Covid 19 Policy
This Policy is to be reviewed on a monthly basis, in accordance with UK Government guidelines.
How We Are Keeping Students Safe
We understand that students will be excited, but also nervous, about their trip abroad with us. Below is a summary of some of the things we are doing to help make sure they feel safe whilst in class and in their accommodation.
In Class Safety: Common areas and classrooms
- Upon entering the class, all staff and students will have their temperature checked. This will happen twice a day.
- Throughout the campus, social distancing and hygiene will be reinforced with clear signage.
- All campuses will have floor markings which will provide clear guidance on social distancing measures.
- Hand sanitizer will be available for all staff and students throughout the school.
- Room layouts have changes and furniture moved to make it easier to keep a distance.
- Everyone in the school will be asked to wear a mask and extra masks will be available on campus in case a student’s own masks break suddenly.
- There will be an intense deep clean schedule to make the school as safe as possible.
- PLUS will follow local government rules for staff or students who show COVID-19 symptoms or who test positive for COVID-19.
- Protective screens will be installed at reception and other key interacting points.
- Classrooms and common room windows will be kept open when possible, to encourage constant ventilation.
Class management and timetables
- All main and elective classes will be taught in school, face to face whenever government regulations allow. Class sizes will be kept as small as possible, to allow for social distancing.
- Student timetables will be staggered to allow for different arrival times and social distancing.
- PLUS will introduce outdoor trips as and when it is safe to do so and providers reopen.
- Level testing will be done online.
- Students are required to bring their own writing materials and notebooks and not to exchange amongst each other.
- Any shared class stationary provided by PLUS (i.e., scissors) will be kept assigned to classrooms and sterilised at the beginning and end of each class by the teacher.
- Teachers will sterilise desks and chairs at the beginning and end of every lessons with disinfectant spray.
- Students will be placed in single rooms, unless two students who live together in their home country are travelling together and request a shared room. No other room sharing is allowed.
- Hosts will inform PLUS of any medical conditions which means they would be considered high risk so we can assess whether or not they host at this time. Also, students will inform PLUS of any medical conditions which would mean they would be considered high risk so we can inform hosts and find the most suitable accommodation for them.
- Under current government guidelines, students outside of agreed travel corridors will be required to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival into the country. During this time, students should spend as little time as possible around other family members. Hosts will be asked to deliver meals to the students by placing food outside of students’ bedrooms for them to retrieve.
- PLUS will do our best to provide students with access to a separate bathroom to the other household members. If this is not possible, bathrooms will be wiped down after each use.
- Homestay hosts will be briefed on what to do if a student or anyone in their household presents symptoms and Head Office will be available to assist in such circumstances.
- Subject to availability, we will be placing students in accommodation where they have their own bathrooms and kitchens, minimising interaction with other students.
- Where studio accommodation is not available, we will begin allocating students in ensuite rooms in separate flats to minimise chance of infection.
- Students will be designated with a specific bathroom if they are in shared accommodation.
- Frequency of cleaning throughout accommodation will be increased.
- Hand sanitiser stations will be placed within accommodation and monitored.
- Common rooms will be shut off to avoid students congregating together inside in proximity.
- Windows will be kept open when possible, to encourage constant ventilation.
- PLUS will help facilitate an unwell student by delivering food and medicine and isolating them in accommodation to limit contamination.