, happiness and comfort during these times.  We look forward to working through this with you and making the most of the time we have together, the education we share together, and the prosperity that a future free of this virus offers.