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COVID-19 Information

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.

 

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

  • 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.

 

MASKS

  • Masks are mandatory in all public spaces and in classrooms.
  • 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.

Mask essentials with Dr. Norman Swan
More on masks

 

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 nurse 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)
  • cough
  • sore/scratchy throat
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of smell or
  • loss of taste

Find a testing clinic here.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

1. I’m applying to study in 2021, will classes be back to 100% face to face on campus by then?

It’s hard to predict when classes will return 100% face to face on campus. AFTRS follows government advice and monitors the situation on a daily basis. Whilst social distancing rules are in place and there are limits to the number of people who can gather in the one place, AFTRS will continue to limit the number of people on campus at any given time and teach only the subjects that require campus facilities, on campus.

2. Which classes are delivered online and which are on campus face to face?

We are prioritising hands-on learning on campus that can’t be done online. Any class that doesn’t require specific facilities or resources will be taught online via zoom and in Moodle. Only classes that require students to be physically in the building will be taught face to face.

3.  Can I use the facilities at AFTRS when I’m not in class?

You can book and use the facilities on campus only if the use is directly related to a production or classwork.

4. I don’t have great internet at home, can I come to AFTRS to use the internet?

Unfortunately, no. Due to restrictions on the number of people who can gather at one time in the one place, students are only able to come to the building for a class or for use of facilities for classwork. If you are experiencing IT issues, we encourage you to reach out to our support desk for advice and help.
5. Do I have to wear a mask in the building?

Yes, it is mandatory for all staff and students to wear a mask in all public spaces in AFTRS. These include the foyer, classrooms, corridors, stairwells, kitchens and bathrooms.

6. I am applying to study at AFTRS and I live outside of Sydney and I will need to find accommodation in Sydney. What happens if I secure accommodation but then face to face learning is cancelled?

In Semester 2, AFTRS has returned to on-campus delivery for all classes that cannot be delivered online. However, we must be prepared to cease on-campus delivery should the number of cases in NSW rise significantly. As this is a day by day scenario, we cannot guarantee that we won’t have to cancel on-campus classes in the future. If you are experiencing financial hardship, we encourage you to reach out to the student centre who will be able to provide you with advice and support.

7. What happens if a student or staff member tests positive?

If a member of staff or student tests positive all close contacts will be notified and required to self-isolate and get tested. On-campus classes will be suspended and the campus will undergo a deep clean. No one will be allowed back into the building until it has been confirmed that it is safe to do so.

8. What measures is AFTRS taking to keep staff and students safe on campus?

  • AFTRS has made masks mandatory in all public spaces on campus and has a limited number of masks (cloth and disposable) available.
  • There is a health check upon entry to campus each day for students and staff looking at temperatures and asking screening questions.
  • A QR Code check-in system has been implemented to ensure that it is known who is in the building when.
  • Hygiene stations have been set up throughout the campus with hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes.
  • Extra cleaning has been rostered on throughout the day.
  • There is a limit to the number of students in each classroom ensuring that 4 square metres are kept between each student in the room.
  • All classes that can be taught online are being taught via zoom and Moodle