Box Hill Institute is closely monitoring the situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are taking advice from the relevant authorities, including the Australian Government’s Department of Health, Department of Education, DFAT Smart Traveller and the World Health Organisation.
Symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19) can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, sore throat and runny nose. Simply having these symptoms is not a definite indication that someone has coronavirus. These are the same symptoms found in any number of virus infections such as the common cold and influenza.
If you do not have symptoms and would like to speak to someone, please contact Student Life on 9286 9891 or email email@example.com. If you do have symptoms, please contact your general practitioner. This will allow you to share your full travel history and risk of contact, and they will advise you of what you need to do. If you have immediate health concerns, please call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
It’s important to stay calm and remember early symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are consistent with a range of illnesses, most of which are not considered serious for otherwise healthy people. However, if you have travelled through an affected area or may have been in contact with someone who has and you develop symptoms, we recommend that you contact your healthcare provider as soon as practicable and share your full travel history, contact risk and your symptoms when booking your appointment (before you attend the clinic). This is to enable them to prepare to keep you and others safe on your arrival. If you feel unwell, we encourage you to stay at home and seek medical advice.
For over-the-phone advice, the best number to call is the coronavirus hotline, 1800 675 398. For the most up-to-date information on travel restrictions visit Smart Traveller or the Australian Department of Health coronavirus websites.
Australia’s Chief Health Officer and Victorian Chief Health Officer have advised that face masks are not recommended or necessary for the general public. The Government and World Health Organisation recommend that the only people who should wear masks in relation to the coronavirus are those who are unwell and have a relevant travel history and those caring for a coronavirus patient.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has provided the following tips to enhance personal health and hygiene:
As of 11:59pm Monday 30 March 2020 gatherings will be restricted to no more than 2 people except for members of your immediate household and for work or education. This will be in place for 4 weeks and reviewed as required. There are only 4 reasons you can be out:
Yes, Box Hill Institute is running classes. Currently many courses are being converted for remote delivery as we speak.
The coronavirus response is evolving quickly. Box Hill Institute is examining alternative ways to delivering classes and will keep everyone informed of changes of delivery modes.
Please contact your teacher or course coordinator to advise of your planned absence.
Yes, this is currently being explored and many courses are being converted for remote delivery as we speak.
It is important that absent students contact their coordinator or teacher as soon as possible to discuss options for catching up on work or to make alternate arrangements to minimise being penalised.
Arrangements for providing alternative course delivery is currently being explored and in many cases remote versions developed. Your coordinator will be in touch with you shortly in regards to your options.
Currently, we’re encouraging everyone to follow business as usual, which includes attending your apprenticeship. The coronavirus response is evolving quickly and if the situation changes, we will let you know. High risk areas are being addressed at present and you should have some communication come through soon.
You will be supported. Contact your coordinator as soon as possible to discuss options for catching up on work or to make alternate arrangements. You can also contact Student Life on (03) 9286 9891 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Federal Department of Health website has details on self-isolation. During the 14 days of isolation, you must stay at home or in your place of residence and don’t go to public places including work, school, childcare or public gatherings. Notify your coordinator or teacher as soon as you can.
There are no plans to cancel courses at this stage, but to look at alternate methods of delivery. We will be directed by the Education Department in regards to what would be affected, and we will communicate it back to you.
Please tell your teacher if someone is coughing or showing symptoms in class.