Coronavirus Response

CCNI Inc. Statement regarding COVID-19

Last updated: 25 March 2020

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we are providing important information and requirements that you and your organisation need to be aware of before undertaking training or assessment with Community College Northern Inland or visiting our campuses.

At Community College Northern Inland, we are committed to ensuring our students, partners, team members and visitors, study, work and visit an environment that is safe and places their interest first.

The information below is very important and we ask you to take the time to read it and follow the advice set out, to help us control the spread of the virus. We thank you in advance for your help and support in this situation.

Campus Update

Currently, all of our campuses are open. Courses are running however disruptions to some class schedules are occurring in response to social distancing and other requirements.

All First Aid classes have been postponed until further notice under advice received from the Australian Resuscitation Council.

As a result of ongoing measures outlined by the government and industry advisers we’re introducing changes to the way we deliver training across our campuses that will help keep staff and students safe from COVID-19.

Campuses will be closed to the public commencing Monday 30 March. There will be a pause in our training schedule during the week 30 March to 3 April.

College staff will use this student-free week to prepare for blended learning delivery which will commence on Monday 6 April and continue until further notice. Students will be supported through their home-based learning with:

  • hard copy learning materials;
  • class sessions conducted via video-conferencing; and
  • some online learning.

All students will be contacted with further information about what they need to do. We will be working hard to assist students who may need help with adjusted delivery.

You need to stay away from our college campuses and tell us immediately if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or are at high risk. You can contact us on 1800 952 264 or after hours please contact Alison Heagney on 0428 498 171.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work our way through this period of rapid change. We urge all staff, students and our communities to focus on what you can do. Stay connected and keep learning.

Important information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans. Scientists are still learning about how it is spread, its severity and other characteristics of the virus.

As the number of cases around the world continues to increase, it is important to monitor and follow advice from the Australian Government, NSW Health and the World Health Organisation, and help to take steps to control the spread of the virus.

Information and guidance is changing rapidly so you should regularly check the latest advice. This is particularly important for people who have recently travelled overseas.

Current information can be found at the following web sites:

We ask that you help us to keep our students, staff and visitors safe by taking steps such as regularly washing your hands, avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms and not attending class if you are unwell.

Who is at most risk for COVID-19?

People who have:

  • Been in contact with a person with COVID-19.
  • Been overseas in the previous 14 days.

As there is increasing community transmission in a number of countries around the world, anyone who has travelled overseas in the past 14 days is at increased risk.

People with underlying illnesses that make them more vulnerable to respiratory disease, including those with diabetes, kidney failure, chronic lung disease, heart disease or those who have had recent heart surgery, people with suppressed immune systems and older people are at a higher risk of serious disease.

It is essential that you follow advice and any isolation requirements if you are at risk from any of the above.

Steps you can take to help limit the spread:

  • Make sure you thoroughly wash your hands with running water and soap, or an alcohol-based hand gel for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep away from other people and cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or a flexed elbow. Place your tissue in a closed bin and wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 may have a fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath and other symptoms. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress. As always if you are unwell and concerned about your health, please seek advice from a medical practitioner.

Please be advised that this communication is not meant to be alarmist, rather we just want to ensure that we are taking the best preventative steps to protect all those connected with our college and services.