Covid-19 Updates and Policies

Open Academy Coronavirus Update

The outbreak of the Coronavirus is a serious concern to us all and has required us to make changes to the way we operate. The University is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to follow the Australian Government’s advice. As a part of the University, the Open Academy is guided by the recommendations and Policies of the University. We’re committed to doing all we can to protect our students and community members.

Please see the website page for each program/ course / class for information on how your class will be delivered (face to face or online) as we now have classes in both categories. Newly advertised courses and classes will clearly be marked as either online delivery or face to face at the time of enrolment.

All face to face classes are subject to changing health advice. Students will be contacted immediately if the mode of class delivery has to change.

The Conservatorium has risk-mitigation measures in place for face to face classes but each individual needs to consider the potential risks to their own health. Please take note of which mode of delivery you are booking and consider if that is appropriate for your personal circumstances.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS

• We continue to encourage staff and students to maintain their vaccination and boosters. We will continue to expect that unvaccinated staff and students will be able to provide evidence of a negative PCR test within three days prior or a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) taken on the same day, on request. It is recommended that all students under the age of 16 should be double vaccinated wherever possible and if not, they should take either a PCR test within 3 days of planning to come to the Con or a RAT test on the day.

PERSONAL CONDUCT

• The University’s COVID safety precautions must be observed at all times.

• Mask wearing is encouraged for any shared activities where social distancing is not possible.

• Frequently 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.

• Practice cough etiquette (keep away from other people, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and clean your hands).

• If staff or students test positive for Covid and have been on campus in the preceding 72 hours they must inform the Open Academy staff by email and self-isolate as required.

If you feel at all unwell you will not be allowed to attend class and will be sent home if you show any signs of illness at class. Please be overly cautious on this point.

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.

Please check this website regularly for updates and we will also make every effort to contact students if changes are required.