Nelson colleges move to online learning amid ‘active emergency’
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Slide to Atawhai on SH6 to Nelson. Work is continuing to clean up slips and open roads around the city in an ongoing state of emergency. High schools in the city of Nelson have moved to online learning for at least Monday and Tuesday to support emergency efforts.
High schools in central Nelson have moved to online learning for the start of the week as the city remains under a state of emergency.
Nayland College Principal Daniel Wilson said the school would switch to distance learning on Monday and Tuesday to support emergency efforts.
22 staff members were directly affected by the heavy rains and many of them were unable to work for at least a few more days, he said.
“We know many in our community have had to evacuate, others are cut off by slides or fallen trees, and others are reluctant to travel by road.
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Supporting emergency services and ensuring safety was the school’s top priority, he said.
“We have been advised by Nelson City Council that this is still a very active emergency with slips continuing to occur in the town.
“The council has also asked people to stay off the roads where possible.
“At the same time, we are very aware that this is yet another disruption to student learning, especially for our senior students who are completing their assessments and preparing for external exams. We will be reviewing our schedule for the remainder of 2022 to ensure we maximize learning time.
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Nelson College for Girls staff members work to clear mud from a house in Sunningdale Drive, Nelson, while residents and friends do their best to remove mud from landslides.
The school will review the situation on Monday afternoon, but it is unlikely to be back on site until at least Wednesday, he said.
The management team would be available to oversee online learning in the library for any students who could not stay home.
Nelson College principal Richard Dykes said a “good number” of school staff were directly affected, and others “indirectly”.
Nelson College principal Richard Dykes said “a good number” of school staff were directly affected and others “indirectly affected”, and that schools were asking pupils to stay at home.
“Whereas [in] the state of emergency, the authorities asked people to stay off the road, and it was appropriate that we did not try to bring staff and students back.
“We are also aware that if we had really tried to bring people in, we would have been half and half. And it’s either better to have everyone indoors or everyone at home to learn, so we decided to do online learning.
Nelson College for Girls principal Cathy Ewing said the school would switch to online learning until and including Wednesday, at which point.
The college assigned staff and respected the need to keep traffic off the roads, she said.
The schools said the situation would be reviewed at the end of each day.
Stuff drove through the flooded area of Marlborough to survey the extent of the damage after last week’s devastating storm.
As of 3 p.m. Sunday, several state highways and local roads remained closed.
Closures of national highways:
SH6 Nelson to Renwick – Flood
SH6 between Haven Rd and Tahunanui Rd – Slip
SH63 St Arnaud to Renwick – flood damage and washout
Local road closures:
From Tasman District Council.
Takaka to Collingwood – closed pending geotechnical assessment/Dry River Bridge collapsed on Glenview Road/McShane Road (Wainui Bay) closed due to slide and flooding/ dry road has been blocked by slips and trees/Abel Tasman Drive is closed due to a slip on the road at Wainui Hill/McCallum Road is closed due to a slip and stall/The Rameka Road is closed due to washouts and flooding/Cobb Dam Road is closed due to landslides/Motueka Valley Highway is closed due to landslides (between Ngatamoti and Alexander Bluff)/Dovedale Road (Dovedale Hill) is closed due to trees blocking the road. Potential opening Monday August 22 / Pigeon Valley Road (Dovedale Hill) is closed due to trees blocking the road. Potential opening Monday August 22 / Riwaka-Sandy Bay Road (Mārahau Hill) is closed. Potential opening Monday August 22 / Kaiteriteri-Sandy Bay Road is closed due to slips. Residents Only Access / Stafford Drive is closed due to slips and rockfalls. Detour at Pomona Road Square to Marriages Road. Potential opening Friday August 26 / Bird Road (Clifton) is closed – due to culvert drainage / Maruia Saddle Road – 4×4 access only
Nelson City Council advises people to check the following site for the latest road closures: https://roadinfo.ramm.com/nz/roadclosuremap.html