23 March 2020
In response to government advice regarding non-essential events of 100 participants in an indoor environment, a two-week recess from 30 March will be introduced as staff transition courses to remote delivery should they be required.
The last few weeks have been challenging as we have learned of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to locations across the globe and Australia.
These are extraordinary times, with measures to slow the spread of the virus and its subsequent impact disrupting the way we live and interact. Educational institutions in Australia and organisations around the world are experiencing operational interruptions, and SCA is no exception. The full impacts of these interruptions are likely to be felt right through the rest of 2020.
In response we are taking sensible measures to ensure that students can continue to progress in their studies, whilst also protecting the health and wellbeing of students and staff.
Plans are in development to move lessons to remote delivery for all our courses should the government announce closures of VET Providers. Through these careful preparations, we aim to ensure a high-quality, remotely-delivered learning experience for students, with good support in place for students and teaching staff.
New flexibility for classes this week
We will continue teaching as normal this week (Week 8). However, to support students and staff who feel or are particularly vulnerable, we are introducing flexibility with immediate effect. Lessons will not be mandatory this week, and alternate assessment arrangements may be possible with approval from the Academy Director.
End of Term break to commence earlier
I have taken the decision to bring forward the end of term break to commence on Monday 30 March and conclude on 24 April.
This period will be used to work intensively with all staff to transition programs to remote delivery where applicable. Classes will recommence in remote delivery mode from Monday 27 April should closures be enforced. Face to face delivery (attendance at the Academy) will function as per normal if no restrictions are put in place.
During these four weeks (30 March – 24 April), SCA administrative functions will remain open.
Students will receive further communications in the coming days with details about the new modes of delivery and restarting of teaching from Monday 27 April.
This decision has not been made lightly, however, promoting the health and safety of our students is our primary concern.
2020 Annual academic calendar under review
SCA’s calendar and timetable dates for 2020 will be reassessed and altered as the COVID-19 outbreak develops. SCA will make adjustments to the calendar and timetable while also ensuring students have the opportunity to complete the necessary workloads to graduate without delay. We will advise in due course of any further changes.
Supporting each other
While there are still no confirmed cases of the virus on SCA campus, we know that there are confirmed cases in our communities. It is inevitable that staff and students associated with SCA will be impacted.
Please continue to look out for each other and to show kindness and support to all members of our SCA community, and exercise correct hygiene and hand sanitisation practices.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving issue. To keep up to date I ask you to regularly check the information provided on the Health Department website: https://www.health.gov.au/
Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation as we work our way through a challenging situation. While the impact of COVID-19 will be felt through the remainder of 2020, I am confident that SCA will emerge from it stronger than ever.
Please do not hesitate in contacting the Academy should you require any additional information or have any concerns.
SCA Academy Director