COVID-19 UPDATE – 25 June 2021
The AFTRS building is temporarily closed. We are closely monitoring the current situation, along with government guidelines and regulations to protect the health of our students, staff and the wider AFTRS community.
A COVID–SAFE COMMUNITY
AFTRS is committed to a safe working and learning environment for everyone in our community. AFTRS has developed and implemented a COVIDSafe Plan that sets out a return to on-campus working and learning. These guidelines and parameters are reviewed by AFTRS Executive weekly and revised in accordance with changing circumstances and government advice.
AFTRS COVID-SAFE PROTOCOLS
We have created AFTRS COVIDSafe Guidelines and Protocols for all staff and students using the AFTRS production spaces – Tech Store, Props and Staging, Costume, Lighting Store, edit suites, recording studios, mix theatre, Video Post etc. – for on all AFTRS sets – whether within the building, in the studios or on location.
A COVID-SAFE CLASSROOM
AFTRS is prioritising hands-on learning to be undertaken on campus. This means learning that cannot be undertaken in another mode. Learning sessions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and some sessions may be changed as the situation in the community evolves.
The below provides a summary of the current measures and guidelines from our COVIDSafe Plan to ensure our on-campus learning can be COVIDSafe.
HYGIENE AND BUILDING CLEANING
There is an increased cleaning schedule throughout the building.
- All staff and students are asked to wash hands before an on campus learning session.
- There will be hand sanitiser, disinfectant and wipes provided through-out the building and in classrooms for use by staff and students.
- Everyone is required to clean the area they are using before and after their use
- Each specialist learning space has been reviewed for best practice cleaning – this includes appropriate cleaning chemicals, and protocols and regularly disinfect high touch surfaces.
- Use of specialist teaching equipment will come with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and must be used as instructed.
- All bins in the building have had their lids removed to allow for hands free use.
- Food – please eat outside maintaining physical distancing from others. Do not share food.
- Drink – please bring your own water or beverages into the building.
- Students and staff are required to maintain 1.5 meters between them and others as they move around the building; this includes in the classroom, on set or anywhere in the building.
- Teaching spaces will have no more than one person per four square metres of floor space.
- Rooms capacity is posted on the classrooms and will be observed and monitored.
- Students and staff are asked not to congregate in the foyer or in the hallways or stairways.
- In computer labs, students will be stationed with a least one terminal between each user.
- There will be floor markings throughout the building to remind about appropriate distances.
- Start times have been staggered across the school to limit overlap and congestion in the public spaces.
- Wearing of masks in all areas of the AFTRS building and while working on productions is mandatory.
- AFTRS provide disposable and cloth masks for staff and student however these are limited so we strongly encourage everyone to bring their own masks.
- AFTRS acknowledges that wearing a mask can be stressful and uncomfortable and more breaks will be scheduled into activities.
GROUP SIZES AND LIMITING CONTACT
Students group sizes have been reduced to ensure we meet the room capacity requirements and adhere to social distancing measures.
OUTSIDE LEARNING SPACES
There are a number of outdoor spaces available around the school; weather permitting and if appropriate to achieve the learning outcomes of the session classes may be held outside.
HEALTH CHECK AND ATTENDANCE
A COVID Safety Supervisor is on campus each day to conduct a temperature check of all staff and students and record attendance on campus. Anyone attempting to avoid these measures will be refused entry to the building.
The most effective defence against the transmission of COVID-19 is for people who are unwell or have any symptoms, to stay at home. All of us have a responsibility to monitor our health.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include –
- fever (37.5 ° or higher)
- sore/scratchy throat
- shortness of breath
- loss of smell or
- loss of taste
Find a testing clinic here.