The latest information for the Prace community about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Prace is committed to supporting our vibrant and diverse community of students, staff, volunteers and community groups. An overview of the latest information on our courses, programs and services is listed below. If you are unable to find the answer you are looking for, please contact the office on 9462 6077.
Courses, programs and services
Over the last two years of the pandemic, we have learn a lot about how you learn best and how we can support you in your studies. As restrictions ease further, our courses, programs and services are moving towards face-to-face delivery. However, we will retain a mix of delivery modes to best meet the needs of our community.
Prace courses are delivered face-to-face, remotely or a blend of both. To check the location and delivery mode of a class, visit our Courses page or call the office on 9462 6077.
We are excited to welcome Prace College students onsite for Term 1 at our Reservoir and Mernda campuses. We are now taking 2022 enrolments and more information about VCAL at Prace College is available here.
The Reconnect are now running face to face appointments and service delivery. Visit our Reconnect page to learn more about the program.
The Prace office and classrooms at Merrilands Community Centre are open to staff and students. The reception team is available from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday by phone 9462 6077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Merrilands Community Centre
Merrilands Community Centre is now hosting community groups and casual venue hirers in line with current restrictions. Venue hirers and guests must be fully vaccinated.
Keeping Prace COVIDSafe
As we welcome staff and students back to Prace in 2022, we will continue to adhere to our rigorous COVIDSafe practices and protocols. To help keep Prace COVIDSafe, we are taking steps to provide:
- Easy access to hand hygiene
- Regular surface cleaning
- Regular cleaning and disinfection
- Outdoor air ventilation in rooms with windows
- Air conditioning units utilising fresh air not recirculated air
Our COVIDSafe plan is continually updated in accordance with any changes to restrictions in Victoria.
There are many ways you can support our plan and help keep Prace COVIDSafe.
With case numbers increasing, we strongly recommend all staff and students wear a face mask while attending Prace.
Wearing a face mask can help protect you and those around you. Face masks stop droplets spreading when you talk, cough, sneeze and laugh, which lowers your chance of spreading or catching the virus.This information is especially important for those who are medically at risk.
The advice from the Victorian Government strongly recommends the wearing of face masks in indoor settings (noting that exemptions to the recommendation apply to circumstances when clear enunciation or visibility of the mouth is essential, such as teaching). Close contacts must wear a mask indoors unless an exception applies.
Face masks are required when travelling on public transport, including to and from Prace. Information about face masks can be found here.
If you are a household close contact
If you are considered a household close contact with someone who has COVID-19 i.e. you have spent more than four hours with someone who has COVID-19 inside a house, accommodation or care facility you must:
- Inform Prace that you are a household close contact
- Wear a fitted face mask when you are at Prace
- If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you must report your result
The State Government has created a checklist for COVID-19 contacts; with detailed information on what to do if you are exposed to COVID-19.
If you are unwell
If you are feeling unwell, DO NOT attend Prace – instead, stay home, seek medical advice and consider getting a COVID-19 test. COVID-19 symptoms are listed on the Victoria Government Department of Health website.
Vaccination requirements for students and staff attending Prace
As an operator of a neighbourhood house and an educational facility which includes a registered school, Prace is required to comply with the directive of the Victorian Chief Health Officer which means that all Prace staff who work onsite must be fully vaccinated.
Students are not required to be vaccinated to attend classes at Prace.
We understand the ongoing pandemic is extremely challenging for many members of our community. We encourage students, staff, volunteers and community members to reach out if they need support. Students are encouraged to speak with their teacher or call the office on 9462 6077. Our office is open between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Trained mental health and wellbeing counsellors are available 24/7 on the Beyond Blue coronavirus support line 1800 512 348 .
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- Department of Health and Human Services (Federal Government)
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