Covid-19 Updates and Policies

Open Academy Coronavirus Update

The outbreak of the Coronavirus is a serious concern to us all and has the potential to require us to make changes in the way we usually operate. The University is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to follow the Australian Government’s advice. It also has a team in place to develop contingency plans, should they be required. As a part of the University the Open Academy is guided by the recommendations of the University. We’re committed to doing all we can to help our affected students and community members.

As of the 23 March all Open Academy programs will be run online. Students will receive email communication with links to the virtual class. Some programs and classes are not able to be run in that format and enrolled students will receive email communication about those classes.

This week’s (16-21 March) Open Academy classes & music lessons are running face-to-face for enrolled students unless you receive specific communication notifying you that your class is via zoom.

Rising Stars concerts are cancelled for the remainder of semester

There will be no end-of-term concerts for friends and family for all programs.

All students and parents to follow the advice from NSW Health about increased hygiene:

• Clean your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.
• Practice cough etiquette (keep away from other people, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and clean your hands.
• Self-isolate if required.

For more information and updates to this information please access the University’s Coronavirus advice site HERE

POLICY

If you become unwell you should not attend classes and should notify us. Our general terms and conditions around illness would then apply. Terms and Conditions

If you are asked to self-isolate because of possible contact with the virus do not attend classes and please notify us. We can then discuss with you the options available which will depend on which type of class you are enrolled in.

As part of our own contingency plans the Open Academy is developing solutions to run all classes and lessons on-line.

We are monitoring the situation very carefully and our position could change so please check this website regularly for updates and we will also make every effort to contact students if changes are required.