St Albert’s College will be available for our students who require the support as a place of residence in Trimester Two. The College will adhere to government regulations, and work to ensure that mitigants are in place to deal with inherent risks identified by Board and Management.
As expected, Government legislation at the time of return will be the major determining factor of our capability to support our students. At present students are able to move freely between residences, and the NSW Borders unlike our surrounding states are open.
Please see below the plan outlining the process for returning students as well as the protocols in place in preparation for Trimester 2.
Returning to Albies and Armidale
Transmission of Covid-19 linked to social interactions and community living
(Ongoing Cleaning and Hygiene)
Covid-19 Symptoms and Action Plan
Any staff or student presenting symptoms of fever, cough, flu like, or sore throat will immediately be placed in self-isolation. The College will organise a Doctor’s appointment for them that day. The student or staff member must enact on the Doctor’s directive, inclusive of the need for testing for Covid-19 if requested and timelines for returning to community living.
If the student tests positive then we will work closely with UNE Medical Centre, HNE Health and follow the direct guidelines of NSW Health, who will be notified immediately. The student will remain in the isolation block until a negative test presents and she/he is confirmed as medically safe to return by NSW Health. Through utilizing the Covid-Safe App all those in contact will be tested and be placed in lockdown until results are determined and NSW Health deems them fit to return to normal activities. Meals to be delivered to block by staff member only wearing PPE. The Cleaning of the blocks would be intensive – (Government agencies sourced and utilised) All other Albies students will be asked to remain in lockdown within the college grounds to ensure that there is no potential threat to the local community.
To that end the safety and wellbeing of the student affected is our absolute priority in the short term, as well as the need to protect and ensure the health and wellbeing of the broader community of Albies.
Once again, the College aims to align itself with government regulations and support our students to have a safe and successful Trimester Two. Currently Colleges around Australia are operating at a diverse range of levels from capacity through to complete closure. The UNE residential system is supporting approximately 300 students successfully, and St Albert’s aims to support our students to succeed. The College foresees a maximum of 200 students residing at College in Trimester Two, therefore operating at just under 2/3 of capacity.