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5 August 2020 Coronavirus Update


05 August 2020

From 6pm on Sunday 2 August 2020, Stage 4 restrictions were applied to all people living in the Melbourne metropolitan area. This means study at TAFE must be done remotely, although limited program areas will be permitted on campus for the completion of mandatory assessments. Students will be contacted directly about these specific arrangements.

Students invited to campus are permitted to can travel more than 5 kilometres from their home for this purpose. Box Hill Institute will provide you a letter that can be used as proof of your requirement to be travelling to and from campus.

No courses will be delivered on campus in the evening due to the 8pm curfew for Melbourne.

Students who are invited to campus must complete a student declaration and undergo entry screening. Students with underlying health conditions or in high risk categories that make them vulnerable should not return to campus. This is in line with the advice provided by the Department of Health and Human Services - COVID 19 information. 

Concierge Team on Campus

The Concierge Team will welcome returning students and conduct temperature checks as part of entry onto the campus. This team consists of Box Hill Institute staff members who have received training to ensure that students’ health and safety is a top priority. They will also monitor social distancing.

Students are asked to arrive 15 mins before class to ensure they can be screened before their scheduled class begins. Once a student completes the screening, they will receive a sticker, which indicates their eligibility to be on campus for that day only.

NOTE: DO NOT ATTEND CAMPUS IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL OR HAVE COLD OR FLU SYMPTOMS

Infection Control

Students will only return to campus to attend mandatory assessments. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be adhered to at all times in and outside the classroom. Once class has finished, students are required to leave the campus. If a student is found to be in breach of the social distancing requirements, they may be asked to leave campus and return at an advised date.

Students will be trained in managing infection control practices in the classroom where there is shared equipment and surfaces. They will be required to observe these practices during class. This includes washing hands regularly as well as using hand sanitiser before entering the classrooms.

Condition of Entry/Declaration

Condition of entry to campus is subject to adhering to, and following measures to manage the risk of transmission. Students will:

  • Stay home if exhibiting even mild symptoms of being unwell
  • Agree to daily screening procedures
  • Undertake in-class training on managing transmission of COVID-19
  • Observe and implement all measures required to ensure the safety of self and others including social distancing and cleaning shared equipment and surfaces between use

Student Declaration

Students returning to campus will be required to complete a declaration agreeing to the conditions of entry as well as observing Box Hill Institute Code of Conduct for Students. This declaration is not compulsory, however students will not be able to return to campus during the pandemic unless they sign it. The duration of the declaration is until the control measures have been removed on the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.

If a student is found to be in breach of the conditions of entry outlined in the declarations, they may be immediately removed from campus and potentially banned from returning for the duration the restrictions in place as advised by the Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.

Cafés

The cafés at Elgar, Nelson and Lilydale are closed however, the vending machines will be available. In Box Hill, food outlets will be open at Centro and there is a 7-Eleven on the corner of Elgar and Whitehorse Roads. In Lilydale, food outlets are open at the Marketplace. Microwaves and drinking fountains are also available on campus.

Libraries

Although the libraries are closed, library staff can be reached by leaving a message on (03) 9286 9283 or by emailing library@boxhill.edu.au.  Library staff are working remotely but can still assist you with advice and training on library resources, including the online resources available to you while access to hardcopy resources is not possible. 

Student Life

If you require support during this time, please contact Student Life on (03) 9286 9891 or email studentlife@boxhill.edu.au

For International Students, please contact the International Student Wellbeing Officer, Nikki Singh on (03) 9286 9445 or via email at nikita.singh@boxhill.edu.au. If you have questions about your academic progress and would like assistance with your assessments, please contact the International Academic Advisor, Faz Maghami on (03) 9286 9734 or via email at f.maghami@boxhill.edu.au

More information regarding COVID-19 is available on the Department of Education and Training website, which will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.