. Message from U3APP President 13 December 2020

The City of Port Phillip, the owner of the premises we use for Face-2-Face Courses, has now opened communications on Community Centre usage under Covid-19.  We are in discussions with them about facility availability, capacity, timing and our Covid-19 Conditions of Entry.

Our current plan is to continue Term 1 Courses with Online, Email and Outdoors delivery and to commence transition to some Face-2-Face delivery of Courses in Term 2.  We will advise you of progress during Term 1.

BEFORE we can resume Face-2-Face Classes, there is much planning to be done by a number of functional groups in U3APP and CoPP, and actions to be taken to ensure orderly transition to the new regime.  An example of tasks is assessment of various rooms for Classes based on floor space (and therefore maximum Class size), then allocation of Courses and time schedules to fulfil our needs. It is entirely possible that the space requirements per student may change over the next few months, so an allocation of rooms to Classes is premature, as is the time scheduling for Classes.

Another is preparation of the facilities for rehabilitation - sanitisation stations, signage and general deep cleaning of all venues.  This will take time!

The CoM through the Covid-19 Working Group has spent the last months generating a schedule of events and actions required to enact transition (an Action Plan) of some Courses to Face-2-Face or Hybrid.  Our estimate is that it will take about eight weeks from the time of Council clearance to the full or partial implementation of the plan.  All Courses provided during Term 1, 2021 will follow the protocols of Term 4, 2020, i.e., Online, Email or Outdoors.  During Term 1 we will be working to transition some Courses to Face-2-Face or Hybrid, so we can reasonably assume that we will be able to implement at least a partial transition of some Courses by the beginning of Term 2, 2021.

REMEMBER please, that we have over 90 Courses, some with unique requirements, to accommodate in the upcoming scheduling process, so PATIENCE should be the operative word.  Use the summer break to enjoy life before returning to your Courses in 2021.  Don't spend your much deserved rest machinating over what is to come.  Rest assured that the team at U3APP 'Headquarters’ will be on the beat over the summer to ensure the best possible outcome for us all. Once the implementation plan is in operation we can then start communicating our progress to you all, on a regular basis.  It is essential that all Tutors and Members understand that this process will take some time to resolve.

Graham Gosling - President U3APP