Coronavirus (COVID-19)

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO STUDENTS AND STAFF: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Tuesday 26 October 2021

Important notice to students and staff: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At Macquarie Community College (MCC) we are committed to putting our community first. These are the proactive steps we are taking to ensure your safety.

We monitor and act on the official advice of Government

We maintain all COVID-19 restrictions put in place at any given time by the NSW Government or Commonwealth Government agencies.

As the current COVID-19 situation is changing on a regular basis, Macquarie Community College monitors the situation closely and reviews advice regularly to ensure we are responding appropriately to changing levels of restrictions.

Further information and updates are available via the NSW Return to VET Guidelines


What You Need To Know

Macquarie Community College is pleased to announce a staged return to some face-to-face training from November 2021. As NSW has now reached 80% double vaccination rates, classes with practical skills components that cannot be delivered remotely will return. This is in keeping with the NSW Department of Education NSW Return to VET Guidelines and our updated COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Our COVID-19 Safety Plan includes the following key principles:

  • Home-based learning will continue for most of our enrolled students. Courses that can be delivered by zoom and online will remain online for the remainder of the year.
  • Staff will continue to work from home unless rostered to be on site.
  • Staff and students with even the mildest of symptoms, such as a headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, should not attend the college, even if fully vaccinated. They should get tested and self-isolate until cleared. Students can contact us for a credit or refund.
  • Student numbers on each site will be limited to allow social distancing to be maintained.
  • All staff, students and visitors to our sites will be required to follow a range of safety measures including QR code check in, use of hand sanitiser, managing common area usage and wearing masks.
  • Ventilation of training rooms will be site-specific. Reverse cycle air-conditioning units will not be used. Windows and doors will be opened to promote natural airflow.
  • Sanitisation and cleaning equipment and processes are in place in all sites.
  • Check in procedures are mandatory – using QR codes or manual alternatives for people without smart phones.
  • Masks are mandatory indoors under current Public Health orders. This includes when entering and leaving the sites, in all common areas and in classrooms (with the exception of exercise-based classes).
  • Some specific arrangements may vary, and additional regulations may apply for some community venues, specific courses and for students and staff covered under the Public Health Order covering schools, aged care and childcare. These requirements are being added to the class details as they become available, and all students enrolled in courses that may be affected will be directly advised of the requirements that apply.
  • While we are very excited to start the process of re-opening we understand that it is still a time of significant uncertainty and change. We request and appreciate your support in navigating these changing requirements.

    As the start dates approach for each class, we will keep you informed of any changes.

    In the event that a scheduled class cannot be run we will be in touch about reschedules, cancellations, credits and refunds.

    For more information on our COVID-19 safety plan read more below, contact our Customer Service Team on 1300 845 888 or info@macquarie.nsw.edu.au


    Mixed modes of learning – Remote and in-person (on campus) classes

    We have developed our remote learning capability during the rapidly changing times of COVID-19.

    In addition to our face-toface classes on campus and in community venues we now have an extensive range and a wide variety of online learning options.

    Our COVID-19 safety plan involves offering mixed modes of learning – in person and remote. We can switch between modes should ongoing restrictions require it.

    The focus is keeping you safe and keeping you learning. For the most up to date class information check out our website for further details about our programs.

    Check out our website for further details about our programs.

    If you would like to contact us about a current class you are enrolled in, or a future class that you would like to enrol in our friendly Customer Service Team remain available to assist you with any questions you may have:

  • Phone: Call 1300 845 888

  • Email: info@macquarie.nsw.edu.au

  • Live Chat: www.macquarie.nsw.edu.au
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    Help us keep our College community COVID-Safe

    We ask that all students, staff and visitors follow our strict COVID-19 protocols when visiting our campuses:

  • PLEASE ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT before turning up at any of our campuses if you are not there to attend a class. You can call our Customer Service Team on 1300 845 888 to make an appointment.

  • DO NOT ATTEND in person if you have any flu-like symptoms and coughs – stay home from class and seek medical advice.

  • DO NOT ATTEND if you are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test and have been told to self-isolate.

  • DO NOT ATTEND if you have been in close contact with a person that has tested positive and you have been told to self-isolate.

  • DO NOT ATTEND if you have recently been overseas or spent time in a COVID-19 “hotspot” and should be self-isolating.

  • BEFORE YOU VISIT – PLEASE CHECK the daily list of case alerts in case you might have spent time at the same place as someone who has tested positive.

  • BEFORE YOU ENTER you will be required to sanitise your hands, sign in using NSW Health’s QR code.

  • You must follow all instructions and signage about social distancing, hand and cough hygiene – verbally from staff or on signage and notices.