COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 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 COVID-19 (coronavirus). 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 are taking to keep everyone safe and the responsibilities of our students.

Current Updates - Stay at Home Order

The Greater Sydney Area is now subject to an NSW Government “Stay at home order” first effective for 14 days as of June 26th and now updated as of July 28 and remains in force until August 28.

All face-to-face Sydney Community College classes have therefore been postponed until we receive information from NSW Health. Schedule updates will be communicated to you over time as the situation develops. All Sydney Community College online classes will proceed as planned. In some cases, existing face-to-face classes have been transitioned to an online delivery mode.

If you were enrolled in a face-to-face class that had a session planned before Aug 28th, your class session will be moved to a date in the future. Our customer service team is happy to assist, however before you contact the team, please refer to the following policies:

We do appreciate your patience in these difficult times and we look forward to the delivery of your course/class when community safety allows.

Please contact Customer Service on 02 8752 7555 or email for any clarifications.

On-going General Information

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 self-isolated or quarantined for two weeks before attendance at class, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms;
  • is believed to have been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of COVID-19.

Measures we are taking

  • All students must check-in through a QR code to provide all those attending College classes with a contactless method to record attendance. As is well known now, the information recorded through this process is used for the purposes of tracing COVID-19 infections if they occur. The information recorded will be used only for this purpose;
  • SMS alerts prior to classes to remind people of the need to ensure they follow the COVID Safe policy of the College;
  • Handwashing facilities are signposted and display public health reminders about handwashing 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. Room capacity and distance requirements must be adhered to. Should this requirement not be met, our teaching and administration staff have the right to request a person to observe the distance or to leave the premises;
  • Face masks and disposable gloves will be provided on request, the wearing of which is optional subject to changes in Government policy. Sydney Community College strongly recommends all students wear a mask in class. Where a social distance of 1.5 metres cannot easily be maintained - that is, where the learning requires students/teachers to be less than this distance, masks must be worn by both students and tutors. Disposable masks are available in the site office at Rozelle. Please ask for one if you do not have one yourself;
  • 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 physical 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 following the manufacturer's 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 regarding this training.

Your responsibilities as a student

  • Not attend if you are feeling unwell or experiencing any COVID-19 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 self-isolated or quarantined for two weeks before attendance at class, regardless of whether or not you have symptoms
  • Maintain a standard of personal hygiene compliant with instructional signage at the College, including strict hand and cough hygiene
  • Maintain a required physical 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 members 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.

COVID-19 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 also see our Enrolment Withdrawal Policy.
  • 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: July 29 2021

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