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COVID-19 Measures – College Guidelines 2020/21

In London, measures to be applied from midnight on Friday 16th October 2020 mean that different households cannot now mix together indoors and gatherings of more than 6 people outdoors are banned; students in educational settings are exempted from these rules. The UK Government has instigated a three-tier restrictions system (Tiers 1, 2 and 3) to tighten or loosen restrictions relating to COVID-19 infection rates. London is moving from Tier 1 to Tier 2. 

We have been working hard to ensure that all the appropriate measures have been taken to create as safe an environment as we can for staff and students in which to work and study. We are also asking all students to consider carefully their travel plans and that they take all necessary medical and financial advice and precautions.

Having said that, we are constantly reviewing the situation re the COVID-19 pandemic, responding to the latest UK Government guidelines and are advised by Condé Nast’s own team of experts and advisors. Please keep in mind that we may need to adjust these arrangements over the coming months, as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.

All courses will have an element of blended teaching and delivery; therefore some sessions such as lectures will remain online and other sessions such as workshops will be in college.

What follows are more detailed instructions on what to expect as students start or return to student life at the College.

College Opening Days & Times:

  • The College will be open 4 days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • The opening hours will be 09.30am to 5.00pm on Mondays and Fridays and 09.30 to 7.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Every student will be in a cohort and each cohort will attend the college on specific days. This is to minimise the number of people in the College at any one time. Please attend on allotted days and not at other times.

Travel to the College:

  • If you are a student travelling to the UK from another country please check any quarantine rules that may apply to travellers from your country on the UK government website. 
  • Students are encouraged where possible to walk, cycle or drive to the College (please note we do not have parking available for students, you would need to find a carpark close by) and to avoid public transport where possible.
  • If traveling on public transport, then please follow the government guidelines for traveling safely on the UK government website.
  • Please note that since 15th June 2020 it is compulsory to wear a face covering in the UK on public transport, in shops and take away restaurants too.

The Building:

  • A cleaner will work at the College throughout the day cleaning all ‘touch points’ i.e. handles and general areas.
  • A thorough clean of the College will take place every evening once all students and staff have left for the day.
  • A screen has been installed at reception to protect staff when people enter the building.
  • Hands-free sanitiser stations have been placed on each floor and students will be required to use the hand sanitiser on entering the building.
  • The ground floor kitchen will be closed as this is a high-risk area. Therefore, no food can be stored or prepared in the College. Students will therefore need to plan for their own lunch provision. Students may eat food they have purchased from the local area at the College and personally collect any food deliveries to the College.
  • Students will need to bring their own laptops for self-study at the College.
  • There is directional signage to show walking flows around each floor and set ways to access each floor.
  • All tables and chairs have been organised so that 2-metre social distancing is adhered too.
  • Students are asked when they enter a classroom to sit in the same chair for the duration of the time they are in that class.
  • Seats in the communal areas will be cleaned after each time of use. Notices will be placed on each chair and when someone uses the chair they should pick up the notice and then dispose of it after they leave the chair in the recycling bin provided in each communal area. This will enable cleaners to know the chair has been occupied and so can be cleaned.
  • Disposable latex gloves will be provided and need to be worn when using books in the library or using the photocopy machine. Once the activity is complete all students are asked to dispose of the gloves in the bin provided.
  • Only staff that have a particular need to be in the building while we are open will be present. All other staff will be working from home, all academic staff not in the College will be available online as per course schedules. This is to limit unnecessary travel and capacity in the building. Therefore, your communication with the academic and operations team will remain online for the time being.

Student & Staff Responsibilities:

  • Everyone must adhere to the 2-metre distance rule when inside the College and follow all directional signage.
  • Students and staff will have their temperature checked at reception before they can proceed further into the building. Any person with a high temperature (38C or above) will be unable to enter.
  • Students and staff will be required to wear a mask in the college environment. Students will need to bring their own masks.
  • To use hand sanitiser on entering the building and washing your hands for 20 seconds regularly throughout your day at the college.
  • No one should invite guests to the College or have anyone come into the College reception to meet them.
  • Furniture must not be moved, as it has been strategically positioned based on social distancing guidelines.
  • Everyone must remember their access cards and use these to enter the building and the different floors.
  • Staff and students should not share equipment, therefore please make sure that you bring everything you need with you. This includes chargers for phones and laptops, you will not be able to borrow these from reception.
  • Students may not store items at the College, nothing can be left at reception or stored in the cupboard opposite reception.
  • Students may not smoke outside the building, students wanting to smoke will need to walk up to Soho Square. The doorway must be clear at all times.
  • The water machine will not be in use, please bring a drink with you.
  • If not compulsory, then we should mention that this is optional.

Student Mental Health & Wellbeing Support:

  • Student mental health and wellbeing support will remain online. Students can request one off general wellbeing session or a series of counselling sessions after an initial assessment. These requests are to be made directly to the College’s Student Counsellor.
  • The weekly CNC Hive will provide Health & Wellbeing guidance.

COVID-19 Symptoms:

  • If you or anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms, then please do not come into the College.
  • Possible signs of COVID-19 are a new persistent cough, high temperature, loss or change of your sense of taste and smell. Your household should self-isolate and anyone showing symptoms should be tested. All children and adults are now able to be tested. Testing information can be found on the UK government website. 
  • You should not return to the College until your test results have been received.
  • If your test result is negative, then you can return to the College when you feel well enough. We will need to see evidence of the result, before you will be able to enter.
  • If your test result is positive, then you need to inform us as soon as possible. Your household should self-isolate for 14 days. The College will close, a deep clean will be organised and will not be open again until that is complete.
  • If you are contacted by NHS test and trace, please follow their advice and let us know the situation.

Quarantine Restrictions:

Any students returning from outside the UK must follow government advice on self-isolation.

  • You may need to isolate for 14 days.
  • You may be asked to provide us with further details before returning to the College. 
  • For many countries quarantine is no longer applicable. A list of these countries can be found on the UK government website.

Risk Assessment:

  • A detailed risk assessment has been carried out by the Head of Facilities at the Condé Nast Head Office (the Adelphi) on the College specifically regarding COVID-19, this has also been signed off by the Condé Nast Director of Operations and the CEO of the College.

We will be constantly reviewing our protocols and the measures that we have put in place, to make sure that we are providing a safe place for our students and staff.

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