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COVID-19 response

ALC’s Leadership Team is closely monitoring advice from the authorities regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and will regularly review the strategies it has put in place.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of our community’s health and safety, a number of changes have been implemented at ALC.

Study

ALC is well-placed to deal with the situation that has presented itself, as it has been streaming classes to students enrolled in Discover since the start of this academic year and has the necessary infrastructure in place.

Higher Education coursework

From Monday 23 March until the end of Semester 1, ALC is not conducting classes on campus where students are physically present. These classes are now provided by online delivery.

The teaching period for this semester is officially extended by one week—until 5 June—to enable any classes experiencing a delay to complete their required academic program.

Staff are assisting students involved in field work and other formation programs to continue to serve in congregations and other ministries as circumstances permit.

Access to resources on ARK and handling of enrolments and enquiries will continue as normal.

For more information from the University of Divinity see: https://divinity.edu.au/coronavirus  

VET subjects

Subject delivery for the ALC VET course, 10742NAT Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology, continues through ALC iLearn.

Research

Higher degree by research (HDR) students are continuing their research as they are able. Any meetings with supervisors should be conducted online. HDR students who are adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible to apply for an extraordinary extension of 6 months in which to complete your research. Discuss this with the Associate Dean for Research if you have not already done so.

Pastoral care and worship

A care plan has also been formulated to ensure that students and staff are supported during this period of imposed isolation.

Care groups

Student care groups continue to meet through online platforms rather than face-to-face. This presents an ideal opportunity for off-campus student to be engaged in care group activities and some have already taken advantage of this.

Daily chapel

During teaching weeks, staff and student are invited to worship daily at 10:25 am, however we now gather together remotely through an online platform.

Events

A number of events have been cancelled, however future events may be conducted through online platforms. Please check the Calendar page closer to the date of an event for further details as the situation continues to evolve.

ALC Library

In keeping with recent announcements by Premier Steven Marshall concerning the lifting of lockdown restrictions in South Australia associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the ALC Library will reopen on Monday 18 May 2020.

In order to align with published public safety guidelines, the number of library users able to enter the library at any given time will be restricted to ten, until further notice. All visitors are requested to comply with published health guidelines, such as the mandatory requirement for social distancing (1.5 m between people, one person per 4 square metre indoors), no collaborative gatherings within the library, and maintenance of personal hygiene (hand washing). To facilitate access and contact tracing, a log of all visitors to the library will be kept.

Given the restriction on the number of people able to access the library, priority will be given to ALC’s faculty and students. Other members of the library are welcome to contact the library for assistance and may be granted physical access to the premises if numbers permit. Any library related enquiry may be directed to: +61 8 7120 8270, or email: library@alc.edu.au (for all enquiries, including interlibrary loan and document delivery requests).

Visiting ALC

The ALC campus is closed to the general public for visits, tours and attendance at chapel. A limited number of staff are on site Monday to Friday during business hours to attend to phone enquiries.

The preferred mode of contact with staff during this time is via email or phone. If your phone call isn’t answered, please leave a voicemail which will be forwarded via email.

General advice

National Coronavirus Hotline: 1800 020 080 (24 hours, 7 days)
South Australian Coronavirus Hotline: 1800 253 787 (8 am to 8 pm, 7 days)

For general advice about COVID-19 including how to protect yourself and others, symptoms, and when to get tested, visit the Australian Government’s Department of Health or download the Coronavirus Australia app.

For advice specific to your state see https://www.australia.gov.au/#state-and-territory-government-information

 

Last updated: 23 April 2020