21/22 Spring Term
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 each student during the 21/22 Spring Term follows 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 restrictions
- guidance on testing if experiencing symptoms
- guidance on testing if you are a close contact of a positive case
- quarantine regulations if you are travelling from outside the UK
- You must self-isolate as soon as symptoms develop, or when you receive a positive test result, if you do not have symptoms. Symptoms associated with COVID may initially feel like a seasonal cold that develops into a headache followed by sore throat, runny nose and fever (including a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste). You must follow the current government guidelines on self-isolation, which can be found here.
- If you are advised that you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, while you are not required to self-isolate you are advised to take daily Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) for seven days. If one of the LFTs is positive, you must self-isolate immediately and you should report your test result on uk. It you are not vaccinated, you must isolate for 10 days immediately. If you test positive with a lateral flow test, you do not need to order a follow-up PCR test if you do not have symptoms. If you do have symptoms, you will need to take a PCR test.
- If you own a compatible iPhone or Android mobile phone, we recommend you 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 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 or are contacted as part of the ‘NHS Test and Trace’ scheme. If contacted by the latter, follow self-isolation guidelines provided by NHS Test and Trace.
When contacting COVID@Courtauld.ac.uk, please provide if possible details of
- anyone you may have been in contact with at The Courtauld in the 48 hours prior to the date of the test
- date your symptoms started
- date you tested positive
- if the test taken was an LFD or PCR.
- If you receive a positive test result, 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 a text message. It is important to confirm you are a student at The Courtauld and that you quote the postcode of our main teaching site, Vernon Square (WC1X 9EW).
- Regularly (i.e. twice a week/ every 3 to 4 days) take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) during the Spring 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 out random on-site spot checks to verify members of its community are engaging in Lateral Flow 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
- use hand sanitisers
- ensure good respiratory hygiene is adopted: for example, sneeze into your elbow, dispose of used tissues correctly and cover your mouth when coughing.
- wear and dispose of/wash of face coverings correctly
- when meeting others to whom you are not regularly in contact, do so in an appropriately distanced manner if practical and only meet in a well ventilated room (i.e. one with openable windows) or if possible outdoors.
- If you are living in Courtauld accommodation (Duchy House), please follow guidelines on how you interact with and share communal spaces with fellow residents and adhere to the COVID-19 guidance set out in the Licence Agreement and Accommodation Handbook and any additional guidance provided by the Accommodation Manager or Head of Estates and Facilities.
- If you are living in a third party providers’ accommodation or a private household, please follow guidance provided by the Halls Management and/or the relevant Government/Public Health England guidance.
- If attending social events arranged by Courtauld Students’ Union societies, adhere to guidelines issued by those organising the events which will include the wearing of face coverings and providing evidence of a negative Lateral Flow Test.
- Try wherever possible to maintain appropriate physical distancing from those you do not normally meet, and if you meet others indoors, do so in a space that is well ventilated.
- Follow both UK Government and The Courtauld’s policy on wearing face coverings on Courtauld premises. Our updated face coverings policy can be found here.
- Show respect and consideration to fellow staff, students, volunteers and all visitors to The Courtauld and the wider community. This includes if you are asked to follow or reminded of any of The Courtauld’s COVID-19 safety measures.
- The Courtauld also recommends that all students 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 19 April 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