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 15 July 2021

Recent events have reminded us that Coronavirus is still very much a part of our world. Fortunately the spread has been very low and able to be managed here in WA, however as we have seen things can change quickly. We may need to respond rapidly to requests from the WA Government to implement restrictions or even return to lockdown during the coming semester.

Our COVID-19 response Team along with the staff have a series of responses for the various scenarios ready to roll-out if needed. You will be notified by email so please check your emails regularly, particularly if there are government announcements of changes to COVID restrictions.

As always, the health and safety of our staff, students and visitors to the college remains our number one priority. This document has been prepared based on the most recent guidelines from the WA Government and Safe Work Australia as we transition out of the post lock down phase.

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.
5. Sign in, each day via the SafeWA app or LobbyApp on TTC Tablets when you arrive at Trinity. Sign in points are on entry to level 1, 2 or 3, the library, T@N or TTC events.

Hand hygiene, cleaning and infection protocols

1. Masks are not required to be worn inside the College, however they may be required where physical distancing is not possible. 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. Cleaning: Cleaners will carry out a twice weekly clean, including all high-touch areas, throughout level 1, level 2, level 3 and common areas of the building. Cleaning equipment will be available for students and/or staff who wish to use to wipe down tables prior to or at the end of classes, meetings or when shared with others.
5. We are asking that everyone remove all towels, clothing and personal items from the bathroom.
6. Payments should be made by EFTPOS using contactless payments where possible.

Library

1. Prior to departure from the library students/staff/patrons are encouraged to clean their desks using the provided gloves, disinfectant, masks and protective eye wear. Please apply cleaning fluid to cloth to minimize spread of chemicals.
2. The library is now open to library members, students, staff and visitors. The College reserves the right to amend this policy if circumstances change.

Kitchen, Food preparation and handling

1. Kitchen facilities on level 2 are available for staff and on level 1 and 3 for students.
2. Staff and students are encouraged to bring ready prepared food, personal crockery and cutlery for their own personal use. Food can be prepared and cooked on site using microwave, toasters, toasted sandwich machine, hot plate or oven Please follow the food handlers’ guidelines in step 5 and clean up after yourself.
3. Staff and students are encouraged to bring their own hot drink cup or select and label one from TTC supply. These should be washed and stored for their personal use whilst in the building. Paper cups will also be made available.
4. Preparation of food for morning tea and events can be done by staff/volunteers. Food handling guidelines must be followed and hand sanitizing or gloves are required for preparation. Shared platters can again be provided. Serving of food is to be done with appropriate utensils (not fingers). Disposable one use cutlery and crockery is preferred however reusable crockery or cutlery can be used. It must be washed thoroughly in hot soapy water and dried with clean tea towels.
5. Food handlers should:
     a. Wash their hands frequently when preparing foods, after going to the bathroom, after handling money and after touching their face or hair by handwashing with     soap under warm running water for more than 20 seconds or with hand sanitizer;
     b. Thoroughly dry hands and use a single use towel to reduce transfer of pathogens to the hand and subsequently to the food or food equipment;
     c. Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose; and
     d. Avoid touching areas that have been in direct contact with any other person and wash their hands after touching areas/items that other persons have had contact with.

 

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.

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.

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.