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PAGE LAST UPDATED: 28 September 2021
Sancta is Pro-Vaccination for COVID-19
Sancta respects the medical, science and public health communities and is home to many future doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. Student health and safety is our priority. Our goal is to be a 100% COVID-19 vaccinated residential community, to protect every individual’s health and to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 at Sancta. We support Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination programme and enjoy a very high vaccination rate, including staff. Sancta residents and staff encourage all new students to be fully vaccinated before commencing at Sancta. It is possible that COVID-19 vaccination may become mandatory at Sancta in the future based on assessment of risk at the time.
Student Isolation Support
If you need to isolate at Sancta, please notify Vice Principal Brigid or your RA.
More than half of Sancta residents are opting to delay their return to College until the current lockdown eases and/or face-to-face learning returns for their degrees.
Residents who are in-room at Sancta are subject to both the NSW Public Health Order and the requirements within Sancta to manage risk and keep everybody safe.
Key features of life at Sancta in August 2021:
- No visitors are permitted on Sancta grounds
- Small internal COVIDSafe gatherings may be permitted after consultation with the Principal or Vice Principal
- Face masks are worn in all shared spaces throughout the College
- All residents are encouraged to initiate their COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as possible. With a large Medicine & Health student community, many of our residents are already fully vaccinated
- Spending time in small/enclosed spaces or fellow residents’ bedrooms is discouraged
- Sancta’s Dining Hall and meal servery have been modified for optimal risk management, including the cessation of all self-serve components, and the strict application of the 1 person per 4 square-metre rule through a changed layout of dining tables and chairs
- A well practised procedure exists to support any student who must go for a COVID-19 test and isolate; the procedure includes being supplied a single unoccupied ensuite-room to occupy whilst isolating, contactless meal order and delivery, wellbeing support and test result disclosure requirements
- The College continues to work with NSW Health, our catering supplier and other partners to develop response plans for a range of possibilities such as a confirmed case within the residential community, or the need for a whole-of-College testing and isolation period. Residents have input into the development of these plans and certain students (such as Resident Assistants and fully vaccinated students) have expressed motivation to support Management by fulfilling different roles in response to certain scenarios.
We continue to review new updates from NSW Health in order to safely manage student returns.
All residents, whether In-Room, on vacation in Australia or overseas, or planning to return at any stage in 2021, are asked to carefully review this live list of ‘risk’ areas and modes of transport. Sancta staff are also assessing each planned returner’s risk profile but self-identification is encouraged where you think you fit any of the below categories.
From Saturday 31 July 2021, we will require any arriving or returning student to have received a negative test for COVID 19 in the previous three days. Please text or email confirmation of your negative test to Vice Principal Brigid Carrigan.
Quarantine at Sancta
If you are entering Sancta after having spent time in a ‘risk’ area requiring isolation and testing for COVID-19, you are required to complete 14 days of self-quarantine, including undertaking a COVID-19 test at RPA Hospital on day 12 of your quarantine; students cannot end their quarantine until a negative test result is provided.
The purpose of this quarantine is to confirm that students entering Sancta do not have COVID-19 before they commence normal engagement with the rest of the College community. Additionally, quarantine protects the rest of the community should it be discovered during the 14-day period that a student has arrived at Sancta whilst positive for COVID-19.
Where at all possible, arriving students are asked to complete their quarantine off-site to minimise the risk of exposure to the Sancta community.
For the removal of doubt, the terms ‘quarantine’ and ‘isolation’ are used interchangeably.
How self-quarantine at Sancta works
- While students are able to complete quarantine at Sancta in their room; in some instances, the College may require students to complete their quarantine offsite in a nearby accommodation setting or in another room at the College.
- Where students do not experience any symptoms of cold/flu-like illness throughout the 14 day period, they will be able to finish quarantine and join the rest of the College in adhering to the standard COVIDSafe ways of living once they have undertaken a COVID-19 test which returns a negative result. The test should be taken around day 12 of their quarantine.
- Students who become aware that they may have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, or who experience any cold/flu-like symptoms, must advise a member of staff (including RAs) who will support them through testing isolation.
- Any student requiring self-quarantine should notify their Resident Assistant (RA) or Vice Principal Brigid Carrigan.
- Students undertaking self-quarantine at Sancta will be accommodated in a room with an ensuite bathroom.
- Quarantined students are required to stay in their room with the door closed, unless for an approved reason (medical grounds or with the explicit permission of the Sancta Principal or Vice Principal).
- Sancta will provide relevant students with masks and basic hygiene care kits.
- All meals must be taken in-room and will be provided to students pre-packaged to allow them to adhere to this requirement.
- Room cleaning will be suspended for the duration of the isolation period.
- As for all other members of the onsite community, students must practice heightened hygiene measures and ensure the washing and sanitation of hands regularly.
These are current until further notice and may be subject to change.
Services to support isolating residents
- Students in isolation are supported by Sancta staff and RAs for all their practical needs. Other students, family and friends are encouraged to help keep their spirits up and their sense of isolation at bay!
- The mental health of students in isolation is of high priority. Under strict conditions, students in isolation are supported to access fresh air and sunshine on occasion during their isolation period. Every possible precaution is taken to ensure the safety of other students in such cases.
- There are easy forms for students to choose their meals so that they are delivered food they want during isolation; there is also a shopping list form which is filled by Sancta staff on students’ behalf as soon as practical.
- Sancta staff will be checking on isolating students every day to help them to get through what is an undeniably challenging, yet necessary experience from both a legal and community safety perspective.
- Isolating students will be provided with essentials such as toilet paper, cleaning products, a kettle, tissues, gloves, hand sanitiser, masks and laundry powder.
We wish to thank all residents for your support of this important safety requirement.
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Australian Government Health Direct:
New South Wales Government