This page has been set up to provide the latest news and status of activity for our students, parents and partners with questions or concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19). It will be updated on a regular basis. (Last Updated 15:25, 25 March 2020)
School operations and contingency planning
Is the school closed?
Since Monday 23 March we have moved to online teaching for all students. Please see more information here.
What is the School doing to protect the community?
Please know that we have been actively contingency planning across the School for a range of operational scenarios:
- All students are registered with a local doctor and the school nurse is available to provide medical advice every day and is contact with Public Health England to receive any additional guidance.
- All tutors, Director of Studies and Houseparents are in day-to-day contact with students providing advice and guidance.
- All buildings are scrupulously cleaned.
Dining and residential life (boarders only)
Will the dining hall be operational?
We are planning to keep catering facility open until Friday 3 April, when term ends. Depending on numbers, we may consolidate the number of locations where food is provided. We will review this on a daily basis and ensure that students are kept informed of where meals will be served.
What are arrangements for boarders?
Boarders are asked to return home or to guardians as soon as possible, if arrangements can be made. However, we will ensure that sufficient boarding houses remain open to accommodate those boarders who need to remain on site until the end of term (Friday 3rd April). We are working closely with families on an individual basis to ensure that arrangements have been put in place for all of our students.
Can employees work remotely?
All staff are required to work from home wherever possible as per government guidance issued on 23 March 2020. This applies until Monday 13 April 2020. We are aiming to have all staff set up with Microsoft Teams accounts and remote desktop access within the next week.
School Events and visitors
Are events still happening at the school?
As all students will be studying remotely as of Monday 23 March, all events and activities until Easter have been postponed.
Are student tours still being offered?
What happens if a case of Covid-19 (student or staff) is confirmed at the School?
We will follow the guidance set out in the UK’s government guidance for educational settings.
What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus and how is it spread?
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a new and continuous cough
- a high temperature (37.8 degrees or above)
Because it’s a new illness, it is not known exactly how it is spread but it is probably in cough droplets.
I am displaying symptoms of coronavirus. What should I do?
Please do not come into work or go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The current medical advice is that you should stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a new and continuous cough
- a high temperature (37.8 degrees or above)
Use the 111 online Coronavirus service to find out what to do next. If you only have mild symptoms, you won’t be tested. If requested to stay at home, please inform your line manager and the HR team (HR@oxfordinternational.com).
If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For medical emergencies only, dial 999.
Do I need a ‘fit note’ (doctor’s note) for self-isolation?
No but your absence should be reported to your line manager in the usual way.
What precautions should I take?
Please maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene. This advice includes:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.
I am being tested for, or have been diagnosed with coronavirus. What should I do?
Stay at home and let your line manager know as soon as possible. Inform your line manager as soon as you have the test results.
What do I do if I think either I or someone else has the coronavirus?
If you or someone else thinks they are displaying the symptoms of coronavirus, it is important to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Use the NHS111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.
Any confirmed or suspected student cases should also be reported to your line manager.
In the event of a suspected staff case please inform your line manager and the Oxford International HR team (HR@oxfordinternational.com).
I have recently returned from another country. What should I do?
The latest UK Government guidance is now asking that anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home (self-isolate) for seven days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas.
If this affects you, please let (staff) your line manager know or (students) make your personal/academic tutor aware.
What should I do if I believe I am particularly vulnerable?
Public Health England has advised that those particularly vulnerable include:
- Those aged 70 and over
- Those under 70 with an underlying medical condition(ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds)
- Those who are pregnant
Public Health England advise those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.
We understand you may be concerned if you feel you are more vulnerable to the coronavirus than others (for example if you are in the categories listed above, or have vulnerable family members). If you are uncertain, members of staff should speak to their medical provider in the first instance, and students should speak to Sarah Squire (Sarah.Squire@doverbroecks.com).
The School will support you as much as possible. Vulnerable staff should work from home. If you are not able to carry out your role remotely, you will be granted special paid leave. This guidance also applies to people who live with and / or care for elderly people and people with vulnerable health conditions.
The symptoms are defined as a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above) and a new, continuous cough.
You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
For any more questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Squire (Sarah.Squire@doverbroecks.com).
Also, please read the UK’s government’s advice for educational settings: