We know we have an important duty to our community in Bath and have developed very detailed plans and guidance for our students and staff to make sure they are clear about how to adhere to both local and national rules including social distancing, the wearing of face coverings, hand washing and limits on social gatherings.
We have also given students instructions on what to do if a member of their household becomes ill, or develops symptoms of Covid-19. We have plans in place to support them if they need to self-isolate and can’t leave their home.
We are asking all international students to follow Government guidelines and self-isolate for two weeks on arrival. We are providing free accommodation to those students for the two week isolation period, including any student who will then move into private accommodation in town. We are delivering food and other necessities to these students so they do not need to leave their accommodation during that time. If any isolating students show signs of illness during the quarantine period, they, along with any flatmates, will be tested for Covid-19 and only allowed to end their quarantine on the direction of public health.
We have published our Local Outbreak Management Plan which explains the procedures we will follow in the event of an outbreak of Covid-19 at Bath Spa.
We are conscious of the need to encourage our students and staff alike to behave respectfully towards one another and members of our community. We are asking everyone to commit to the Bath Spa Community Pledge. We hope the Pledge reinforces the core values of our University and reminds us all of our responsibilities to be good, respectful and compassionate citizens.
We are working in close collaboration with local public health and health protection teams and with the University of Bath, to ensure we have a joined-up approach. This is an unprecedented year for our students, staff and the wider community. We are very committed in our efforts to help ensure good public health and safety, both on and off our campuses.