COVID-19

Trinity Theological College is committed to continuing in its mission to train people for effective Christian service under these new circumstances. Our primary concern in this context is for the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and all other members of the Trinity community.

UPDATE 30 April 2021

In light of the good news from Mark McGowan announced on Thursday, we will be able to return to College for face-to-face teaching next week. We do have some requirements to follow when we all return:

  • No person awaiting a COVID test and/or who has visited a potential exposure site should come to Trinity House. Please get tested if you visited an exposure site.
  • Face masks are required at all times except when eating, drinking, or lecturing while at Trinity House.
  • Physical distancing will be observed in classrooms, library, and other spaces.
  • Please continue to practice routine hand-washing and sanitizing.
  • Sign-in to Trinity House via SafeWA QR code or the registration tablets at reception or in the library.
  • We also maintain the “stay home if unwell” policy. If you need to miss class, email your lecturer(s) and the Registrar Office.
  • The Library is open to students according to the following hours:
    • Today, the library will close at 4:30pm.
    • But, you can access it from this Saturday.
    • Next week you can stay after 4:30pm per normal.
  • Non-student library members can access the library from next Monday.
  • College Chapel will meet Tuesday at 12:30pm on Level 2 according to the spacing we had previously two weeks. We plan to sing in chapel but will need to keep masks on.
  • Community Lunch will be able to take place Level 1.
  • Morning Tea breaks can proceed as usual: classes meeting on Level 1 have break on Level 1, classes meeting on Level 2 break to Level 3.
  • The Trinity Crèche will be running.
  • Students can use the refrigerators for storing lunches, as well as microwaves for heating pre-cooked meals.

If students have any questions or have special circumstances that will make the coming week difficult for you, please contact reception@ttc.wa.edu.au and we will do our best to assist you.

Other Information

From 5 December 2020  Trinity Theological College is required to maintain a contact register for everyone entering the College premises for longer than 15 minutes. This requirement by the WA Health Department is to enable COVID-19 contact tracing if required. If a person who has been at the  College is later diagnosed with COVID-19 staff from the Department of Health will access the information and carry out contact tracing.  

On arrival at the College you will therefore need to sign in. There are two options:

  1. QR code on display near lift/stairwell, outside library and at reception.
    Scan with your smart phone using the free WA Government SafeWA app. The app can be downloaded from Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Your name, telephone number, location and time of arrival will be collected, data encrypted and stored by WA Health for 28 days.
  2. Register on tablet provided at library counter or reception desk. Your name, telephone number, location and time of arrival will be collected and securely stored by the College for a period of 28 days. Should there be a confirmed case of COVID-19 or on request this information will be made available to WA Health Department.

We thank you for your assistance with this requirement. If you have any questions or concerns please speak with one of our staff.

Trinity is prayerfully and pragmatically responding as best we can in this circumstance, and we ask for your support. Please follow Government directives to mitigate the spread of the virus by following proper personal hygiene and isolation guidelines. Please follow Trinity procedures when visiting Trinity House. Please remain calm and prayerfully look for ways you can serve those around you who may need assistance. Above all, please keep your eyes on the one who is Father to us all.

Health & Hygiene

Stay up to date on the COVID-19 situation at the following sites:

There is new signage around the building encouraging heightened personal hygiene and social distancing. We are asking everyone who enters the building to abide by these guidelines.

Our staff have enacted heightened procedures around cleanliness of common areas, surfaces, and wet areas. This includes twice-daily (at a minimum) sanitization.

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If you have any queries about the situation generally with the Certificate in Christian Studies program, please feel free to contact Kelly at ccs@ttc.wa.edu.au or 9228 9067.

Information for Students

The Australian College of Theology has some information that may help students at this time.

Students should contact their lecturers or Pastoral Care Group leaders for the most current information about their studies and how our latest COVID-19 procedures will impact them.

Student Support

Students should contact the Registrar Office for student support services.  For pastoral care, students should contact their Pastoral Care Group leader or their lecturers. There are also helpful support options available through the ACT website, for health, telehealth, mental health, and financial support.

Trinity COVID-19 Response Procedure

If a suspected case of COVID-19 occurs on the premises, Trinity has the following procedure in place:

  1. The person presenting with symptoms will be isolated, supported in accessing health services, and sent home.
  2. The potentially infected person will be asked to not return to the campus until it is confirmed by a health authority that they are not contagious and are in good health.
  3. The Trinity Business Manager, who is coordinating the critical response, will call the Public Health Information Hotline (1800 004 599) and seek advice.
  4. The college will notify students and staff that there is a possible case of infection under investigation.

If a confirmed case of COVID-19 occurs:

  1. Students, staff, and previous visitors to the College will be notified that the case is confirmed.
  2. Trinity will liaise with public health services and any advice received will be followed.
  3. Any persons associated with the college who had exposure to the infected person (i.e. face-to-face contact of 15mins or more or sharing a common space for 2 hours or more) will be asked to quarantine themselves for a period of 14 days.
  4. The College will be closed for a period of 14 days. Tenants will be advised of the situation.
  5. Alternative work arrangements will be made to facilitate adequate social distancing of staff and work from home arrangements will be maximally utilised for the period of 14 days.

Notification Policy

If you have come into contact with someone who is confirmed of having contracted COVID-19 and/or been diagnosed with COVID-19 yourself and have used Trinity House during the suspected incubation period (approximately 48 hours) please email our Business Manager Joe Triglone at business.manager@ttc.wa.edu.au or call the College on 08 9228 9067. If you need to call us outside of business hours, you can call the College mobile phone on 0456 713 851.

Remember to also isolate yourself at your place of residence and immediately contact the Health Direct Hotline – 1800 022 222 (24/7), or your usual doctor and inform them of your travel history or contact with a potential case of COVID-19. Please also reach out to your church community for pastoral and practical support.

Conclusion

Please join us in praying for our government, health services, and churches in their sacrificial response to these difficult circumstances. We know that our Heavenly Father is watching over us during this time, and we pray that His peace settles on you all.

If you have any specific prayer needs, please email development@ttc.wa.edu.au. We are putting together a prayer team that will respond to your requests.

Any questions can be directed to our Development & Communications Coordinator, Nat Brown, at nat.brown@ttc.wa.edu.au or 08 9228 9067.