Update on Sarum College safety measures

November update

Following the Prime Minister’s 31 October 2020 announcement of new public safety restrictions, Sarum College is temporarily closed to the public until the end of this lockdown period.

You can reach the College by email info@sarum.ac.uk

Please note that staff who are not on furlough may take longer to reply – thank you for your patience.

Library services have been adapted to government guidance. Details here

Like many other organisations, Sarum College is facing financial hardship given the scale of cancellations for course, accommodation and conference bookings. If you would like to make a donation to Sarum College to help our work continue to thrive, we would be extremely grateful. Details on our website here

Visiting Sarum College under the Tier system for local COVID alert levels

We continue to monitor and adhere to government guidance on public health to ensure we offer a safe environment to our guests and students.

Our visitor policy has evolved in response to the tier system announced 12 October as follows:

Sarum College is located in a Tier 1 area, which means the local COVID alert level is medium. Healthy residents in Tier 1 areas are welcome to come to Sarum College for private stays, courses and events that fall within government guidelines.  Details here

People in Tier 2 where the local COVID alert level is high, are able to continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education but should reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.  We ask that anyone travelling to Sarum College from an area within Tier 2 should do so having given due consideration of the guidance, and balance the reason for the travel against the safety risk their own habits and lifestyle might pose to others.

The guidance advises those in Tier 3 where the local COVID alert level is very high to avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK. Therefore we are currently unable to accept private bookings from those in a Tier 3 area. Sarum students based in a Tier 3 area will be able to continue their studies online.

Thank you for considering the health and safety of others. If you have any questions, please contact us.

September guidance update

In light of the revised government guidance issued on 24 September 2020, we have updated our policy on face coverings.

Staff, students and other visitors must wear a face covering when moving through the College’s common areas. This includes corridors, stairwells, the library and the refectory. Face coverings can be removed when seated at a library study desk and at a table in the refectory.

Face coverings also are optional for those seated at a safe distance from one another in an office or meeting room for learning, work or to provide voluntary or charitable services.

Acceptable face coverings include a face mask, scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering which fit securely round the side of the face.

Students are expected to wear face masks when moving around in common areas or in the classroom, but face masks will be optional while seated and learning as long the classroom remains set up to maintain appropriate social distancing,

Like others, lecturers are expected to wear face masks while moving amongst students or in common areas.  As long as lecturing takes place at a 2m+ distance from the nearest student(s), face shields are optional whilst lecturing.  Due to accessibility concerns, face masks are not allowed unless they are clear and do not obscure facial expression.

There are a number of exceptions to the face covering requirement, including children under the age of 11 and those for whom a mask exacerbates an illness or causes distress.

View the full list of exceptions

This guidance modifies the fuller update of safety measures from early September.

We will continue to review our policies as government guidance on public safety evolves.

Thank you for your continued support.

This update reflects government guidelines limiting social gatherings to six people which came into effect on 14 September, and a further update on face coverings issued on 24 September.

Sarum College has implemented enhanced safety measures and continues to welcome 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 track and trace system

Staff and visitors to Sarum College are to 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.

We ask all staff, students and guests to continue to do their part to inhibit the spread of infection:

·         Wash your hands regularly (20 seconds).

·         Wear a face covering when moving through the College’s common areas. This includes corridors, stairwells, the library and the refectory. Face coverings can be removed when seated at a library study desk and at a table in the refectory. Face coverings also are optional for those seated at a safe distance from one another in an office or meeting room for learning, work or to provide voluntary or charitable services. More than six people are allowed to gather for these purposes.

There are a number of exceptions to the face covering requirement, including children under the age of 11 and those for whom a mask exacerbates an illness or causes distress.

View the full list of exceptions

·         Stay two metres apart from people you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place.

2) Social occasions

Until further notice we will not be able to host social functions for friends and family groups of more than six people.

3) Other events

We can host up to 30 people for work, and voluntary or charitable services, and for education and training.

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

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

Students must wear face masks when moving around in common areas or in the classroom, but face masks will be optional while seated and learning as long the classroom remains set up to maintain appropriate social distance.

Like others, lecturers are expected to wear face masks while moving among students or in common areas. As long as lecturing takes place at a 2m+ distance from the nearest student(s), face shields are optional. In the interest of accessibility, face shields should be clear to avoid obscuring facial expression.

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 update

Updated 23 October 2020

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