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Classes and COVID-safety: what you need to know

Rules for attending class in the time of COVID-19
Students will soon be welcomed back on our campuses for Semester 1, 2022. If you’re returning for in-person classes, there are some important rules to remember to keep our community COVID-safe.

If you don’t feel 100%, you should 100% stay home

If you have a tickle in your throat, a case of the sniffles or a pesky headache, it’s essential that you stay home and get tested for COVID-19. The same rule applies if you’ve been told to self-isolate. Even if you feel fine, you may be asymptomatic, so it’s really important that you get tested and stay home until you’re given the all-clear. You won’t be penalised for missing class if you’re unwell or are required to self-isolate. 

Follow the guidelines 

We all need to do our part to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone in our community safe. Make sure to stay on top of all our COVID guidelines as the semester unfolds to protect yourself and the people around you.

Socially close but physically distanced

We know you’ll be excited to catch up with your uni friends, but it’s as important as ever to make sure you’re greeting each other from a distance of 1.5 metres. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make new friends and check in with each other, just make sure you’re doing it safely. 

Remember to protect your personal space. If someone is getting a little too close to your personal bubble, politely let them know. And if someone asks you to give them a little extra space, be respectful. Remember, it’s not you, it’s the pandemic.

Space out in the classroom

If you’re waiting to enter a classroom, stand back and give other students plenty of room to exit before you enter. Don’t crowd doorways and take your time to find a seat. Where possible, class timetables have been arranged to accommodate physical distancing between students. If you’re going to sit with your besties, keep a little space between you. Don’t move furniture around in the classroom or move chairs closer together and if you find chairs have been left a little too close by a previous class, space them back out. 

Don’t forget to wipe

Hand sanitiser and sanitising wipes will be available across campus. Make sure to take advantage of them to help keep your study spaces and any shared equipment clean. If you need any additional supplies, or spot an area where supplies are getting low, get in touch with the COVID taskforce at covid19.taskforce@sydney.edu.au.

Wash. Your. Hands.

Washing hands has always been basic hygiene everyone should follow. Now, though, it’s more important than ever to do it, and do it properly. Soap, water, 20 seconds and a thorough scrub is needed regularly to keep your hands fresh and COVID-free. There’s also hand sanitiser all over campus – so use that too.

Travelling to campus

Many of us haven’t commuted in months, so making the trip to campus may feel a little unfamiliar. If you live close enough, walking or cycling to campus are both great ways to exercise and maintain physical distance from others. If you’re catching a bus or train, you will need to follow NSW Health guidelines, such as wearing a mask, sitting or standing in allocated spaces, and catching transport in off-peak times if you can. Here’s where to go for information.

What about face masks?

In line with Public Health Orders, you must wear a mask in all indoor spaces on campus. It's important to ensure your mask is fitted correctly and to follow safe procedures for putting on and taking off masks. NSW Health have provided detailed guidance on how to wear a mask.

Stay informed

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last few months, it’s that things can change really quickly. Throughout semester, we may need to be in touch due to any number of reasons. It’s essential that you regularly checking your University email address, our website and our social media accounts to stay up to date. 

Last updated: February 2022
20 August 2020

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