Introduction

With high COVID-19 case numbers in the Greater Sydney area and lockdown conditions in place, it is critical that we take every precaution to keep our College community safe. The settings in place at College reflect the current high level of concern regarding community transmission of the Delta strain of COVID-19, and are in line with the Public Orders and advice from NSW Health.

Please read these rules carefully, and contact a member of staff if you have any concerns. Students must agree to comply with all settings and rules in order to remain in College.

These rules may be changed at any time in line with the health settings in our local area. Conditions will only be relaxed when it is safe to do so, and in line with the NSW Public Health Orders.

Key settings and rules:

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students is our top priority

The College Code of Conduct and relevant College policies continue to apply at all times

Adherence to social distancing guidelines of no more than one person for every 4m2 of space with 1.5m distance between themselves and another person applies at all times 

Seating capacities of each common space must be adhered to – for the safety of students and staff, chairs are not to be moved in the Dining Hall.

Masks are to be worn in all common areas, except when seated in the Dining Hall

Students are reminded that no visitors are permitted under current NSW health orders

Equally, students are not permitted to visit any person or household outside College, including their families, until at least the mid-semester break.

Students may leave College grounds for exercise each day, provided they comply with Public Orders. Students should be masked unless exercising at high intensity.

Small, quiet gatherings are permitted in larger areas of College (internal courtyards, Main and Menzies Common Room, Sibyl). Please inform the Sub-Dean of any planned gatherings.

Parties are not permitted.

All students are encouraged to be back in College by 8pm each evening. For safety and security, it is recommended that students go out in pairs if they need to be outside of College after 8pm.

If you need to undertake work or practicums outside of College, you must seek approval from the Principal, and agree to undertake regular COVID-19 tests.

You are allowed three people in your room at any one time – yourself and up to two Women’s College residents.

Students and staff have a responsibility to act as ethical bystanders and support one another in doing the right thing to ensure a harmonious community that supports student health and safety.

Students are discouraged from visiting shopping outlets unless they need to for medical supplies. Supermarket orders can be pooled and delivered for other personal items.

Students should have no direct contact with couriers or delivery drivers. All parcels and deliveries, including food, must be left on the table outside Reception. 

We strongly encourage every student to speak to her GP about vaccinating against COVID-19.

HEALTH

The health of the College community is of key concern – please do not hesitate to get a COVID test if you have even the slightest symptoms. Below are a number of scenarios which may occur – please read them carefully.

If you are unwell

Walk to RPA COVID-19 clinic to be tested (testing site is off Missenden Road, opposite the entrance to Emergency.).

Upon returning, isolate in your room and immediately inform the Dean of Students, Siobhan Richardson. 

Meals will be delivered to your room while you wait for your results.

Use mask and practice bathroom hygiene protocols

A staff member / RA will be in contact with you throughout isolation

Current RPA testing results are being received within 48 hours

When you receive a negative result inform the Dean of Students immediately.

You may leave your room again, however if you are still unwell with symptoms, please keep away from other students until you are well again.

If you have visited a venue of concern

Please check the NSW venues of concern page regularly

If you have visited a venue of concern on any of the dates listed, please inform the Dean of Students immediately and follow the advice on the venues of concern website

If you need to isolate for 14 days, you will be moved to university quarantine facilities to do so (see below)

If you are identified as a close contact

If someone close to you has tested positive and you are deemed a potential close contact – i.e. you are contacted by the venue or by NSW Health:

Please inform the Dean of Students immediately

You will be moved offsite to University of Sydney quarantine (currently, 70 studio apartments at Sydney Uni Village are available for quarantining students).

A mobile nursing unit will visit to provide regular COVID-19 tests and healthcare during your 14-day isolation period.

RPA’s Virtual Hospital will support you if you test positive and become sick.

Meals will be provided by the University of Sydney Union (USU).

A staff member / RA will be in contact with you throughout isolation

NSW Health will conduct contact tracing

Deep-cleaning of your room and other spaces at College will be done

Once you have been retested and found to be clear you can return to College

Implications for the College community of a positive case

If there is a positive case at College:

  • All students will be notified immediately via SMS.
  • College will follow the directions of NSW Health
  • Students may be asked to stay in their rooms until appropriate cleaning, contract tracing and testing has been completed
  • It is possible that all residents of College would be considered close contacts, and the entire College be required to isolate for 14 days.  

Reporting and Consequences 

  • If you see something, say something. Please call the RA on Duty or the Sub-Dean of Students if you would like to report anything out of the ordinary
  • If you are found to be in breach of these guidelines, formal and informal disciplinary procedures will be enacted. You may be asked to leave the College.

Social distancing at College under the current provisions

  • Social distancing guidelines dictate no more than one person for every 4 m2 of space with 1.5m distance between themselves and another person applies at all time
  • Students will be provided access to all common areas at College, but are asked to wear masks when in common spaces 
  • There will  be no social events during the lockdown period

Dining Hall

  • Masks are to be worn at all times when queuing for meals in the Dining Hall. They may be removed when seated.
  • Food in the Dining Hall continues to be served by catering staff in a servery model to limit contact with food and utensils. Cutlery, sauce, condiments etc. are all individually packaged
  • Configuration of Dining Hall allows for appropriate physical distancing.
  • Students will have the ability to take their meals away in a container provided; take-away food must be refrigerated and consumed that day
  • Follow social distancing marks on the floor when waiting and being served
  • No more than 6 students at a table in the Dining Hall and no movement of chairs is allowed
  • No more than 4 students at a table in Williams Courtyard  Tables and chairs are sanitised after each meal sitting
  • Groups to come in Dining Hall doors on the Main side (not through Williams Courtyard Door)
  • Gloves must be worn when using the drinks machines, fridge, microwave and coffee machine. Students are to wipe down the appliances after use

General Health, Safety and Hygiene

The College community recognises the importance of practicing personal and respiratory hygiene measures to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all students. Students and staff are to practise good personal hygiene by:

  • Keeping abreast of new sites of potential infection, monitoring communications from College and NSW Health, getting tested if they had possible contact with an infectious person and informing the  Dean of Students, Siobhan Richardson, if this is the case
  • Getting tested if they feel unwell in any way, isolating while awaiting test results and informing the Dean of Students, Siobhan Richardson. Remain in your room while you have symptoms, even once you have a negative result. Arrange with a friend or the Dean of students to bring meals to your room.
  • Regular hand washing and sanitising i.e. cleaning hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Practice cough and sneeze etiquette i.e. cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or a flexed elbow
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Notifying College (via Trish Sharp at Reception) if undertaking any essential work or external placement undertaken outside of College
  • Any students given permission by the Principal to work or undertake practicums outside of College are required to undertake weekly surveillance testing. They are also to take precautionary measures when returning to College, including hand sanitising, showering and changing clothes, before coming into shared spaces, and to follow all special directions from the Principal.
  • Enhanced cleaning will be done in all common spaces including the dining room

Bathrooms

  • Students are expected to hand sanitise and wipe down bathroom facilities before and after use
  • Students with shared ensuites are expected to also follow the same protocol
  • There will be repeated cleaning of shared bathrooms by cleaning staff throughout the day
  • Due to current government restrictions, there are fewer cleaning staff working at College. Please be helpful and considerate and keep College spaces as clean and tidy as possible.

Your Room 

  • You are expected to adhere to all personal hygiene measures
  • Extra cleaning supplies are located on each floor for students to use
  • At present, in room cleaning will not be done by cleaning staff: you are responsible for keeping your room clean.
  • Due to government restrictions, we are only allowed to contact maintenance staff in an emergency. Non-emergency matters will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Trish at Reception.
  • You are allowed up to 2 other Women’s College students only in your room at any one time
  • No other Women’s College student or visitor is to sleep over in your room

Balconies

  • There is to be no socialising on balconies
  • Only students whose room directly access balconies are permitted to be on them
  • You may use your balcony for quiet reading, study or a cup of tea
  • Social distancing and density restrictions apply (1 person on Langley 3 balconies; 6 people on Langley 8 balconies; 2 people on Langley RA balconies; all balcony residents of Main balconies)

Affiliates 

  • Affiliates are not to come onto College premises until the current NSW Government restrictions are eased. Their access to College will be reinstated as soon as this is permissible under law.

Visitors

  • At present no visitors are allowed in College for any reason.
  • External contractors have been reduced to essential staff only, drawn from Local Government Areas residents are permitted to leave for essential work purposes. Please be considerate, polite and friendly to them at all times.
  • No other external contractors, outside conferences or other external events are likely to be hosted at College in Semester 2.
  • Students should have no direct contact with couriers or delivery drivers. All parcels and deliveries, including food, must be left on the table outside Reception. 

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