This page reflects advice from the Department for Education (DfE), World Health Organisation (WHO), Public Health England (PHE) and other public organisation. It will be updated regularly to provide the necessary information to keep staff and students safe and reassured.
COVID-19 is the novel strain of coronavirus which was first identified in Wuhan City in China. The risk level in the UK has been raised to high and the government is working hard with its plan to curtail transmission among the general public. The typical symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and a cough that may progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. More severe symptoms may occur in people with weak immune systems such as the older people or those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. For further information about COVID-19, how it spreads and what you need to know, visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
The current advice from Public Health England is for you to:
– Go into self-quarantine and contact NHS helpline 111 if you have a fever and persistent cough with or without any travel history.
– Stay at home and follow the advice of NHS111 Online help if you’ve travelled to the UK from the following places in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath, even if your symptoms are mild:
- Mainland China outside of Hubei province
- South Korea outside of the special care zones
- Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and the number of reported cases. This list will be updated as soon as additional information becomes available.
While in self-quarantine:
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol or as recommended by health professionals, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze, throw used tissue in a bin and wash your hands immediately as discussed above.
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday High-touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you suspect that you have contracted the coronavirus. Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next and how you can get tested.
If you happen to test positive for COVID-19, follow the instructions provided for your recovery plan and do not attend the College until you are advised to do so by the competent authority.
The DfE has launched a COVID-19 Helpline for staff and students as follows:
The helpline is open from 8.am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday.
You can also find the latest information on COVID-19 and guidelines for educational settings on the GOV.UK website.
What LSME is doing
The College has taken a bold step in line with directives from the government and the OfS to suspend all face-to-face lectures from 19/3/2020. All lessons are taking place using an online platform. These lessons are aligned with the curriculum timetable and the assessment schedule has remained unchanged.
We are using similar online platform to conduct interviews for admissions and mitigate at exam boards.
Students in self-quarantine for any of the above reasons should immediately inform the College via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to the respective Programme Leaders. College Hotline 07591188303 can be used for any emergencies during the off-hours.
LSME has provided hand sanitising options around the premises. As the scale of the outbreak has grown, so too has our response to the cleanliness of our buildings. Cleaning has been intensified and reprioritised to include touchpoints such as door handles and lift buttons, café tables and chairs. Cleaning hours have been increased to accommodate these changes.
Staff and Students are advised to read online updates on COVID-19 and to modify their hygiene practices as discussed above.
Our plans will be reviewed and modified accordingly should there be extensive staff and student sickness which prevents our current mode of service provision. Staff and students will be updated regularly should we enter into a period of significant national disruption.