Policy - COVID-19

COVID-19 Policy

We're COVID Safe

Sydney Community College has put in place preventative measures to ensure public health and safety at this time and to reduce the spread of the Coronorvirus/COVID19. We all must play an active role in stopping community transmission of the virus and ask those participating in College activities to observe the requirements while on our sites and in our classrooms.

Below are the measures we have taken to keep everyone safe and what are the responsibilities of those who enrol.

Note: Attendance at face-to-face classes will not be permitted for anyone who:

  • has returned from overseas within the previous 14 days;
  • lives in or has visited a recognised Hotspot and has not quarantined for two weeks prior to attendance at class, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms;
  • believe to have been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of COVID-19.

The College’s commitment through the promotion of social distancing, good hygiene and frequent handwashing

  • Hand washing facilities are clearly sign posted and display public health reminders about hand washing methods. Hand sanitiser is available at multiple points on site, including at the entry to each classroom. All rooms display instructional signage outlining the conditions of entry and need to be observed.
  • Face masks and disposable gloves will be provided on request. Wearing of these is optional unless informed by Government they are mandatory;
  • All classrooms are set for the maximum number of adults permitted at any time based on 4 square metres per person, with desks and/or seating positioned for a social distance of 1.5 metres. We ask everybody to ensure these distance requirements are maintained and not move seats or desks unless necessary and safe to do so;
  • All high contact areas such as doors, handles, kitchen and toilet surfaces and lifts are cleaned regularly and with appropriate strength cleaning agents in accordance with the manufacturers instructions. Toilets will be well stocked with hand soap and paper towels, cleaned and disinfected regularly;
  • All students attending face-to-face classes should sign in on arrival, providing up to date contact information, which may be used for contact tracing if required. If there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, the College will follow all the notification and rectification measures as mandated by the NSW Department of Health;
  • All office and site support staff of the College have undertaken infection control training and will maintain their competency in regard to this training.

What we require you, the student, to do

  • Not attend if you are feeling unwell or experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms;
  • Not attend if you have come into contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19;
  • Not attend if you live in or has visited a recognised Hotspot and not quarantined for two weeks prior to attendance at class, regardless of whether or not you have symptoms;
  • Maintain a standard of hygiene compliant with instructional signage at the College, including strict hand and cough hygiene;
  • Maintain required social distance of 1.5 metres in all classrooms and common areas;
  • While on site or in class, take full direction from your tutor or other staff member to ensure activities are consistent with the advice of health authorities;
  • Bring own food, cutlery, crockery and other personal items, including water bottles and other drink containers. Please do not share food or drinks and take all items home with you.

Enrolment conditions (COVID-19)

Please note also the general enrolment conditions -

  • The College may at any point, as a result of any change in health and safety conditions, postpone, reschedule or relocate the course into which you have enrolled;
  • If we postpone, reschedule or relocate a class, you will be given the opportunity to withdraw from the class and re-enrol in another class at another time;
  • If you are not able to attend another class due to the change in timing or location, a full credit will be offered to you regardless of the portion of the course already undertaken;
  • All requests for refunds are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please see also Withdrawing from your enrolment at the Policies page of the College website;
  • If you become ill and not be able to complete your class, you will receive a full credit.
  • If you are unable to attend because you have possible COVID-19 symptoms, or have had contact with a known case of COVID-19, you will receive a full credit

Last reviewed August 2020

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