Update 30 March 2020
From Monday the 30th of March, North Coast Community College paused delivery of face-to-face courses. Office staff will be working remotely to provide you with continued service and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will be contactable by phone during our usual customer service hours of 9am-3pm Monday to Friday and by email, however face to face service has now ceased. For correspondence being sent to the Office, it is preferred that this is emailed to us if possible for bio-security reasons.
Fax services are no longer available, so please use alternative correspondence methods.
In the meantime, you should not notice any difference in the level of customer service you receive and look forward to helping our community in this unprecedented time. We will continue to reassess the situation as it evolves.
The College and community staff health and well-being are a priority to us all. We will be working closely with government officials and, the other States to provide innovative ways to keep students engaged. Our priority is to continue to support our students and community through this tough time and stay connected.
If you have or know of anyone with innovative ways of keeping in touch and connected please share these via email to email@example.com
Keep an eye on our website https://northcoastcc.edu.au/ and social media pages for updates and ideas and most of all keep learning.
Stay safe and healthy and hopefully we will be back to normal as soon as possible.
COVID-19 update 23 March 2020
We would like to provide you with updated information with regard to temporary measures affecting all North Coast Community College course delivery and let you know our plans for supporting students, staff and our community during this current time with the COVID-19 circulating.
Over the coming weeks, North Coast Community will be OPEN for business and continue to develop new ways of providing you with the essential training that you require during these unpresented times. Our regular short courses will continue to run, remember to also keep an eye on our website for NEW and updated course offerings.
We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone and NCCC are here to support you through your studies over the coming weeks.
During this time student support shall be provided by your NCCC Student Support Officers and can be contacted directly on the below details.
Yamba: Lou Larder ssoCG@northcoastcc.edu.au
Alstonville: Emma Sullivan ssoRT@northcoastcc.edua.u
We encourage you to keep motivated and keep learning.
Over the course of this week, we will be considering social distancing and in a way that best supports our students needs during this time. This includes, support via the phone, and email and we will be looking at ways to implement a targeted approach to online learning and providing you with the opportunity to attend video tutorials with a trainer.
NCCC shall keep you fully informed of any changes to these temporary operational measures.
Take care and If there is anything we can do to support you during this time, please do not hesitate in getting in touch via email and phone.
Update for staff and students about coronavirus (COVID-19) – 17th March 2020
Given the current escalation by the World Health Organisation which outlines the arrangements for the effective and efficient management of businesses and containment during the COVID-19 pandemic North Coast Community College, under the advice of the Department of Education and NSW Health is monitoring and responding to the unfolding international Coronavirus situation.
Please note North Coast Community College is currently open and classes are continuing to run as normal. North Coast Community College will follow advice from authorities regarding the need to close facilities or suspend classes. We are working closely with our partner organisations to make an informed decision regarding work placement.
At this stage, if there is a need to close a facility or suspend classes, you will be notified via email.
I will be meeting with the Executive Board of North Coast Community College on Wednesday 18th March 2020 to discuss these developments, However, until then we will continue to monitor the situation closely and take advice from NSW Health to ensure we are responding appropriately.
Consistent with current guidelines from NSW Health, if you (student, staff) are unwell you should stay at home and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
People can catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. If they are standing within one metre of a person with COVID-19, they can catch it by breathing in droplets coughed out or exhaled by the infected person. In other words, COVID-19 spreads in a similar way to the flu.
Most persons infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and recover. However, some go on to experience more severe illness and may require hospital care. The risk of serious illness rises with age: people over 40 seem to be more vulnerable than those under 40. People with weakened immune systems and people with conditions such as diabetes and heart and lung disease are also more susceptible to serious illness.
In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are those who have recently been in mainland China and Iran, or have been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of coronavirus.
On 15 March, the Australian Government put in place new measures for people arriving in Australia:
- Individuals must self-isolate for a period of 14 days on arrival to Australia, including returning Australian citizens and residents.
You are also required to self-isolate if you:
- have been diagnosed with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- are under medical assessment for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- have had close contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Individuals who meet this criteria, are also excluded from educational facilities such as schools and North Coast Community College.
Students and staff currently excluded from attending North Coast Community College are those who in the last 14 days have:
- Been in contact with any confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
- Arrived in Australia by any means.
If you meet these circumstances, you must be isolated in your home for 14 days, other than for individual medical care.
Students and staff who returned to Australia more than 14 days ago and have shown no symptoms are able to return to educational facilities.
NSW Health has processes in place to identify any contacts of cases confirmed in Australia. Any advice to these contacts will be provided directly by NSW Health.
For more information
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and take advice from NSW Health to ensure we are responding to the situation appropriately.
Further COVID-19 information and updates are available via the NSW Health website, including:
Please continue to take the appropriate precautions, washing of hands, ensuring you are practicing good hygiene and we would again ask that you notify us if you become aware of anyone (e.g.: staff, contactors, clients and customers) who have recently visited the college who have advised you that they are not feeling well or have contracted the virus, so we can advise other occupants of the building.
We will be in touch in the coming days with further developments
In light of the current situation in relation to the Coronavirus and the recent increase in reported numbers of the population who have contracted the virus, we need to ensure we are taking the appropriate precautions.
Please take the appropriate precautions, washing of hands, placing up the poster in each of the class rooms and we would ask that you notify us if you become aware of anyone (e.g.: staff, contactors, clients and customers) who have recently visited the college who have advised you that they have contracted the virus, so we can advise other occupants of the building.
Attached for your information is the latest advice we have sourced from the Department of Health’s web site on the Coronavirus, which may assist us in developing a protocol should the need arise. Also the attached posters should be printed and placed on display in each campus.
Further information can be found at:
Latest Australian Government advice
On 10 March 2020, the Australian Government updated its advice to Australians about Coronavirus. That advice, taken directly from the Australian Government’s Department of Health Website is as follows:
The Australian Government considers the following countries to be a higher risk for contracting Coronavirus:
- Mainland China
- Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Broadly speaking, if persons are returning from mainland China, the Republic of Korea or Iran they should isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving mainland China, the Republic of Korea or Iran.
For persons arriving in Australia from Italy, they must present for health screening at the border as directed. Unless instructed to isolate, persons are not required to isolate at home. However, healthcare workers and residential aged care workers should not attend work for 14 days after leaving Italy.
The Government advice can be located here. https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
The Australian Government considers that persons who have recently travelled to the countries below are at ‘moderate risk’ and should monitor their health for 14 days after leaving these countries:
- Hong Kong
In the following scenarios staff and students can not go to work/attend courses at the College if they have:
- Are feeling unwell and may be suffering flu-like symptoms;
- have been in contact with someone who has or may have been in contact with someone who has Coronavirus; or
- have travelled to an area affected by the Coronavirus (such as China)
- left, or transited through mainland China in the last 14 days (they must isolate themselves for 14 days from leaving mainland China)
- left, or transited through Iran on or after 1 March, they must isolate themselves until 14 days after leaving Iran