Covid Measures Christmas Quarantine Course
This page has been set up to outline the COVID measures in place on our Christmas Quarantine course. It will be updated on a regular basis. (Last Updated 10:29 3 November 2020)
In order to be accepted onto the course, all students must have a negative COVID test undertaken at least 3 days prior to departure to the UK. Evidence of the test must be sent to Bucksmore Education via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or students will not be accepted onto the course.
Upon arrival in the UK, all students should proceed to the arrivals area where they will be met by their driver who will take them directly to the centre. If multiple students arrive on the same flight they may be transported together. A face mask must be worn for the duration of the journey.
When students arrive at the centre a COVID test will be administered at the earliest opportunity. Students will be taken directly to their rooms upon arrival where they will need to stay until a negative test is returned. Hopefully, this will be within 48 hours but maybe longer.
During this quarantine time, students must stay in their rooms, apart from when using their designated bathroom. Wi-Fi is provided in all rooms and meals will be brought to students rooms at mealtimes. An emergency phone number will be provided should they have any problems and staff will regularly check on students throughout the day.
Once a negative test has been returned students will be able to leave their rooms and mix with other students on the course for the planned course activities and project work.
If a positive test is returned students must remain isolating in their room for 10 days from the date of the test. If after 10 days the student does not show any symptoms, or only displays a cough or changes to smell and taste they will be allowed to join the course. Students will be monitored and medical advice will be sought where necessary.
All students on the course will only have contact with each other and designated staff who will stay with students for the duration of the course. Within the main group, students will be broken down to smaller groups, or bubbles, of no more than 15 students. This will be their main group for the duration of the course for activities, project sessions and meals. There may be occasions where there are activities for the entire group, but where this occurs students should maintain at least a 2-metre distance from students in other bubbles and limit their interaction to others within their own bubble. Where possible students will use the same classrooms throughout the course. Where rooms are shared between different bubbles these will be cleaned and sanitised before a different bubble uses the space.
A regular enhanced cleaning regime will be in place on the site in line with UK government guidance.
All students should bring masks with them for their arrival transfer. Disposable masks will be provided onsite. As well as being worn during arrival and departure transfers masks must be worn when walking around the site. They can be removed when students are seated/taking part in an activity in an enclosed room.
During the course, if any student displays COVID symptoms guidance will be sought from the NHS and/or Public Health England. Initially, all students within the same bubble will need to self-isolate in their rooms. A COVID test will be carried out as soon as possible for the student with symptoms. If a negative test is returned the course will continue as planned for all students. If the student with symptoms test positive they will need to remain in their room for 10 days. If after 10 days they do not have any symptoms, or only displays a cough or changes to smell and taste they will be allowed to join the course. All other students within the same bubble will have to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of the test. If the self-isolation period extends beyond 11th January Bucksmore will work in consultation with the student’s parents and school to ensure the student misses as little of their schooling as possible. The option to remain at St Albans is possible if required, and the cost for this will be passed to the parent if this happens
At the end of the course, students will be taken by private transfer to their boarding school. Where multiple students are going to the same school they may share transport with each other. Mask must be worn during this transfer.
Student details, including the school they attend, will be kept for at least 21 days after the end of the programme to comply with UK Test and Trace guidance
Due to the changing nature of the COVID pandemic, these measures are likely to change at short notice in order to comply with UK government guidance and regulation. We will try to provide updated guidance should these measures change drastically but this may not always be possible.