2 April 2020

Good Afternoon,

The good news continues in that we have no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus relating to any of our staff or students at any of our campuses, as at today Thursday 2nd April 2020.

Why staying at home will slow the spread of coronavirus
The Government’s strict new regulations around social gatherings are designed to limit unnecessary contact and therefore exposure to coronavirus. As you will have read from other countries’ experiences, this is a critical tool to slow the spread of this virus.

Each day the Department for Health and Human Services provides an update on the latest number of cases available to the public.

As of today more than 49,000 people have been tested in Victoria and there have been 1035 confirmed cases of coronavirus. This equates to 0.01% of Victoria’s 6.3m population. Of those cases 828 are in Melbourne and 193 are in regional areas.

In total 422 (or 40%) have already recovered which means there are just 613 people currently with the infection and of those 36 are in hospital. In total, five people have died. These statistics show that the chance of contracting the virus in Victoria is relatively low right now.

However, there are now 57 confirmed cases of community transmission in Victoria which means the person with coronavirus has not been overseas, or had close personal contact with someone who has. This growing number is the reason that it is essential to stay at home if you can.

The more exposure to other people and places you have, the higher the chance of becoming unwell. Details explaining when you are allowed to leave your home are published here.

Attending TAFE to work or study is still allowed because education is an essential service. But with the majority of classes now set up to provide learning in some form via online methods, we are seeing a huge reduction in on-campus attendance.

If you are on campus, please adhere to the social distancing guidance of remaining 2m away from others, and ensure you are washing your hands regularly. We have produced some videos to help explain these steps:



1 April 2020

We are pleased to still be able to report that we have no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus on any of our Kangan Institute sites as at today, April 1st 2020.

We are seeing very few students around campus now with most classes moving to an online delivery and remote model, and of course many of our students are also on term break. But libraries are open should anyone need to use Moodle or access the internet.

To reiterate, as an essential service TAFEs are not subject to the new restrictions on social gatherings that came into force at midnight Monday. But to clarify, these do mean that if you are outside you home for anything other an essential outing, there can be no more than two of you together – excluding anyone who you already live with.

The Department of Health and Human Services has published the new rules so you can take a close look if you are unsure.

Isolation innovations
Having your classroom in your house will be a big change for many students and has no doubt led to a lot of creative approaches – we'd love to hear yours. Please send your tips and photos about "attending" class from home to corporatecommunications@kangan.edu.au

Here's a tall person's solution to not having a stand-up desk at home… not sure how the cats feel about sharing their scratching tower though!

Employment Centre fully operational
Our Employment Centre is fully operational and offering our free assistance to all our current students and recent graduates. The friendly team has adapted operations in these unusual times, and now offers appointments online, on the phone and via email and will help with:

  • Resume and application letters
  • Key selection criteria
  • Interview techniques 
  • Job search assistance and advice
  • Access to vacancies advertised through the centre

Co​ntact them on 9279 2459 or 1300 484 335 or email employmentcentre@kangan.edu.au


Coronavirus health information
The Australian Government has created a new app where it shares all its up to date information about coronavirus, including what to do if you think you have been exposed or if you have any health concerns. You can access the app here.

31 March 2020

Good afternoon everyone.

Firstly, to reassure you, there are no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 at any of the Kangan Institute campuses as at 31 March 2020. Maintaining your strict social distancing and hygiene practices is playing a part in this and slowing the spread of the virus, thank you.

Stage 3 restrictions now in place
You may be aware that the Government moved to Stage 3 of its coronavirus response from midnight last night, and that means more restrictions on social gatherings. People may now only socialise with up to two other people other than those in their household. This is due to the thousands of people ignoring the health advice over the weekend to stay home and away from others, and if people are found to be in breach of these new rules, they can be fined $1600.

As an education facility we are an essential service, so this does not apply on our campuses. But we do ask that if you are working or studying on any of the Kangan Institute sites you practice good social distancing and of course, good personal hygiene.

Friday 27 March 2020

Good afternoon,

We come to the end of another tough week, and one that has seen significant change for our organisation.

It is important to note that we end the week with no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus COVID-19. Maintaining your strict social distancing and hygiene practices is playing a part in this and slowing the spread of the virus, thank you.


Digital delivery
It has been a week of phenomenal change for students and staff as we transitioned as many courses as possible into digital and remote delivery modes. Many are already up and running in the new formats successfully while some will take longer, and may have less adaptable components.

As a TAFE we are proud to be leading the way with our flexibility and ability to change quickly. Next week alone the automotive department will run over 100 individual classes through digital means – a huge change from the way we delivered courses even just two weeks ago. This is a credit to all staff and students.


Libraries
As the majority of our students are now completing their course work off campus, it is timely to note that our library services are also available online.

The instruction from Government remains clear that we must continue to operate and support our students, and that applies to libraries. Providing this service using online channels also fulfils our obligations.

The libraries remain open for use by students who need to access Moodle or the internet.

 
Campus changes
The transition to digital delivery and working from home arrangements has had the most visible impact on our smaller campus sites. Visitors to our Castlemaine, Echuca and Moonee Ponds next week will be guided by signage to explain this digital delivery change, and ensure they can still contact who they need to by phone or online.


Change of communications
In crisis management terms, we are now at a point where a significant amount of operational change and readiness planning has been completed. The issues and concerns around the health of our staff and students on campus have eased.

From next week this daily communication will be more functional. It will provide updates on Kangan Institute operational matters, working for home advice, and also lighter content to keep us all connected while we work separately. We will be asking you to share your experiences in this new digital learning world too.

There will be the need for urgent, coronavirus-related communications to be shared but this will only be as required. That type of information will likely come directly from our Chief Executive Sally Curtain.

 
Have a safe and healthy weekend.

Regards,
Kangan Institute​

Thursday 26 March 2020

Good afternoon everyone,

As at 4.30pm Thursday 26 March there are no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus at any of our campuses.

Our campuses are starting to look quite different however, as so many our courses are now being delivered using a range of online channels, and students are completing their courses from home. This shift in delivery is enabling us to remain operational as we are required to by the Government and we’d like to thank everyone for their flexibility.

If that situation changes, you will hear it from us in these updates. The decisions and changes made by other educational facilities will not necessarily apply to us, nor will the decisions Government makes for different industries and services. If in doubt about your work or course requirements, please just ask.

On Campus
For those still on campus, it is good to see the social distancing guidelines being observed where practical. We understand that our legal requirement to stay open is confusing for some, especially as the general health advice is to work from home and isolate.

We have had further clarification from the Department of Education and Training today to reiterate that we must keep providing services for students, including library support. Our libraries are an integral part of our delivery of education and are not regarded as separate operations.

For students who do not have access to Moodle or the internet at home, you are welcome to use your campus library. Please make concerted efforts to respect our library staff and your fellow students. Ensure you are keeping an appropriate distance from other people, wash your hands thoroughly before entering the library and use hand sanitizer if it is available.

If you are sick with a cold or flu, do not use the library, do not go to class or work.​

Café closures
Both remaining Bendigo Campus cafés at BTEC and Charleston Rd sites will temporarily close from tonight, including takeaway options. We will update you when the cafés are reopening.

Health information
The number of coronavirus cases is increasing across Australia as predicted. To slow that growth, we must all continue to be vigilant with our health and hygiene.

  • Wash your hands, use soap and warm water
  • Use hand sanitizer where available
  • Do not cough or sneeze on other people
  • Practice social distancing, be at least 2m from other people in every practical situation

If you have concerns about your health, please follow the required coronavirus guidelines as issued by the Australian Government.​
Regards,
Kangan Institute​

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Good afternoon,

There are no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus at any of our campuses as at 4.30pm today, Wednesday 25 March.

We remain in daily contact with the Department of Education and Training about our obligations as an essential service. This has not changed and we must continue to remain operational in every aspect to deliver our quality education program to our students.

We are not subjected to the same restrictions as pubs, restaurants and public facilities like libraries, and we must remain open and operational so that our students are not disadvantaged. This means transitioning to digital and remote learning, and we are well underway with these changes where possible.
 
Your health and well being

We want to thank everyone for continuing to step up the hygiene practices. Hand washing will help slow the spread of this virus. You may also note our increased campus cleaning cycle. This now comprises a continuous 45-minute rotation to clean all kitchens, restrooms, mirrors, offices, meeting rooms, desk phones, doors and door handles.
 
TAFEs are considered an essential service and have different exemptions from restaurants, cafes, and pubs, but we do need everyone who is still working on site to practice responsible social distancing.

We appreciate this has been confusing. There is a lot of information coming out from Federal Government and State Government about this, and we are constantly seeking clarification in order to follow the correct instructions.

We need to be able to operate and teach, including in courses which have yet to move to a digital or remote teaching option.

  • You must stay 2m away from other people where at all possible.
  • The number of people in a closed area must have the equivalent of 4sq meters per person.  This means dividing the square meters of a room by 4 to determine the capacity.
  • If this means spacing out desks in classrooms and workspaces, please do so immediately
  • Where this is not possible, ie when giving practical instruction to a student or colleague, please limit the time spent within that 2m space to less than 15 minutes.
  • The close connection between people is the most common way the coronavirus spreads. Practice good hygiene, wash your hands and use sanitizer where it is available.

Signage will be going up around campuses from today to remind everyone about the need to maintain social distancing.

We will keep you all updated if there are any changes to our operations.

Regards,
Kangan Institute

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Good afternoon all,

As at 4pm Tuesday 24th March there are no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus, and we want to continue to thank you for the efforts you are all making around social distancing and personal hygiene practices.

Yesterday the Department of Education and Training (DET) clarified our position as an essential service. This is why we must keep our doors open, but we are now allowed to move to digital or remote course delivery models. That means our facilities remain operational but that we will start to have less student activity and attendance on campus.

We appreciate that this is difficult for some people to understand, however it is not our decision to make and we must follow the Government instruction. The health advice given to the DET is that we are able to remain open and that we are exempt from the stricter social distancing rules seen at pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes. However, we must be sensible and take the health advice around hand washing and social distancing seriously.

In most instances, our course delivery will change. This will happen in different timeframes for different courses. Some will already be able to move to a fully digital learning experience and may do so quite quickly; others will take more time to set the new processes up.

Given the current situation and the serious moves in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus, these changes will continue for some time – this could be weeks or even months. At this point we do not know the time frame.

More details will be provided to you about your specific course information or teaching requirements as soon as possible but for now we continue as normal.

Cafe closure

The transition to having less students and staff on campus has prompted the cafés at Broadmeadows and Docklands to close from today.

Other information

The Department of Education and Training is also sharing its general information on its website: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

More health-related information is available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Our coronavirus section of the intranet is the repository of all the information we are sharing and you can find that here.

As you will all be aware, this is an unprecedented global health emergency and the significant measures the Government has announced should be taken very seriously. We know people are concerned and worried, and it is absolutely understandable in this time of uncertainty. Your health and well-being is extremely important to us.

Monday 23 March 2020

Good afternoon all,

There are no known or suspected cases of coronavirus COVID-19 at any of the Kangan Institute campuses as at 4.30pm Monday 23 March.

As we have seen over the weekend and throughout today, the federal and state governments are all moving swiftly with extremely strict measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
 
The Department of Education and Training has clarified our position as an essential service, but is also allowing us to move to digital or remote course delivery models. That means our facilities remain open and operational, but we will start to have less student activity and attendance on campus.

This change will happen in different time frames for different courses. Some will already be able to move to a fully digital learning experience and may do so quite quickly; others will take more time to set the new processes up.

Given the current situation and the serious moves in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus, this new model of course delivery will continue for the time being.  We should assume that to be weeks or even months, rather than days.

More details will be provided to you about your specific course as soon as possible but for now we continue as normal.
 
Our campuses are open and, as an essential service, we are exempt from the more restrictive social distancing that other parts of the community must follow. However, we do ask that everyone practice the social distancing of keeping 2m apart where possible. Please take every precaution with your health. Wash your hands with warm soapy water, and do that for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if it is available. Do not come to class or work if you are unwell.

As you will all be aware, this is an unprecedented global health emergency and the significant measures the Government has announced should be taken very seriously.

We know people are concerned and worried, and it is absolutely understandable in this time of uncertainty. Your health and well-being is extremely important to us.

Thanks for your patience at this very difficult and unsettling time.

Sally Curtain

Friday 20 March 2020

Good afternoon,

We come to the end of what has been a particularly unusual and stressful week. Our world is changing significantly as we prepare for the strange times ahead, and across the world everyone is trying to anticipate what might be ahead of us. To reassure everyone, there are still no known or suspected cases of coronavirus COVID-19 at any of the Kangan Institute campuses as at 4pm Friday March 20. All campuses will be open Monday as normal.
 
We are getting a lot of questions about our facilities being open and we understand that is of concern to many students, parents and staff. We must legally stay operating until there is a health-related reason to close, or until we are ordered to by the Department of Education and Training. Meanwhile, we are working hard to transfer our working and teaching capability to an online model where possible, so that we can deliver classes digitally at a local level. This means we will continue to practice and pilot these new processes as much we can – we want to be sure we are set up and ready to switch mode when we need to. An extraordinary amount of work has gone into this over the past week, and our IT team has moved mountains to get us to this level of capability.

As well as confirming that schools, TAFEs and universities will remain open and operating, the Prime Minister today clarified that all essential services are exempt from needing to enforce the new 4sqm social distancing requirement. This is impractical for schools, this health service and the Cabinet our work-around is to continue to be vigilant about personal hygiene practices and stay home if you have a cold or flu.

Please be reassured that all of this remains part of our ongoing conversation with the Department, and should anything change in terms of our requirement to keep our doors physically open, we will let everyone know quickly.

As we continue with our preparation to be capable of delivering classes using online teaching channels, it has been fantastic to see our Bendigo TAFE and Kangan Institute community come together and support each other with the workload. This is exactly what we all need to do across our work and home networks. Thank you all.

Stress and worry at this time is absolutely normal and if you need support, please reach out. But while there is no community transmission of coronavirus in Australia, the only way to contract this virus is through direct exposure and therefore the panic we are seeing across our community is currently more damaging than the virus’ actual impact. The personal hygiene instructions, strict social gathering and border controls measures the Government has put in place, is intended to slow the spread of the virus. The panic buying we are seeing across Australia is not necessary and not helping people’s general state of mind. If you can play a small part in reassuring any of the people in your network, please do.

Next Monday
 
To reiterate, at this stage we have no coronavirus cases. Classes are on, campuses are open. If you are at work, please demonstrate your own personal responsibility with regular hand washing after using kitchens and restrooms. Hand washing is simple and effective in fighting any virus, including coronavirus.
 
We are aware that some students are choosing not to come to class, and that a number of staff are taking sick leave/personal leave to remove themselves from any potential risk. This is appropriate, as your health and well-being is very important, and while only a relatively small number of people around Australia have coronavirus, the stress for people who are worried they might become ill can be immense.
 
Some staff and students are also concerned that by being out in the community or at TAFE, they are putting other family with health issues at risk. If this is the case for you, please consider what you can do to limit that exposure to any vulnerable people by using strict personal hygiene practices and social distancing, just as you would if you had a cold or flu.
  

Self-isolation information:

 
The current official guidance regarding self-isolation remains as follows:


Everyone arriving into Australia from overseas from midnight, Sunday 15 March, must self-isolate for 14 days. This refers to the person who travelled and is a precautionary measure. It does not mean the traveller is infected.

Anyone who has been a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days ‘Close contact’ is defined by Department of Health and Human Services as someone who has had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case, or shared a closed space with someone who has a confirmed case, for more than two hours.


What you need to do:
 
Not everyone will get Coronavirus, but regardless, you should take every step possible to care for yourself and everyone around you. Your easiest and best defence starts with your own basic personal hygiene:

·     Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using the toilet

·     Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing

·     Use tissues and discard immediately

Even without a global health emergency, staying home when sick is the best defence against the spread of the common cold, the flu, and now also coronavirus COVID -19. There is an international shortage of hand sanitizer, we are no different to any other organisation with this issue, so please do not keep asking our facilities staff for this.  Soap and water should be your friend; please wash your hands.


More important health information:
 

The Victorian Chief Medical Officer’s advice remains that most people who contract the virus will experience symptoms like a bad cold or flu. Please be sensible with your personal health care. Wash your hands regularly and properly, which means rubbing your hands together for at least 30 seconds using soap and warm water. If you have existing health issues which mean you are particularly vulnerable, please do what you need to in order to limit your physical contact with other people.

 
Please be mindful that some media reports may not have the most accurate or up to date information, and we recommend you check official sites, including:
 


Victorian Health and Human Services - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus
 
Please take time to relax and recharge over the weekend, and we will see everyone Monday.
 

Kind Regards,

Bendigo TAFE & Kangan Institute

Thursday 19 March 2020

There are no known or suspected cases of coronavirus COVID-19 at any of the Kangan Institute campuses as at 3.30pm today, Thursday 19 March. This message will be communicated daily until such time as the situation changes. Classes are continuing as normal and all campuses are open.

We are getting a lot of questions about our facilities being open and we understand that is of concern to many students, parents and staff. We must legally stay operating until there is a health-related reason to close, or until we are ordered to by the Department of Education and Training. And we are working hard to transfer our working and teaching capability to an online model where possible.

But for now, we are open and running classes as normal, because the actual risk to us all is still very low. And here is why: of the 24 million people in Australia, only 636 individuals have contracted coronavirus, including those who have already recovered. All of those people have either contracted it overseas or had direct, close personal contact with someone with the virus.

This situation will eventually change but we can still all do our part to keep these figures low for now, and slow the rate that the virus spreads. Please demonstrate your own personal responsibility with regular hand washing after using kitchens and restrooms. Hand washing is simple and effective.

To help reassure everyone on our campuses, our cleaners will be doubling their efforts from tomorrow. You will see more cleaners working in all shared spaces. Please note that hand sanitizer is not yet available everywhere, there is an unprecedented global run on this product. We have our orders in and we will have sanitizer in place across campuses once it becomes available.

To reiterate, at this stage we have no coronavirus cases, and we do not need to close any classes or campuses.  However, we are aware that some students are choosing not to come to class, and that a number of staff are taking sick leave/personal leave to remove themselves from any potential risk. This is appropriate, as your health and well-being is very important. Some staff and students are also concerned that by being out in the community or at TAFE, they are putting other family with health issues at risk. If this is the case for you, please consider what you can do to limit that exposure to any vulnerable people by using strict personal hygiene practices and social distancing, just as you would if you had a cold or flu.

Self-isolation information:

The current official guidance regarding self-isolation is as follows:

Everyone arriving into Australia from overseas from midnight, Sunday 15 March, must self-isolate for 14 days. This refers to the person who travelled and is a precautionary measure. It does not mean the traveller is infected.
Anyone who has been a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days 'Close contact' is defined by Department of Health and Human Services as someone who has had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case, or shared a closed space with someone who has a confirmed case, for more than two hours.

What you need to do:

Not everyone will get Coronavirus, but you should take every step possible to care for yourself and everyone around you. Your easiest and best defence starts with your own basic personal hygiene:

  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using the toilet
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Use tissues and discard immediately

Even without a global health emergency, staying home when sick is the best defence against the spread of the common cold, the flu, and now also coronavirus COVID -19. There is an international shortage of hand sanitizer, we are no different to any other organisation with this issue, so please do not keep asking our facilities staff for this.  Soap and water should be your friend; please wash your hands.
 
Preparation for a potential class or campus closure:

Because it is practical to assume that some degree of campus closure is likely for us at some stage, our Crisis Management Team is working hard to prepare for all operational scenarios. That means making sure that if we are required to close a campus or need to enable classes to use more online channels, that our systems can all handle that online traffic, that our staff have the equipment to work from home and that our level of cyber security is adequate. We are not quite ready for that logistically at the moment, but we are working quickly to bring that all together. 

When this happens, in whatever form it takes, we ask that you all become extra security-conscious. There are digital bandits out there taking advantage of this situation and we need to make sure our cyber-practices are as secure as possible, be mindful of cyber scams.

More important health information:

The Victorian Chief Medical Officer's advice remains that most people who contract the virus will experience symptoms like a bad cold or flu. Please be sensible with your personal health care. Wash your hands regularly and properly, which means rubbing your hands together for at least 30 seconds using soap and warm water. If you have existing health issues which mean you are particularly vulnerable, please do what you need to in order to limit your physical contact with other people.

Please be mindful that some media reports may not have the most accurate or up to date information, and we recommend you check official sites, including:


Victorian Health and Human Services - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus

Education specific advice from Victorian Health and Human Services - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-education-sector-novel-coronavirus

 
Updates will continue daily to keep everyone informed.

This update was sent as an e-mail to all current students of Kangan Institute at 5PM on Thursday 19 March, 2020.


These communications have been sent to all students as a duty of care. We understand you may have unsubscribed to receive marketing and promotional communications, and this will still be the case however this is a service message containing information in these unprecedented times. 

From this point on if you have unsubscribed to marketing and promotional communications you will not receive these communications either. However in the event of a change in circumstance which could impact on your health and safety you will be contacted.​

Wednesday 18 March 2020

There are no known or suspected cases of coronavirus COVID-19 at any of the Kangan Institute campuses as at 4.30pm today, Wednesday 18th March. This message will be communicated daily until such time as the situation changes. Classes are continuing as normal and all campuses are open.

We recognise that people are feeling anxious. This is a truly unprecedented global health crisis which is changing rapidly, and it is very difficult to anticipate what might happen next. Today the Prime Minister announced that people should not attend indoor events with groups larger than 100, but that is with the exception of schools, TAFEs and workplaces. We remain open for classes at all campuses, and we cannot legally close until the Government orders us to.

However it is practical to assume that some degree of campus closure is likely for us at some stage, and so our Crisis Management Team is working hard to prepare for all operational scenarios. That means making sure that if we are required to close a campus or need to enable classes to use more online channels, that our systems can all handle that online traffic, that our staff have the equipment to work from home and that our level of cyber security is adequate. We are not quite ready for that logistically at the moment, but we are working quickly to bring that all together.

To reiterate, at this stage we have no coronavirus cases, and we do not need to close any classes or campuses.  However, we are aware that some students are choosing not to come to class, and that a number of staff are taking sick leave/personal leave to remove themselves from any potential risk. This is appropriate, as your health and well-being is very important.

Some staff and students are also concerned that by being out in the community or at TAFE, they are putting other family with health issues at risk. If this is the case for you, please consider what you can do to limit that exposure to any vulnerable people by using strict personal hygiene practices and social distancing, just as you would if you had a cold or flu.

 
Self-isolation information:

The current official guidance regarding self-isolation is as follows:

Everyone arriving into Australia from overseas from midnight, Sunday 15 March, must self-isolate for 14 days. This refers to the person who travelled and is a precautionary measure. It does not mean the traveller is infected.
Anyone who has been a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days ‘Close contact’ is defined by Department of Health and Human Services as someone who has had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case, or shared a closed space with someone who has a confirmed case, for more than two hours.

 
What you need to do:

Not everyone will get Coronavirus, but you should take every step possible to care for yourself and everyone around you. Your easiest and best defence starts with your own basic personal hygiene:

·     Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using the toilet

·     Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing

·     Use tissues and discard immediately

Even without a global health emergency, staying home when sick is the best defence against the spread of the common cold, the flu, and now also coronavirus COVID -19. There is an international shortage of hand sanitizer, we are no different to any other organisation with this issue, so please do not keep asking our facilities staff for this.  Soap and water should be your friend; please wash your hands.
 

More important health information:

The Victorian Chief Medical Officer’s advice remains that most people who contract the virus will experience symptoms like a bad cold or flu. Please be sensible with your personal health care. Wash your hands regularly and properly, which means rubbing your hands together for at least 30 seconds using soap and warm water. If you have existing health issues which mean you are particularly vulnerable, please do what you need to in order to limit your physical contact with other people.

Please be mindful that some media reports may not have the most accurate or up to date information, and we recommend you check official sites, including:


Victorian Health and Human Services - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus

Education specific advice from Victorian Health and Human Services - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-education-sector-novel-coronavirus
 

Updates will continue daily to keep everyone informed.

This update was sent as an e-mail to all current students of Kangan Institute at 5PM on Wednesday 18 March, 2020.

Tuesday 17 March 2020
There are no known or suspected cases of coronavirus COVID-19 at any of the Kangan Institute campuses as at 3.30pm today, Tuesday 17 March. This message will be communicated daily until such time as the situation changes. Classes are continuing as normal and all campuses are open.

We recognise that this is an unprecedented health crisis facing the world and these are uncertain times, so we are asking for your help in protecting the health and wellbeing of our shared community.

Our organisation’s Crisis Management Team is preparing for all potential operational scenarios; for example, if we are required to close a campus, or need to enable classes to use more online channels. This is likely at some stage, and other tertiary institute are already modifying their operations to move online as much as possible. We are not quite ready for that logistically, but we are working quickly to set up for all options.

To reiterate, at this stage we have no coronavirus cases, and no need to close classes or campuses.  However, we are aware that some students are choosing not to come to class, and an increased number of staff are taking sick leave/annual leave. This is not impacting on our capability, and we are able to continue classes in most instances. We are creating a visual flowchart to help guide you with the best action to take if you think you or a colleague might be unwell. We will publish this as soon as possible.

Self-isolation information:

The current official guidance regarding self-isolation is as follows:

  • Everyone arriving into Australia from overseas from midnight, Sunday 15 March, must self-isolate for 14 days. This refers to the person who travelled and is a precautionary measure. It does not mean the traveller is infected.
  • Anyone who has been a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days ‘Close contact’ is defined by Department of Health and Human Services as someone who has had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case, or shared a closed space with someone who has a confirmed case, for more than two hours.

What you need to do:

Not everyone will contract this illness, you should take every step possible to care for yourself and everyone around you. Your easiest and best defence starts with your own basic personal  hygiene:

  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using the toilet
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Use tissues and discard immediately

Even without a global health emergency, staying home when sick is the best defence against the spread of the common cold, the flu, and now also coronavirus COVID -19.
 
More health information:

The Victorian Chief Medical Officer’s advice remains that most people who contract the virus will experience symptoms like a bad cold or flu. Please be sensible with your personal health care. Wash your hands regularly and properly, which means rubbing your hands together for at least 30 seconds using soap and warm water. If you have existing health issues which mean you are particularly vulnerable, please do what you need to in order to limit your physical contact with other people.

Please be mindful that some media reports may not have the most accurate or up to date information, and we recommend you check official sites, including:


Victorian Health and Human Services - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus

Education specific advice from Victorian Health and Human Services - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-education-sector-novel-coronavirus


Updates will continue daily to keep everyone informed.


This update was sent as an e-mail to all current students of Kangan Institute at 5PM on Tuesday 17 March, 2020.

Wednesday 11 March 2020

As you may be aware, the situation regarding the emerging outbreak of novel coronavirus has continued to evolve.

I am writing to reassure you that at this point in time, there have been no cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 within our staff or student body. 

We have a Crisis Management Team who is working with the Department of Health and the Department of Education to monitor the situation and put in place as many mitigations as possible, for instance we will be installing hand sanitiser units across the campuses over the coming weeks.

Please read the Department of Health guidance regarding hygiene as these practices will also reduce the rate of spread.

We are following the response guidelines as provided by the above government agencies.  The current guidance is that anyone who has travelled to a country that has a travel ban (listed here) or who has been in direct contact with a diagnosed case of COVID-19 should self-exclude themselves at home and not attend campus for 14 days.  If a person meeting these criteria develops symptoms of the flu or a respiratory infection should seek medical advice immediately.  If you meet this criteria, we ask you to let us know by calling 13 TAFE so that we can help with any ongoing training needs while you are self-excluded. 

If someone has recently travelled to a country listed on the 'exercise a high degree of caution ' and has not been in contact with a known case of Coronavirus COVID-19 and has no symptoms, they are not required to self exclude.

You can also contact the Department of Health to talk to a registered nurse if you are experiencing any symptoms that concern you.  https://www.health.gov.au/contacts/healthdirect-hotline