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The NSW Department of Primary Industries is introducing proactive measures to limit the impact of COVID-19 at Tocal College campuses and through our industry training programs.

Tocal have adopted social distancing measures including cancelling public events. This includes the cancellation of the Tocal College graduation ceremonies and the 2020 Tocal Field Days.

Current advice from the NSW Government for students, their parents/carers and affected staff is:

  • Any confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return.
  • Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
  • All travellers to Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Students and staff who have returned to Australia and have shown no symptoms during the 14-day home-isolation period are able to return to training or work.

NSW Health has processes in place to identify any close contacts of cases confirmed in Australia. A close contact is a person who has spent significant time either face to face (15 minutes) or in an enclosed space (2 hours or more) as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It is advising these close contacts about not attending work, school or early childhood and childcare services.

Consistent with current guidelines, students and staff who are unwell with respiratory illness should remain at home until symptoms resolve. 

In accordance with our current practice if any student becomes unwell we will implement our infection control guidelines and follow the advice provided by NSW Health as appropriate.

For more information, visit the Health NSW website.


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