In order to continue to protect our community’s health and support our collective wellbeing as we continue to adapt to living with COVID-19 we recommend that all Courtauld staff follow the guidance set out below.
- Abide by all national public health regulations brought in to stop the spread of COVID-19 and follow specific guidance on health measures, together with local public health guidance. This includes complying with any national or local lockdowns, quarantine regulations if you are travelling from outside the UK and self-isolating if:
- You have any of the classic symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to my sense of smell or taste)
- You have tested positive for COVID-19
- You have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, OR have not yet had your second COVID-19 vaccination OR had your second COVID-19 vaccination less than 14 days ago
- You have been notified to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app.
We would also recommend staff show caution if:
- You have any of the symptoms associated with the Delta variant which may initially feel like a seasonal cold that develops into a headache followed by sore throat, runny nose and fever.
- You have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, have not yet had your second COVID-19 vaccination more than 14 days ago, or are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons.
In both of these situations, you should take a PCR test and receive a negative result before coming to any Courtauld building.
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- wn a compatible iphone or android mobile phone, you should download the NHS COVID-19 app and scan the QR code displayed in the reception entrance (and or in communal areas) each day as you enter The Courtauld’s premises at Vernon Square, Somerset House and Duchy House.
- Immediately inform The Courtauld via COVID@courtauld.ac.uk should you have tested positive for COVID-19 or contacted as part of the ‘NHS Test and Trace’ scheme, and follow self-isolation guidelines as appropriate. Please provide if possible details of anyone you have been in contact with at The Courtauld in the last 48 hours. Do not come to Vernon Square, Somerset House or visit Duchy House under any of these circumstances.
- If you show symptoms of COVID-19, book a PCR test as soon as possible. You must self-isolate until a test is available. Inform COVID@courtauld.ac.uk of any test results. If positive, you may be contacted by NHS Test and Trace who may seek to determine your close contacts. Please engage with the service when you receive the call or text message. It is very important to ensure that you outline that you are a staff member at The Courtauld and that you quote the postcode of our main teaching site, Vernon Square (WC1X 9EW).
If you are unwell, please take the time as sickness leave. If you are self-isolating and able to work, discuss working from home with your Manager. If you have caring responsibilities that mean you cannot work but need to take time off, you may be able to use your Special Paid Leave allowance – please discuss this with your Manager.
- Participate in regular twice a week, every 3 to 4 days Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing during the Autumn Term, via the use of home testing kits either provided by The Courtauld or obtained directly via this web link. Please report your test results each time at gov.uk/report-covid-19-result.
- The Courtauld may carry random on-site spot checks to ensure that all members of its community are engaging in regular LFD testing. To support this, please ensure that you have a photo of your most recent negative test or your email / text confirmation that you have received from NHS Test and Trace.
- Continue to practise effective hygiene methods to limit contact transmission, including:
- regular thorough handwashing with soap
- using hand sanitisers
- ensuring good respiratory hygiene is adopted for example, sneeze into your elbow, dispose of used tissues correctly and cover your mouth when coughing.
- correct wearing and disposal/washing of face coverings
- when meeting others to whom you are not regularly in contact, to do so appropriately distanced if practical and to only meet in a well-ventilated room (i.e. one with openable windows) or if possible outdoors.
- Try wherever possible to maintain appropriate physical distancing from those you do not normally meet with, and if you meet with others indoors, do so in a space that is well ventilated.
Support ventilation arrangements by keeping at least one window open in rooms in which you may be working. For those occupying shared and or individual offices you are requested to take responsibility for opening and closing windows in these rooms yourself to suit your own level of comfort. For staff in shared offices, you should keep windows and doors open (when safe to do so) to encourage the movement and flow of air through the rooms without causing discomfort.
- Follow The Courtauld’s policy on wearing face coverings on Courtauld premises as well as policies of institutions visited for teaching purposes and of the Transport for London network.
- Show respect and consideration to fellow staff, students, volunteers and all visitors to The Courtauld and the wider community. This include if you are asked to follow or reminded of any of The Courtauld’s COVID-19 safety measures.
- If you invite visitors to any Courtauld site, you will be responsible for making sure they are aware of all Courtauld COVID-19 policies, and will be responsible for ensuring that they are engaging in and able to evidence regular LFD testing.
- The Courtauld also recommends all staff take up their full course of COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters where applicable.
The Courtauld has undertaken an organisational risk assessment for all Courtauld activities and this assessment will continue to be kept under regular review. We will continue to implement a range of sensible and proportionate control measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to our staff and students. This will include:
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting regimes
- Making available hand sanitiser, wipes and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on site in key areas
- Monitoring and making adjustments to the fresh air in-take to mechanical ventilation systems and monitoring of CO2 levels in teaching spaces, studios, library spaces, gallery rooms and other spaces as may be deemed appropriate and necessary, to maintain appropriate levels of ventilation
- Providing clear guidance to students about how to look after their health and wellbeing, how to seek support, and how to raise concerns
- Encouraging staff and students to take up their full course of vaccinations
- Encouraging staff and students to take regular LFD tests
- Communicating any changes in guidance quickly to our staff and students
This policy will remain in effect until at least 9 January 2022, or until further guidance is received from the UK Government.
 This means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
 This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
 This means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal