Campus Update: Return to campus

July Update to COVID-19 Response

We look forward to welcoming you back on campus soon, with practical classes scheduled to start July 6th, we will be releasing additional practical assessment dates shortly to accommodate for the following measures. The health and safety of our students, staff and visitors remains a top priority as we plan for the opening of the National campus network in July. The college will adhere to all measures recommended by the Government and the relevant Health Authorities alongside the principles and protocols for reducing risk of COVID-19 recommended by Universities Australia to stop the transmission in a college environment, which include but are not limited to:

  • help stop the spread and stay healthy;
  • stay informed and continue to support physical distancing in accordance with the Australian Government and State/ Territory Guidelines; and
  • apply specific sector-based guidelines to all entities on campus were relevant (e.g.: common areas, breakout areas, classrooms, practical classrooms, clinics etc.)  

When you come back to campus this will look and feel different, to give you an insight into what to expect some of the health and safety measures being put in place are outlined below with further updates and answers to your FAQ’s across the coming weeks.

 

General Measures

The following general measures will apply to support physical distancing,  best practices in health and safety and support teaching and learning continuity on campus.

  • Students who are sick with cold and flu-like symptoms must NOT attend college;
  • Online access to content will continue online
  • All students, staff and visitors must adhere to the physical distance guidelines, these have been put in place throughout the college including 1.5 meters distancing on all service counters including the addition of Perspex guards on customer facing areas, such as student services, the library and wellness clinics;   
  • Appropriate PPE in practical and clinical units (nitrile gloves, face masks, etc.) will be provided and required to be used by staff and students in cases whereby the 1.5 metre distancing cannot be adhered to for longer than 15mins concurrently or 2 hours within a week;
  • All high touch point common areas such as kitchens and the use of fridges, microwaves will be restricted/limited. You will need to plan your meals accordingly;
  • Non-essential events will continue to be deferred or cancelled and remain online for 2020;
  • All campuses and clinics will have access to temperature scanners for usage should a student present with cold and flu-like symptoms, if you present with any of these symptoms you will be asked to leave the campus and can only return once you have no presenting symptoms, feeling better and have had clearance from your GP;
  • Additional cleaning and sanitising protocols are in place across all campuses, including the use of recommended cleaning products increased cleaning schedules across common areas in bathrooms and high touch-point areas;
  • Additional checklists are in place for cleaning and disinfecting after usage of shared resources, such as photocopiers, meeting rooms, clinic consultation rooms, library resources, desk spaces etc;
  • Clear signage will be provided on each campus to support physical distancing and appropriate disinfecting and cleaning protocols for high touch-point areas, all students are expected to comply with the signage directive;  
  • Appropriate hand hygiene products will be in place in each public or counter area including clinic consultation rooms;
  • As a college we are focused on supporting all measures to stop the spread and to stay healthy and encourage all students, staff, and visitors to download and utilise the COVID-19  safe app to assist contact tracing, we recognise this is an individual’s choice.  
  • We ask that you be vigilant about your health and safety and mindful of those you will sharing in space with on campus.
  • For the latest COVID-19 advise refer to the Australian Government Department of Health website, click here and the COVIDSafe app here.

The below update will give an overview of the practical classes health and safety best practices to be implemented.

 

Practical Classes:

  • Physical distance and controls are in place in practical classrooms and specialist teaching spaces this includes managing of access to equipment and workspaces, checklist  protocols for cleaning and disinfecting spaces after each usage;
  • In practical classes, classroom caps are placed on the number of people per room so physical distancing rules are maintained and adhered to and you may find yourself across multiple classrooms as you return into the practical completion classes;
  • Each specialist learning space including practical classes will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) e.g.: facemasks, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant etc;
  • The academic team are making necessary adjustments to content and assessment criteria to maintain physical distancing as a priority;
  • As you start the practical and on campus classes, the academic teams will brief you on the new health and safety measures to adhere to that are in place at the start of the class;
  • All new safe campus and health and safety protocols are expected to be adhered to at all times to support a COVID-19 free campus;
  • Cleaning and disinfecting protocols and checklists have been developed for communal equipment and areas and all signage is to be complied with;
  • Students who are sick with cold and flu-like symptoms must NOT attend college and can connect with their lecturer directly to discuss class options.

In the case of a student, staff member, or visitor being confirmed with COVID-19, this will be reported to the Government in the first instance and the college will take directive on the recommendation for campus closure to complete a deep cleaning protocol. In the case of a positive COVID-19 case and there is a directive to close the campus, all students will be informed of a campus closure decision and the expected return date based on the relevant Government and Health authority clearance and approval.  

 

The College is committed to a COVID-19  free campus environment and this will require your vigilance and diligence as your return to campus nationally.  

 

We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Stay Safe and Stay Well.