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Phased Return to Campus Update #5


10 June 2020

COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease with further easing of restrictions are planned from Monday 22 June. Today, all primary and secondary students returned to their schools to continue their learning face-to-face.

Gradually, more students have been returning to Box Hill Institute campuses to continue learning the practical components of their courses. TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and we continue to offer face-to-face training where necessary, ensuring the provision of hands-on skills-based learning is provided in line with health advice.

Here’s what it looks like, back on campus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVNsQSQaEVo&t

All students invited to attend a class on campus undergo a daily screening and must sign a student declaration to ensure the health and safety of all students on campus. If you need to queue to enter campus, we ask that you be patient as the daily screening process is necessary to ensure optimal staff and student safety.

Most staff members and students continue to work remotely, ensuring there are minimal people on campus. Once a class is finished, staff and students are expected to return home.

There have been no reported coronavirus (COVID-19) cases at Box Hill Institute campuses as at 12.30pm, Tuesday 9 June 2020.

Experiencing Financial Stress?

The National Debt Helpline (NDH) is a not-for-profit service that helps people in Australia tackle their debt problems. They’re not a lender and they don’t sell anything or make money. Their professional financial counsellors offer a free, independent and confidential service. They’re there to help people get back on track.

Nearly a million Australians have sought advice from the NDH since it was set up in 2011. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an increase in the number of people needing our help.

NDH is funded by the Federal Government and the state governments of Victoria and NSW. It is co-ordinated by Financial Counselling Australia, the peak body for financial counsellors. A number of state and territory not-for-profit charities and organisations run the service in each state and territory. They all use the same up-to-date resources and the number is the same, 1800 007 007.

NDH has a very useful website: ndh.org.au, which is for anyone who is worried about how they are going to pay all their bills and manage their debts.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Department of Education and Training has developed a thorough set of FAQs in relation to studying at TAFE and coronavirus, with specific responses for general students, apprentices and trainees, and international students. Find out more.

Public Transport

Public Transport Victoria has information on its website about the measures it is taking to keep passengers safe, including increased cleaning and cashless transactions. It also outlines measures passengers can take including social distancing. 

Feedback

While we are working through this phased transition to campus, we are encouraging students to share feedback with us about our processes and procedures on campus in response to COVID-19. 

Students can send feedback to customerrelations@boxhill.edu.au. Collecting this feedback will enable our project team to ensure that our processes are working effectively in our goal to keep you safe.

Wellbeing

As the nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak evolves and we continue to be more confined to our homes, health and wellbeing should be a priority. The following organisations have web pages with advice on looking after your mental health:

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.