September update on Sarum College safety measures

New government guidelines limiting social gatherings to six people come into effect on Monday 14 September.

Sarum College implemented enhanced safety measures upon reopening on 1 August and will continue to operate in much the same way, welcoming visitors for B&B, courses and meetings.

Rest assured we are doing everything we can to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit.

How does it affect Sarum College hospitality?

1) Enhanced trace and trace system

Effective immediately, staff and visitors to Sarum College will sign in with their telephone or e-mail address so they can be contacted within 21 days should another visitor test COVID positive. In these circumstances we will contact anyone who had close contact with the person who tested positive to advise the required actions. 

All visitor contact details will be disposed of through our confidential waste system after 21 days.

All staff and guests are asked to continue to do their part to inhibit the spread of infection:

·         Wash your hands regularly (20 seconds).

·         Wear a face covering upon arrival until you have a satisfactory temperature and where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

·         Stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place.

2) Social occasions

From Monday 14 September until further notice we will not be able to host social functions for friends and family groups of more than six people who do not live together or form a support bubble.

3) Other events

We can host up to 30 people for work, and voluntary or charitable services, and for education and training. We are also able to host up to 30 people for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions, or for other religious life-cycle ceremonies and for funerals.

How do the new rules affect Sarum College courses and teaching?

We are committed to continuing to provide quality, innovative, and worthwhile education for our students. Obviously we prefer to teach and offer courses on an in-person basis, but we are committed to in-person instruction only when we know we can do it safely.  

The COVID-safe measures we have in place as detailed above enable in-person instruction to continue, though we are – at the same time – also increasing our online provision and prepared to offer flexibility to both tutors and students who need it.  As a result, we are prepared to shift to provide hybrid (online and in-person instruction) or online only delivery should the need arise in order for teaching to continue to be accessible to students. 

Read the full government guidance issued on 9 September 2020.

11 September 2020

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