There have been no reported coronavirus (COVID-19) cases at Box Hill Institute campuses as at 2:00pm, Thursday 26 March 2020.
The Department of Education and Training has clarified TAFEs as an essential service, which is why we are keeping our doors open. However, we are moving to digital or remote course delivery models, which means our facilities remain operational but there will be fewer students on campus.
While we remain open, we must take the health advice around hand washing and social distancing seriously. Box Hill Institute cannot overstate the importance of social distancing in the prevention of contracting coronavirus. This means ensuring there is a 1.5m distance between you and other people at all times – in class, in the café, in the hallways, and outside.
There is hand sanitiser placed around campus for students and we are undertaking enhanced cleaning and sanitising of all buildings to further protect students, employees, and stakeholders in high-traffic areas. This includes a focus on touch points such as handles, elevator buttons, light switches, railings, and tabletops.
The rate at which we change our course delivery methods will be different for each course. Some are ready to move to a fully digital learning experience and others will take time to set up.
The coronavirus response is evolving all the time and we’re monitoring the official advice we’ve been given. Changes will continue for some time and we will update you regularly on what’s happening.
The city, Elgar and Lilydale Lakeside libraries remain open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. The Nelson library will close at 4.30pm on Friday 27 March and students are asked to visit the Elgar Library for in-person services.
Library Study Rooms / Spaces in the city, Elgar and Nelson will remain open but will now close at 6pm, Monday to Friday at Elgar and Nelson and at 4.30pm in the city.
The Elgar and Nelson cafés will be closed from Monday 30 march as per usual term break arrangements. Vending machines will be available with a greater offering for staff and students who are on campus.
If you require support during this time, please contact Student Life on (03) 9286 9891 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For International Students, if you are concerned about your safety and wellbeing, please contact the International Student Wellbeing Officer, Nikki Singh on (03) 9286 9445 or via email at email@example.com. If you are concerned about your academic progress and would like assistance with your assessments, please contact the International Academic Advisor, Faz Maghami on (03) 9286 9734 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Education and Training is sharing its general information on its website: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx.
Visit the Box Hill Institute website for some frequently asked questions about the coronavirus.