Regarding Thebarton Senior College and Roma Mitchell Secondary College

We have been liaising with SA Health about the confirmed diagnosis of the Thebarton Senior College and Roma Mitchell Secondary College student.

SA Health have advised that Roma Mitchell Secondary College and Thebarton Senior College will be closed on Monday 3 August 2020.

The Communicable Disease Control Branch of SA Health has advised that an adult who attended these sites has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Department for Education enacted its COVID-19 protocol and has shut the sites for a minimum of 24 hours to enable deep cleaning to occur.

Public health officials have carried out contact tracing and the Department for Education and SA Health will inform anyone who needs to self-isolate.

Staff and students of TAFE SA do not currently need to take additional precautions unless advised by SA Health.

However, all people should continue to practice the following measures to protect themselves and others:

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, get tested. Stay home and avoid others while you wait for your results. Symptoms include:
    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • sore throat
    • runny nose
    • shortness of breath
    • loss of taste and smell.
  • Wash/sanitise your hands regularly.
  • Keep 1.5 metres distance from others wherever and whenever you can.
  • Wipe down frequently touched surfaces.
  • Download the COVIDSafe app.

In the event that we are advised of a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis of a person who attends a TAFE SA campus, we will enact our COVID-19 Response Plan and the campus will be shut down for a minimum of 24 hours to complete a bio-hazard clean of the campus. 

The campus will not reopen until public health officials indicate it is safe to do so.

It’s important that right now we all remain calm.

The health and wellbeing of students and staff is our top priority.

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation.  The state, federal and international response to the virus is informing our response to ensure we are providing a safe environment for students and staff.  

TAFE SA has revitalised the learning experience for students by implementing blended training delivery.

Students will continue their learning via digitally enabled methods while also attending a TAFE SA campus for the practical and assessment components of their course.

Where course content can be effectively delivered digitally, this will continue.  Where this isn’t possible, on campus options will be implemented.

This ensures students and lecturers remain safe while the delivery of quality education and training continues.


The current COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria is concerning and measures are being taken to protect South Australians from the increased risk caused as a result of this situation. In this video, Professor Nicola Spurrier, Chief Public Health Officer, SA Health, answers a number of questions South Australians may have.

Students without access to a computer or the internet can visit a TAFE SA Student Hub to arrange access to a computer and Wi-Fi connection. 

TAFE SA Student Hub locations and details are available at our ‘Welcome to Digitally Enabled Learning’ web page.

Should you need to attend a campus, it’s important we all keep 1.5 metres distance from others wherever and whenever possible, practice excellent hygiene at all times and use the hygiene stations located throughout the campuses and in classrooms. If you are unwell for ANY reason, please do not attend a TAFE SA campus.

For COVID-19 related information, see our COVID-19 FAQs

All students and staff are encouraged to follow the advice of government health authorities to help ensure the safety of everyone and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The TAFE SA Workplace Health and Safety team are monitoring the changing situation daily to ensure we are making informed decisions based on the latest health advice.

Students will be advised immediately if any action is required.

If you need additional information or would like to discuss options with a TAFE SA counsellor, please contact the TAFE SA Customer Support Contact Team on 1800 882 661 to arrange a phone appointment or email.

Further Information

Australian Government Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080

SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line: 1800 632 753

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