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Novel Coronavirus Response Plan

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UPDATED 13 JULY

Since the ACT has experienced no adverse outcomes after the C-19 spike in Victoria, the ACT Government advises that it will continue its ‘Step 2.2‘ of recovery. This means that education providers such as St Mark’s may increase face-to-face learning where possible. Here is what you need to know.

Class Delivery

  • Consult your lecturer, and/or our Session 2 timetable, to determine whether your class will be online only, or face to face and online.
  • All classess 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.

Building openings

To ensure proper cleaning, our buildings other than the library will operate as follows.

  • We are closed Monday and Friday (except by appointment) (Review our library hours.)
  • We’re open 9:00am to 5:00pm from Tuesdays to Thursdays, only for those attending classes.
  • Other uses will be by appointment only.
  • You will be required to record your name at all classes present.
    • If possible, please record your name through our online contact tracing form.
    • For your assistance, there are posters around campus with QR codes linking through to our online contact tracing form.
    • There should be a paper version of our contact tracing form for each class.
  • 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 will be off-limits — please only walk through it, do not use it. You will need to BYO drinks, drinking vessels and other utensils and take them home for cleaning.

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 a platform called ‘Adobe Connect’ (also known within CSU as ‘Online Meeting’).

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 Adobe Connect.

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 Adobe Connect.

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 14 July. 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.

CSU’s Novel Coronavirus Update

Information pertinent to students is being regularly updated on your student portal and on CSU’s COVID-19 information page.


Finally: we are aware that changes surrounding the pandemic can be a source of anxiety for some of our students. Our faculty also wants to support you in whatever way we can. You can also seek advice from CSU’s student support services.

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 14 July. 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 14 July. 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 back in the office during standard operating hours from Monday 13 July. 

We are winding back our events and shorter courses

At this stage, St Mark’s will continue to hold off on large gatherings and public events. With the odd exception, our events generally do not breach the 100-persons limit imposed by the government.

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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