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.

 

CURRENT GUIDELINES

Our COVID-19 response Team along with the staff have a series of responses for the various scenarios ready to roll-out if needed.

As always, the health and safety of our staff, students and visitors to the college remains our number one priority.

Access to Trinity House:

1. If you are unwell DO NOT enter Trinity House, DO NOT return books or other items you have borrowed to the library, staff, students or College.
2. If you have cold or flu like symptoms (e.g. fever, acute respiratory symptoms, acute loss of smell or taste) DO seek medical advice and if necessary have testing done for COVID-19.
3. If you have attended a COVID-19 exposure site and/or gone for a COVID-19 test, please advise the Registrar (Students) or Business Manager (Staff and Visitors) immediately and stay away from the building until you have received a negative test result, have been released from quarantine or advised it is safe to do so. Also notify us when you have received your results.
4. If you become unwell when already in the building, please let a member of staff know immediately and they will assist you in isolating and getting other assistance as needed.

 

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

  • The close contact definition has been relaxed as of Thursday 14/04/2022. Please refer to the WA government website for the definition of a close contact and the latest WA Isolation protocols and procedures.
  • The ACT 80% on campus attendance requirement remains in place during COVID. Therefore students are expected to attend class unless they are required to isolate or are unwell. In these cases, you would be excused from class.
  • On-campus attendance is expected for all students unless they are affected by COVID isolation and/or illness.
  • Zoom lectures are being provided where possible only for students who are required to isolate / stay home due to COVID. Isolating students who zoom into class will be marked as ‘in attendance’.
  • Excused absences still apply for other medical reasons that result in an absence from class. A medical certificate is required where possible.  
  • Students are reminded to contact their lecturer and the registrar when they are unable to attend class providing the reason for their absence.

 

Hand hygiene, cleaning and infection protocols

1. Masks are required to be worn inside the College. We encourage all Staff, Students and Visitors to the College to carry a mask.
2. Practice good hand hygiene and hand washing technique for infection control. Hand sanitizing stations are available on entry to each level of the building and library. You are encouraged to also sanitize or wash on entry to any of the kitchen areas and the library and before & after using shared computers/printers/touch screen/books/journals.
3. Physical distancing of 1.5 metres is encouraged wherever possible.
4. Payments should be made by EFTPOS using contactless payments where possible.

 

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.

 

Trinity@Night and Trinity in Town

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.

 

Support 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.