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Novel Coronavirus Response Plan

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UPDATED FEBRUARY 2021

Since the ACT continues to experience no community spread of the COVID-19 virus, the ACT Government advises that it will continue in Stage 4 of its recovery plan. This means that education providers such as St Mark’s can engage in face-to-face learning under safe conditions. Here is what you need to know.

Class Delivery

  • Consult your lecturer, and/or our Session 1 timetable, to determine whether your class will be online only, or face-to-face and online.
  • All classes will be offered online, and on-campus students are still welcome to join online if that is your preference.
  • Let your lecturer know if you plan to attend face to face, to ensure we can comply with space requirements.

Access to our facilities

  • Please use the ACT Check In CBR App or our sign-up sheets as you enter our buildings.
  • CSU asks students who are attending a CSU campus to fill in the CSU COVID-19 Screening & Declaration Form
  • Please use hand sanitiser regularly and the cleaning wipes provided at St Mark’s to wipe down surfaces after you have used them

Building openings

With easing restrictions, our buildings other than the library will operate as follows.

  • We are open 9:00am to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday. (Library hours are different. View our library hours.)
  • You will be required to check in and record your name at all classes.
  • Our classrooms are cleaned regularly, but you may be asked to help spray and wipe tables and chairs (e.g. evening class).
  • The student kitchen is available to use but please note the following:
    • Do not congregate in numbers greater than 8
    • Put all used items in the dishwasher which will be run at the end of each day
    • When large groups are using the kitchen, congregate in the Durie room or outside areas.

COVID-19 etiquette

  • Use our hand sanitiser when you enter the building. There is one near every main entrance at St Mark’s.
  • Maintain a physical distancing of >1.5m. Love thy neighbour from a distance.
  • Observe regular handwashing and/or use of hand sanitiser.
  • Observe coughing and sneezing etiquette.
  • Do not enter the grounds/buildings if you have cold/flu symptoms or cough or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Observe maximum capacity limits within each room.
  • Download the COVIDSafe app.
  • Report any suspected or a positive COVID-19 diagnosis to our front reception in the Garrett Building or call us on 02 6272 6252.

Please read the following sections to find out the latest regarding our classroom set-up, library, and chapel services.

St Mark's library services during COVID-19

If you have contracted COVID-19, please let us know. We are concerned about your health and would want to know if you are unwell. We will also need to let our community know if they have been potentially exposed.

St Mark’s and CSU are already brilliantly set up for online learning. The majority of our students already study online, and you will be joining them for a time. We are ahead of the game and ready to support you in your learning.

Connecting to lectures online

Our online classrooms operate through Zoom.

Need technical help?

Do not ask your subject coordinator for help with IT issues, but contact Student Central. We find that hearing lectures is the main challenge for most people, so try to understand the sound settings on your computer and within Zoom.

Classroom discussion

Even though there are drawbacks to not meeting face-to-face, online learning can strengthen community through strong and focussed discussions, both using the Discussion forum on your Interact2 site, and through the chat facility of Zoom.

Face-to-face and online classes will recommence as normal. On-campus students are still welcome to join online if that is your preference.

Residentials

Please check our residential timetable for the latest updates or contact your subject lecturer.

Chapel online

Chapel services will resume in the St Mark’s Chapel from Tuesday 2 March. We also hope to continue to livestream Chapel at 10.30am on Tuesday to Thursday.

Library services

Check our Library Help section for details about library services.

Assistance and Counselling

While teaching and classes are going ahead as normal at this time, we recognise that students may experience disruption and pressures due to this situation.

Please make use of student support services or be in direct contact with your lecturer if you need support or a listening ear.

If you need extra time to complete assignments you can apply for special consideration. Information pertinent to students is being regularly updated on your student portal.

Teaching will continue as usual online and with minimal disruption.

  • Residentials
    Please check our residential timetable for the latest updates or contact your subject lecturer.
  • Chapel online
    Chapel services will resume in the St Mark’s Chapel from Tuesday 2 March. We also hope to continue to livestream Chapel at 10.30am on Tuesday to Thursday.
  • Library services
    Check our Library Help section for details about library services.
  • Assistance and Counselling
    While teaching and classes are going ahead as normal at this time, we recognise that students may experience disruption and pressures due to this situation.

Please make use of student support services or be in direct contact with your lecturer if you need support or a listening ear.

If you need extra time to complete assignments you can apply for special consideration. Information pertinent to students is being regularly updated on your student portal.

St Mark’s is already brilliantly setup for online learning. The majority of our students already study online, and you will be joining them for a time. We are ahead of the game, and ready to support you in your learning.

  • Classroom discussion
    Even though there are drawbacks to not meeting face-to-face, online learning can strengthen community through strong and focussed discussions, using the Discussion forum on your Moodle site.
  • Chapel online
    Chapel services will resume in the St Mark’s Chapel from Tuesday 2 March. We also hope to continue to livestream Chapel at 10.30am on Tuesday to Thursday.
  • Library services
    Check our Library Help section for details about library services.
  • Special consideration for assignment deadlines
    Another way we can support you is through flexibility with due dates of assignments, especially in this special time of change and disruption. Contact your trainers if you need special consideration.

St Mark’s will be operating as usual from the beginning of 2021, operating according to our novel St Mark’s Coronavirus Response Plan. Keep an eye on our website for information about special events.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

ACT Government Health — Coronavirus Update: https://health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/novel-coronavirus-covid-19

Australian Government’s Department of Education Coronavirus Factsheets: https://education.govcms.gov.au/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

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