Update for our students about Coronavirus

To our valued Atwea student community,

We understand in these unusual times that there may be some concerns and anxieties around what the unfolding Coronavirus threat means for you as a student. We want to reassure our students that Atwea College has firm and solid plans in place for a variety of scenarios that may eventuate over the coming days and weeks. The senior staff and myself are constantly monitoring the unfolding situation and are updating these plans accordingly to align with advice from various Government agencies. I wanted to take this opportunity to outline the latest updates to the situation here and what this means for you. Atwea College takes your health and safety, and the wellbeing of our trainers and staff extremely seriously and we want to reassure you that we will keep communicating with you when and if the following advice and policies change.

To begin with, Atwea College campuses are all remaining open and classes as scheduled are all still underway. In accordance with Government advice and announcements, there is no reason for educational facilities to close at this time. We are all showing up for work and getting on with the business of education and providing training and assessment services to you, our community.

If you are feeling sick for whatever reason, as has always been the case, you should not attend classes until you are feeling better, and be in contact with your GP if you wish to seek further advice about your symptoms.

If you have concerns about attending classes for any other reason, the following options are currently available to you:

If you choose to self-isolate and not attend classes for any reason, but have not been directed to do so by the Department of Health, then you are more than welcome to contact your Course Coordinator to see if study from home options are available for you. We will approach each request on a case-by-case basis, however if you are not experiencing any symptoms or are not in a risk category for COVID-19, we encourage you to continue attending classes as that is the best method for you to receive the training you are entitled to.

If you have been directed to self-isolate by a Government authority, either because you are a ‘close contact’ case, or a confirmed case of COVID-19, then you should self-isolate as directed, and follow one of the below options:

  • If you are not experiencing symptoms, you will be able to return to classes once the official notice period from Hunter New England Health (provided to you on a letter) has passed.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms, you should remain in contact with your GP and undertake any testing required. If you return a negative result, you can return to classes once the notice period from Hunter New England Health (provided to you on a letter has passed). If you return a positive result, Atwea College will require a form of medical clearance before allowing you to return to classes.

As we go forward into these times, we want to ensure we are keeping you informed at all times. For that reason, we have set up a dedicated page on our website at www.atwea.edu.au/coronavirus and encourage you to follow our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

In the case that there are individual courses affected, we will contact you by phone in the first instance, and then make all reasonable attempts to inform you of these changes by other means, including through social media and email.

In the case that there are changes to campuses, you will receive a text message to your designated phone number, an email and notification by the Atwea Facebook page.

While these are challenging times, I am confident in the plans we have in place, that they are the best way of balancing ensuring continuity in your studies, and protecting the health and welfare of our students and staff members. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and development.

 

Kind regards

Rowan Cox

Executive Director – Atwea College

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