The safety and wellbeing of our students is our primary concern and we are doing
everything we can to minimise the risks to students.
COVID-19 Status, March 26 2020
Dear St Ann’s College Students, Families and Community,
I should like to thank you for your support and understanding during these unique circumstances we are all facing with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which is probably the greatest challenge St Ann’s has faced in its more than 70 year history.
We are meeting the challenge head on and our students have been both flexible and resilient as the impact of the pandemic unfolds. I must congratulate them for responding so responsibly to the rapidly changing circumstances and guidelines.
The latest COVID-19 advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee specifically mentions residential student colleges, advising: ‘Consideration should be given to closing student residential accommodation.’
At this time, we advise that all students who have the opportunity to return home or seek alternate accommodation, do so as soon as possible. Please be aware that as travel restrictions increase and the Covid-19 virus spreads in Australia, the opportunity to return home will diminish. We will continueto support students who for a variety of good reasons, have to remain in the College until directed to do so by the government or the relevant health authorities.
In recent weeks, the management of St Ann’s has held extensive discussions to establish a strategic approach that takes into account all possibilities.
As a result, for the safety and wellbeing of all our students, we have given encouragement and full assistance to everyone who has expressed a wish to return home.
Please be assured we are putting formal processes in place to maintain regular contact with students as they study remotely. We are committed to conducting academic monitoring with every student. We will facilitate and provide links to academic tutors, as well as guidance to help students make the most of their institution’s online learning.
The College has an enviable reputation for supporting students to achieve a high level of academic excellence with a pass rate of more than 90% and up to one third of all students receiving a medal for recording more High Distinctions and Distinctions than any other grade, we are committed – even in these unprecedented circumstances – to supporting students to perform to the best of their ability.
Naturally, the physical and mental health of our students, their families and our staff remain our key priority. We wish everyone well and look forward to seeing all our students back at St Ann’s as soon as we are advised by the appropriate authorities that normal operations can resume.
The Principal and office staff remain available to all students who have any questions or concerns. I also will issue periodic updates to ensure everyone is promptly informed of the latest developments.
Any family members who wish to contact the college should use our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise von Wald
Principal and CEO
COVID-19 Status, March 16 2020
- To date, none of our students or staff has tested positive, knowingly been in contact with someone who has had the virus or has any symptoms of the virus.
- Should students wish to return home immediately, we will support them.
- Any student with underlying health issues is encouraged to prioritise their safety and return home as soon as possible.
- If you are feeling unwell for any reason, please notify the office and/or your corridor Tutor or Tutor on duty. Regardless of the reason for your
illness, you will be encouraged to take meals in your room. Depending upon your symptoms and risk factors, you may be able to continue to
move around the College or may be asked to further self-isolate until we can arrange to have you tested.
- Gatherings of more than 99 people are banned; the College strongly recommends parties or gatherings of more than 5 people be reconsidered.
- It is mandatory that students use sign-in and sign-out sheets in all designated public areas. It is in the best interest of the College as it may mitigate the need for all of us to go into quarantine or isolation.
- Use the hand sanitisers as you enter and exit the building, corridors and rooms. We encourage you to open windows and fresh air should be used as a preference over air conditioning.
We will continue to monitor the situation and implement changes as soon as they are appropriate, which could include a request for all students who are not required to attend university (and who have a safe transit option) to return home. Our three university partners have largely moved or are moving to online
There is information indicating that the virus is likely to peak in May/June with some form of restriction likely to remain in place until the last quarter of 2020.
We thank you for your understanding at this time. Please contact me should you require additional information or wish to discuss this ever-changing crisis.
Denise von Wald
Principal and CEO
COVID-19 Precautions taken to date and plans for the future
Have received and acted on advice by SA Health
Symptom and action plan flowchart circulated to all senior staff COVID19
Have recommended the cancellation of all College and College Club sanctioned events
Have cancelled all Kitchen Duty
Staggered Meal times A-M first half of meal service N-Z second half
Established procedures and protocols for students who are self-isolating or in
isolation including meal service to rooms of all students wishing or needing to self-isolate
Stocked disposable plates, cup, cutlery for use when students are in isolation
Are disinfecting all stair rails, door knobs, light switches and surfaces in common areas daily (extra vigilance)
Installed 37 Hand Sanitisers around the College (six weeks ago with a regular service contract)
Introduced Social Distancing in common areas, including one empty seat between each person during all meal times
Introduced a Sign in/out Register for all Common Areas
Stopped all overnight guests and short-term accommodation
Introduced a Sign in/out Register for all day visitors to the College
Set up a designated isolation facility at 288 Melbourne Street
Have identified alternative catering options off-site
Have identified deep or pandemic cleaning resources in the event of a confirmed case and temporary closure